I said the Galaxy S9 should’ve copied the iPhone X notch, and holy crap were Android fanboys triggered

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Galaxy S9 Vs iPhone X Display Notch

In an article published on Monday, I shared some renders made by a graphic designer that showed us what the new Galaxy S9 would look like if Samsung had copied Apple’s iPhone X display design. In my opinion, a notched display design like the iPhone X would make Samsung’s new flagship look even better than it already does.

The Galaxy S9 display could extend almost all the way to the bottom of the phone like it does on the iPhone X thanks to Apple’s nifty method of hiding the display controller, and the top corners would extend just as far. Then the ear speaker, front-facing camera, and sensors could reside in the centrally located notch at the top of the screen. This is a design that remains controversial — people either love it or hate it. Personally, I like the design a lot, and as I wrote, I think it would improve the look of Samsung’s Galaxy S9 by allowing Samsung to cover more of the phone’s front side with screen.

It was a rather simple little article that I thought was innocuous. But holy moly, Android fanboys were triggered.

Shortly after that article was published, I began receiving dozens of emails from whiny Android fanboys. OK wait, calm down. I’m not suggesting all Android fans are whiny, and I’m not suggesting that Apple fanboys are not whiny. In fact, Apple fanboys are often even more whiny. All I’m saying is that these particular Android fanboys were ugly-crying into my inbox. I stopped checking Twitter long ago, but I’m sure my mentions and DMs were just as colorful.

Now, I didn’t read all of the emails I received yesterday. I get somewhere between 300 and 500 emails on a normal day without fanboy rage, so I never have time to read all my emails. The ones I did read, however, can be split into two main groups.

The larger group shared the opinion that I am a fool because Apple’s notched iPhone X display design is ugly. Had Samsung used the same design on the Galaxy S9, they argued, it too would have been ugly. This is obviously a very valid opinion that is no more or less valid than my own. The notch is divisive, and it’ll continue to be controversial for the foreseeable future.

Some of the people who emailed me accused me of being a liar. Similar to far-right conservatives and far-left liberals, they’re so convinced that their opinion is the only one, they simply cannot comprehend any sane, intelligent person disagreeing. A few people even cited an earlier article I wrote, in which I basically called the iPhone X’s notch an abomination. It is absolutely true that I hated the look of Apple’s notched display design in photos before the phone was released. Sadly, these emailers must have missed all the articles like this one where I changed my mind and ate crow once I actually began using the iPhone X.

Wait, what? Opinions can change!?!

Of course, that’s neither here nor there. Android fanboys are entitled to their opinions just like everyone else, and if they hate the notch, then so be it. Of course, they had better get used to it since so many Android phone makers are copying the design. In fact, Apple’s iPhone X display design is being copied by so many Android phone makers that Google is actually building notch support into the next version of Android.

And that brings us to the second group of whiny emails I received. This group was far smaller than the first, but it was far angrier as well. According to this group, a Galaxy S9 with a notch wouldn’t be copying Apple at all. Instead, it’s actually Apple that’s the copycat.

Yes, we’ve all seen this song and dance plenty of times before.

These cute folks have managed to convinced themselves that all this hubbub over notched displays isn’t because of Apple and the iPhone X. Instead, all these companies out there embracing the concept of a notch are doing so because of another company. A true trailblazer and pioneer: Essential.

Hey, come on. Stop laughing. Let’s at least hear them out!

Long, long before Apple had the idea to release a smartphone with a notch cut out of the screen, Essential released the PH-1 with a notch at the top for the front-facing camera. Apple’s designers saw this, the story goes, and rushed to copy the design for the iPhone X. You see, Apple is a follower when it comes to design, not a leader. And all these other Android vendors out there that have released phones that look exactly like the iPhone X are actually copying Essential, not Apple. Get it?

Of course, we all know that this is absolutely ridiculous. Essential unveiled the PH-1 in mid-2017, long after Apple began developing the iPhone X. In fact, the iPhone X was so far along at that point that dummy models featuring the final iPhone X design —  notch and all — had already been leaking for months.

But the Essential PH-1 was released in August, and August comes before November, so Essential clearly did it first. The logic is unassailable.

Let’s take a quick look at the designs to refresh our memories.

Essential’s notch

Apple’s notch

Every other copycat Android vendor’s notches

They all look just like the Essential phone, right!?

Look, no one is arguing that Apple was the first smartphone maker on the planet to release a smartphone with a chunk sliced out of the screen. But “first” is often meaningless in this industry. Apple is a trend-setter, and the entire industry has been chasing Apple’s iPhone designs for a decade now.

Was Apple the first smartphone maker to release a phone with a big touchscreen and no physical keyboard? Nope, definitely not. But once Apple did it, every other big vendor copied the new design and companies like BlackBerry and Nokia that initially refused to were destroyed. Was the iPhone the first smartphone on the planet to feature a fingerprint sensor? Of course not, but Apple did it better than any company that came before it, and then the entire market rushed to follow Apple’s lead. Now, fingerprint authentication is on almost every smartphone out there. It’s not because Motorola put a fingerprint scanner on some crappy phone no one bought, it’s because Apple introduced Touch ID on the iPhone 5s.

In the end, of course, none of this really matters. Pick the phone that’s right for you and enjoy it. And as for smartphone designs, liking a display that is almost bezel-less aside from a notch at the top isn’t right or wrong, it’s a matter of preference. Personally, I think the Galaxy S9 would look better with almost no bezel at the bottom and a notch at the top. Many of the hundreds of thousands of people who read that article yesterday agree with me. Others do not. You know what — who cares either was? Time marches on.

You know what, though? People who refuse to embrace the notch are going to see their options severely limited for a while, until vendors find a good way to hide cameras, speakers, and sensors under display panels. Dozens of little Android companies have copied Apple’s notch, and now big companies like Huawei, Asus, and even LG are stealing the design. With Android P fully embracing notch support, haters are going to have a rough couple of years ahead of them.

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Out Now: ‘ChronoBlade’, ‘Evoland 2’, ‘Lichtspeer’, ‘Tekken’, ‘Holy Potatoes! We’re in Space?!’, ‘Majesty of Colors Remastered’, ‘Art Club Challenge’, ‘Villagers & Heroes’, ‘Part Time UFO’, ‘Peak Rider Snowboarding’ and More

As you can probably tell from that rather chunky headline above, this is a massive week of new iOS game releases. I was certainly expecting a few of these as their release dates had been announced already, but then more and more big games just kept showing up and when we finally put them altogether this turned out to be quite an exciting week on the App Store. This includes the LONG awaited arrival of side-scrolling brawler ChronoBlade, the “they said it couldn’t be done but we did it anyway” iOS port of Evoland 2, the absurd homage to all things German spear-throwing game Lichtspeer, and the long soft-launched mobile version of Tekken. Whew! And of course there’s tons more so be sure to give the full list of new games below a thorough look and let us know which games you’ll be picking up this week.


 

Arena: Galaxy Control

iTunes Description

Enter the Arena! Join with friends in a free-to-play, real-time PvP multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA). He who win the Arena controls the Galaxy!

Collect and upgrade ever-growing number of cards featuring the sci-fi troops, perks and defenses. Destroy enemy Spacecruiser Towers with your army to defeat your opponents and win Fame, Stars and glory in the Arena. Form a Squad to share cards and build your very own battle community.

Forum Thread: Arena: Galaxy Control (by FX Games Media)


Armored Warfare: Assault

iTunes Description

Armored Warfare: Assault is the brand new action MMO tank shooter that brings the dynamic action-packed PvP with respawn now to mobile!

Armored Warfare: Assault is set in realistic environment, features modern armored vehicles, and flavored with effective progression system, crew avatar collection, and “modern toys” like smoke grenades, airstrikes, guided missiles and more.

Forum Thread: Armored Warfare: Assault (by MY COM)


Art Club Challenge

iTunes Description

Solve challenges by making abstract art while unleashing your creativity. Playing as an art student striving to prove yourself, progress through the game’s narrative as you complete challenges. Push the boundaries of your artistic abilities, while tasked with creating familiar objects utilizing only a small color palate and limited shapes. Share your masterpieces with your friends through the online gallery and explore how others completed the same challenges while creating their own unique and personalized works of art.

Forum Thread: Art Club Challenge (by Polytundra)


Battle Boom

iTunes Description

Enemies up ahead Commander!
Plan out your strategy and the use of Battle Point to outstrip your opponents with your troops in the extended battlefields!

Go all out BOOM with the newest RTS type mobile game! Be the commander to your always ready for action troops and epic units and lead them to glory!

Take control of the battle and be ready to bring on the BOOM with over 70 different types of units. Whether it is swarming the opponent with infantry troops, blasting your way through enemy defenses with tanks or surprising the enemy with exploding rats!

Forum Thread: Battle Boom (by Four Thirty Three)


Bounce 2 Break

iTunes Description

Bounce 2 Break is a casual block breaking game.Its a one tap game that could be played using one hand.
Bounce 2 Break contains endless game play mode and the aim of the game is survive as much as you can.
Bounce with a tap and break all the blocks as fast as you can.

Forum Thread: Bounce 2 Break (by TheGameAppStudio)


ChronoBlade

iTunes Description

Put your fighting skills to the test. ChronoBlade is the only side-scrolling RPG brawler featuring explosive arcade-style combat, and real-time synchronous PvP action.

Explosive Skill-Based Combat
Each character has over 30 punishing ground and air attacks for you to chain together for insane combos. Master the controls to dodge, block and counter attacks.

Dominate in Real-Time Synchronous Battles
Crush your competition in synchronous PvP battles. Your skill and timing are key in this competitive action game.

Forum Thread: ChronoBlade (by nWay Inc.)


Dungeon Survivor II

iTunes Description

Official sequel of classic popular adventure game Dungeon Survivor.

Dungeon Survivor II – Dark Tide is a simulation and dungeon adventure game.

This time, you will lead your daring mission to the no-man’s land, have an unexpected fantasy adventure in the ancient and mysterious continent.

Forum Thread: Dungeon Survivor II (by LT Games)


Evoland 2

iTunes Description

What were your childhood games like?

Onboard on an epic adventure of more than 20 hours through video games history filled with a ton of funny classical games references.

From 2D RPG, through 3D vs fight to a shooter, a trading card game and more you’ll get your fill of jumping from a game genre to another, never bored.

Forum Thread: Evoland 2 (by Playdigious)


Gem Blitz: Match 3 RPG Games

iTunes Description

Join Gem Blitz with exciting match-3 puzzle rpg adventure through the beautiful islands. Discover secret island create combinations of 3 candy and more in a row. Gem Blitz is a fun match-3 puzzle game taking place in the magic kingdom. Enjoy each and every stage with unique challenges and find the power heroes!

Forum Thread: GEM BLITZ: MATCH 3 RPG GAMES (By Unimob)


Grand Battle Royale: Pixel War

iTunes Description

Grand Battle Royale Season 2018! If you like military blocky pixel games and battle royale games then you will definitely like Grand Battle Royale!

BATTLE in online multiplayer games when you play the new massive open world game! Survive the battlegrounds, improve your shooting skills, and develop new PVP tactics for FREE!
Jump out of the survival plane on the dead island, find the best loot, kill the enemies. Players are spread around the island unarmed and must find and use various weapons and items to eliminate opponents. Find the best weapons you can: Assault Rifle, pixel gun, smg, shotguns and other weapons. Dominate the battlefield by taking on each opponent and become last survivor #1! Grab your pixel gun and get shooting!

Forum Thread: Grand Battle Royale: Pixel War (by GameSpire)


Head Boxing

iTunes Description

Spectacular comic boxing game with fighting elements!
A thrilling contest of characters with full of personality! Be careful since you may have your bones broken.
Realistic movements and actions owing to the motion capture technology!
Revolutionary mobile fighting game – Head Boxing!
Download it now!

Forum Thread: Head Boxing (by D&D Dream Corp.)


Holy Potatoes! We’re in Space?!

iTunes Description

Holy Potatoes! We’re in Space?! is a wacky space exploration game where you manage your very own spaceship, craft hundreds of weapons, and explore the vastness of a veggie-filled universe.

Play as sisters Cassie and Fay as they scour dozens of planets in a dynamic universe for their beloved grandfather, Jiji! Follow them on their quest and experience an engaging and ever-changing storyline with a diverse cast of lovable, anthropomorphic vegetables, which include some familiar faces!

Forum Thread: Holy Potatoes! We’re in Space? (by Daylight Studios Pte. Ltd.)


Jump Blitz

iTunes Description

Swipe your finger to guide the ball higher and higher up! Try to reach as high as possible by using different platforms and power-ups for various boosts! Very easy to play but very hard to reach high scores!

Game Features:
– Free to play
– Endless gameplay
– Simple swipe control
– Challenge your friends with the best highscore

Forum Thread: Jump Blitz (by KasSanity)


Kairo Land

iTunes Description

Let’s get this, if you’re fan of Kairo !
Trial and mini game are also included.

Kairo Land, the portal-like to Kairo’s applications has arrived !
Now you can play Kairo’s games whithin this app !

Gaming may be more interesting than usual when you get a Kairo account !?
Let’s challenge ranking and play the game with your friends !

Forum Thread: Kairo Land (by Kairosoft)


Kidarian Adventures

iTunes Description

Kidarian’s Adventures begin! Help the brave young Viking to save the wonderful world from dark magic. Slay ruthless monsters, overcome dangerous traps, reveal secrets and find the treasure of the Vikings.
Powerful weapons in kidarian’s hands will help overcome all obstacles. Use their strength and your skills and you will be able to win.

Forum Thread: Kidarian Adventures (by Hard Slime)


Lichtspeer

iTunes Description

LICHTSPEER is a fast-paced lightspear-throwing simulator set in an ancient germanic future. Get ready to feel that beloved 80’s arcade rush in this brutal, stylish and psychedelic adventure.

In a land filled with Penguin Vikings, Wurst Zombies, and Hipster Ice Giants, survival is an art. Fortunately, an ancient champion with an elegant weapon has been summoned to please the gods and restore balance to the universe.

Embrace the future, eat Strudel, play LICHTSPEER.

Forum Thread: Lichtspeer (by Noodlecake Studios Inc)


Majesty of Colors Remastered

iTunes Description

In “(I Fell In Love With) The Majesty of Colors,” you are an enormous creature from beneath the ocean who has never seen the surface. What will you do with this world of humans? Can you survive? Will they?

Forum Thread: Majesty of Colors Remastered (by Future Proof Games)


Ninja Issen

iTunes Description

When the screens make a horizontal line perfectly, slice enemy and get them all !

Get the Gold(coin) for unlocking various Ninjas!

Clear the whole story of Ninja for the last ending.

Test Yourself in Infinite mode.

This game is not an endless game. You can see the ending soon if you are enjoying this game.

Forum Thread: NINJA ISSEN (by Kimminjeong(36)Studio)


Paper Anne

iTunes Description

The Realm of Paper is in tatters. Amidst the chaos, Paper Anne is transported to a whole new world, where she embarks on a journey in search for her real self. On her way, she enters and rewrites several well-known fairy tales…

In each fairy tale world, we as players can freely reconstruct the lovingly-crafted paper environments to solve unpredictable, ever-changing puzzles. We guide Anne through magical size transformations and through trials given by the Cheshire Cat, who controls balls of yarn. We help her see through the lies of the shrewd Queen of Hearts, and take care of her sweet companion, the Ugly Duckling. We watch as she plays melodic songs with the ballerina, fights at the side of the Tin Soldier, and breaks the dark spell of the evil Mouse King…

Forum Thread: PAPER Anne (by UsFun Games)


Part Time UFO

iTunes Description

In Part Time UFO, fly a UFO around and complete odd jobs.
Help out at a farm, support cheerleaders, cook up the ultimate dessert at a restaurant, build castles, and much more!

Wherever the UFO goes, there are sure to be plenty of jobs waiting.
At the center of all this is the UFO’s super special awesome claw!
Use the claw crane to grab, move, and stack objects to complete jobs.

Forum Thread: Part Time UFO (by HAL Laboratory)


Peak Rider Snowboarding

iTunes Description

Welcome to one of the most remote mountains in the world, Peak Mountain, reserved only for elite riders! Grab your snowboard and show off your tricks on the slopes in sub-zero temperatures and whiteout conditions that aren’t for the faint of heart.

Ride down the slopes at high speeds to catch big air to attempt and land intense and wild tricks. Avoid hitting rocks and trees as you can carve your own path down the mountain. Get close but avoid crashing to score big points. Compete with other players around the world in online multiplayer, rack up points in arcade mode, and complete weekly competitions to build your status as a pro rider.

Forum Thread: Peak Rider Snowboarding (by Battery Acid Games, Inc.)


puzzlement

iTunes Description

Puzzlement is a minimal puzzle game based on walking/jumping between plane surfaces. The goal is simple; collect all red squares.

Key Features
* 50 beautifully crafted mind bending levels
* Relaxing music & sounds
* 100% indie – designed and developed by two people

Forum Thread: puzzlement (by gamebra.in)


Real Chess 3D

iTunes Description

The best 3D Chess game is here! Play Chess in immersive 3D graphics.
Challenge your friends to matches or play against the AI players in the best chess game.
Real Chess 3D is one of the most realistic and enjoyable chess games available on mobile.

Customize the look and feel of your game by choosing the chess board, checkers, piece type, table. It’s like you are actually playing chess in real because of the realistic 3d graphics.

Tap on a piece to choose it and then tap on the desired target position to make your move.

Forum Thread: Real Chess 3D (by EivaaGames)


Rocket Roll

iTunes Description

Not that easy is the life of an average rocket hobbyist. Try that yourself in a new addictive arcade game about the small rocket which has to make it’s way home from the Hobbyists’ Space Base in the Asteroid Belt.

Get yourself immersed in the cosmic atmosphere with the deep soundscape, make your way through the 33 levels of arcade gameplay mixed with the puzzle elements, and more to come soon!

Forum Thread: Rocket Roll (by Funway Interactive)


Slime

iTunes Description

WATCH OUT! Danger is lurking in every corner and no Slime is safe. Swipe to sling your blob away from sharp blades, missiles, lasers… you name it!

You have never played anything like this!

How long can you survive the dangerous box?

Forum Thread: Slime (by Umbrella Games)


Sunbirds

iTunes Description

In Sunbirds you smoothly glide through wind and clouds. On your way you collect fellow birds that you can launch forward to clear away the spheres blocking your way. Once you soaked up the calm feeling of a weightless flight you will soon realise that there is also a competitive side of the game that requires precise aiming and masterful coordination. Here is where the fun with your friends comes into play. Compete with them in dramatic fights where you steal each other’s place on the sky podium.

Forum Thread: Sunbirds (by Symphony Games)


Tapophone

iTunes Description

Tapophone is our take on minimal rhythmic games, with an emphasis on melodies and real feeling of playing the tunes.
Play more than 120 songs in different genres from Classical to Folk to Electronic, all in high quality shape.
Play a relaxing song before sleep, or entertain friends at a weekend party. It’s all up to you!

Forum Thread: Tapophone (by Bahareh Gholipour)


Tekken

iTunes Description

TEKKEN, the world’s most successful fighting game franchise has been brought to mobile! Join PAUL, KAZUYA, XIAOYU, LAW, PANDA, NINA & all other famous fighters to engage in an intuitive, deep combat system featuring fighting techniques from all around the world. Take on the role of the Dojo Master, collecting, upgrading and battling with your favourite fighters from the legendary TEKKEN franchise!

Forum Thread: TEKKEN™ (by BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe)


Temple of Spikes: The Legend

iTunes Description

A full-featured, story-based hardcore platformer with 50+ hours of gameplay and a speedrunner mode.

In January 1980, a young and ambitious treasure hunter finds an ancient sanctuary hidden in the depths of an impassable jungle.

While exploring the temple, he discovers untold riches and powerful ancient artifacts. However, getting out of the temple with the treasure turns out to be quite a challenge.

Forum Thread: Temple of Spikes: The Legend (by Tigrido)


Toon War

iTunes Description

Toon War is a twin stick shooter game with colorful and vivid graphics. Your mission is to liberate peaceful villages from evil forces, eliminate enemies and win over dangerous bosses

More you play powerful you get.
Enjoy the the game in single player mode or with your friend in 2 player co-op mode.

Forum Thread: Toon War (By Lemondo Entertainment)


Viking: Heroes War

iTunes Description

Vikings are back and ready to fight! Get ready for an exciting war and non-stop fun!

Live a fascinating viking adventure in this an idle-based strategy war game: Create the strongest army of soldiers with different types of warriors and fight against your enemies!

Enjoy playing with brave viking heroes, send them to the battle, kill all the enemies and come back home victorious: Fight for your honor and glory!

Forum Thread: Viking: Heroes War (by LAB CAVE GAMES)


Villagers & Heroes

iTunes Description

Welcome to the Best 3D MMORPG on iOS! Join hundreds of thousands of players worldwide in an epic MMO in a massive 3D world filled with swords, sorcery, dungeons, dragons, wizards, warriors, quests galore, countless beasties, and people from all over the globe.

Forum Thread: 3D MMO Villagers & Heroes (by Mad Otter Games Inc.)


3D Knife

iTunes Description

“3D Knife” is a 3D arcade to test your reflex and patience.
It is mini, beautiful and addictive.Lots of knives can be unlocked.

Easy to learn: shoot knife to the wood planet while don’t hit other knives .
Hard to master: you should take the right chance!

Can you challenge 100 levels?

Forum Thread: 3D Knife (by YINJIAN LI)


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‘Holy Potatoes! A Weapon Shop?!’ Getting “Spud Tales: Journey to Olympus” DLC on iOS and Android this Friday

Back in August of last year, Daylight Studios brought their quirky simulation game Holy Potatoes! A Weapon Shop?! [$ 4.99]from desktop to mobile, tasking players with creating a successful weapon shop from the ground up and expanding it across a wacky land of potato people while providing adventurers with the weaponry they need for their various quests. While the game had a dedicated fan base on desktop that loved having a version to play on the go, many wondered whether any of the additional content released for the desktop version would ever make its way to the mobile game. Well, today Daylight has announced that the DLC pack titled Spud Tales: Journey to Olympus will be arriving on both iOS and Android this Friday, January 19th at a price of $ 1.99.

What exactly are Spud Tales? As Daylight describes, “Spud Tales are missions that place you in various scenarios with different end goals, objectives, and difficulty levels. The aim of the game is to complete all the objectives of the specific scenario. Scenarios will be a lot more difficult to complete than an ordinary play-through, so be weary of your $ tarch and managerial decisions!” The Journey to Olympus tale in particular follows Herclueless, the hapless son of Zeus, as he attempts to forge a weapon “worthy of a God” and punch his ticket back into Olympus.

In addition to the DLC content, this update to Holy Potatoes! A Weapon Shop?! will also add full screen support for the iPhone X as well as iCloud integration so you can transfer your game progress between devices. You may remember that Holy Potatoes! A Weapon Shop?! had a bit of a rocky launch on iOS when it first arrived last year, as it was released in separate iPhone and iPad versions. The developers eventually did make the original iPhone-only version Universal so it could also play on the iPad, but only in a weird letterboxed way that didn’t match up to the true iPad version of the game.

They’ve since sorted that out and there’s now just one Universal version of the game that displays properly on both iPhone and iPad devices, and they’ve also squashed all the strange crashing and progress saving issues that plagued that initial release. It’s a really cool game and you can read a lot more impressions about it in our forums, and this Friday it’ll get even better with the new expansion content arriving as an update for both the iOS and Android versions of Holy Potatoes! A Weapon Shop?!

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ITER Nuclear Reactor May Be The “Holy Grail” of Limitless Renewable Energy

Not Just More Stable

Overcoming a series of setbacks, an international project to build what could be a revolutionary nuclear fusion reactor, which will produce renewable energy, has reached a major milestone. Half of the infrastructure required for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) project has now been completed — seven years after construction officially began in 2010.

More than just becoming a major achievement in modern engineering, the ITER project could be a source of clean nuclear fusion energy by 2025. And it all starts on the 180-hectare site in Saint Paul-lez-Durance in southern France.

“[This] fusion reactor work in France may take two to three years to complete, [and then] another three to four years to bring repeatable results,” Thomas Koshy, chair of the IEEE PES Nuclear Power Engineering Committee and former manager of the International Atomic Energy Agency, told Futurism.

Nuclear fusion works in a manner that’s essentially the opposite of its nuclear fission cousin. A fusion reaction occurs when two light nuclei (usually hydrogen isotopes) produce energy. To harness this energy, however, nuclear reactors have to control extreme pressure and temperatures from the super-hot plasma that sustains the fusion reaction.

Stabilizing this reaction for extended periods is what those working on nuclear fusion have been trying to achieve. To facilitate things, an international effort for joint fusion research was begun in 1985. The ITER project, which began in 2007, has 35 nations working in a 35-year long collaboration to build and operate the ITER experimental device.

“The ITER device will be a tokamak, which uses donut-shaped, strong magnetic fields to produce and contain an extremely hot plasma in which the fusion occurs,” Hitachi America Professor of Engineering Dennis Whyte, head of MIT’s Nuclear Science and Engineering (NSE) department and director of its Plasma Science and Fusion Center (PSFC), explained to Futurism. “Tokamaks have for decades demonstrated stable operation. The key difference with ITER is that it’s designed to produce more energy from fusion than the energy necessary to keep it hot.”

The amount of fusion energy a tokamak reactor produces depends on the number of fusion reactions occurring at its core. ITER’s tokamak would have 830 cubic meters of plasma volume, making it ten times larger than currently available fusion reactors. Best of all, the ITER tokamak has been designed to “produce 500 MW of fusion power (Q≥10) from 50 MW of heating input power.” More fusion energy with lesser energy for sustaining temperature, as Whyte said.

“From the scientific point of view, net energy is also an important threshold because the plasma primarily keeps itself hot via the energy released in the fusion reactions,” Whyte explained. “So it becomes self-heating, and therefore has a higher level of self-organization.”

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With more and more nations and even corporations moving towards renewable energy, it’s not surprising that scientists are keen on getting nuclear fusion closer to commercialization. That would take, according to Koshy, a couple of decades more. “Assuming all goes well, we could go commercial in another 20 years,” he told Futurism.

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Dubbed as the “holy grail” of clean and renewable energy, nuclear fusion could indeed disrupt an entire industry. Whyte said that this is, in fact, the reason why we pursue nuclear fusion. He added that:

Economically competitive fusion would play a disruptive role in energy, particularly as we strive to deeply decarbonize the industry. It has features which make it highly complimentary to renewables for electricity: on-demand power, load following, insensitive to local weather […], while at the same time it can scale to meet the entire demand for energy because it uses effectively limitless and widely available fuels.

Despite the apparent benefits nuclear fusion would bring, it’s not without critics. Some doubt the possibility of effectively harnessing nuclear energy and making it commercially viable. Others look at the word “nuclear” and immediately associate it with destructive use. Then there are also critics “who tell us we must have deep decarbonization of the energy sector by mid-century,” Whyte said.

“Right now, fission plays by far the dominant role in supplying carbon-free energy (I’m excluding hydro). Many energy experts get caught up in food-fights about the relative size of renewables versus hydro versus nuclear 20 years from now,” he explained.

“Doing the decarbonization in three decades means choosing only a single path; [that] is too risky. [W]e must have, in my opinion, as diverse a set of options as possible. Fission should be one of those. So should fusion — which is so different from fission in its deployment that it should be considered separately,” Whyte added. “We just need to get fusion soon!”

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[Holy Shit] The Pixel 2 in India starts at Rs 61,000 ($950 USD)

To our Indian readers interested in the new Pixels, I have some bad news for you. Seems that the powers that be have decided that all of you need to pay the same (roughly, thanks to currency exchange) for the 64GB Pixel 2 that we here in America have to pay for the 128GB Pixel 2 XL. What.

Flipkart will be the exclusive Pixel 2 retailer for India, meaning that you cannot purchase the phones through the Google Store.

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