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Physics reporter for Nature (opinions my own!), Iberophile, feminist, Leeds fan. She/her

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@LizzieGibney — 2,725 followers, 1,280 tweets

@gbrumfiel @JohnWomersley So yes, totally possible that conclusions of the design phase discourage politicians from pumping in more cash. But I'm keeping an open mind!
@gbrumfiel @JohnWomersley ...figuring out the materials that would last long enough to harness energy in a cost-effective way, if smaller really is cheaper, prototyping equipment and addressing if it's even possible to move to the engineering phase with the above knowledge gaps.
@gbrumfiel @JohnWomersley Fair points! Sounded like STEP is less about testing D-T at scale (the plan assumes ITER helps them understand dynamics of a burning plasma & shows tritium breeding works) and more about...
@gbrumfiel Why can’t you move ahead? It’s dependent on ITER proving things are feasible, but there’s no sign £200M is all the gov will give if that’s what you mean
@gbrumfiel Just reread the story and I think a key bit maybe got a bit swallowed in the edit - the £200M is for the concept design, over 4 years, and that’s what he’s referring to. He’s definitely not suggesting it would be enough to build a reactor!
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