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This is the interior of an invention that could change civilisation as we know it: A compact fusion reactor developed by Skunk Works, the stealthy experimental technology division of Lockheed Martin. It is the size of a jet engine, power aeroplanes, spaceships, and cities — and they say it will be operative in only 10 years.

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It's one of science's ultimate goals, and perhaps the only thing that could prevent humanity's ultimate depletion of the Earth's resources — the ability to create more energy than is used to make it. Now, a new nuclear breakthrough has brought that feat even closer to becoming a reality.

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AMD's "Fusion Accelerated Processing Units" (APUs) combine the CPU and discrete Radeon graphics on the same die. There's three tiers: C-Series (netbooks/tablets), E-Series (12.1- to 14-inchers), and the A-Series for bigger laptops and PCs. We've already seen AMD's C-50 and E-350 chips, and here come the big guns. The dual-core A4 and quad-core A6/A8 APUs roughly target Core i3, i5 and i7 laptops, respectively — so get ready for a Sandy Bridge stoush. In Australia: HP, Sony, Dell, Samsung, Acer, Toshiba and Asus have already signed on.

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With every thing Mark Suppes fixes, another thing breaks. We're in his workshop, and he's hunched over, tightening the bolts on a squat tubular machine. This is the fusion reactor Suppes built, and it's not working.