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LA CROSSE TALK PM: Talking science — fusion, Wisconsin snow — with Mrs. Photon, UW-L’s Spencer Wilken



In this June 14, 2018, image provided by and taken at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, Calif., National Ignition Facility Target Area operators inspect a final optics assembly (FOA) during a routine maintenance period. The major advance in fusion research announced in Washington on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2022, was decades in coming, with scientists for the first time able to engineer a reaction that produced more power than was used to ignite it. (Jason Laurea/LLNL via AP)

UW-La Crosse outreach coordinator, Spencer Wilken, nicknamed Mrs. Photon, in the studio WIZM studio Wednesday to talk science on La Crosse Talk PM.

The big news for, not just the week, but the century, maybe ever, is scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, have fused the atom — they did a fusion.

We try to dissect what is a very complicated topic.

La Crosse Talk PM airs weekdays at 5:06 p.m. Listen on the WIZM app, online here, or on 92.3 FM / 1410 AM / 106.7 FM (north of Onalaska). Find all the podcasts here or subscribe to La Crosse Talk PM wherever you get your podcasts.

Before that, we got some space updates, but then discussed the diminishing snowfall in Wisconsin over the past decades, as well as some snow facts from the state.

Ended the show, quick, talking about real Christmas tree vs. fake tree.

Host of WIZM's La Crosse Talk PM | University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point graduate | Hometown: Greenville, Wis | Avid noonball basketball player and sand volleyballer in La Crosse

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