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while building an experimental fusion device, German scientists discovered the value of project management

Science was the easy part for the physicists and engineers who built the world's largest experimental nuclear fusion reactor. The é1 billion program spanning 20 years at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics in Greifswald, Germany achieved its ultimate goal in February. That's when the massive doughnut-shaped Wendelstein 7-X (W7-X) experimental reactor generated a brief but scorching ribbon of hydrogen plasma --the same energy produced by the sun and stars. The reactor reached 80 million degrees Celsius (144 million degrees Fahrenheit) during the quarter-second discharge, giving researchers justification to continue tests in the years ahead until W7-X discharges last 30 minutes. Project coordinators kept the megaproject on schedule and within budget as they took the first step in a global race to develop nuclear fusion power plants that -- unlike conventional nuclear plants -- produce little radioactive waste. With more than 200 projects necessary to plan and assemble the W7-X, the involved scientists
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