The scientists will report their findings in the Thursday issue of Nature. Tabletop fusion has been claimed before but has been met with skepticism and even derision by physicists.
"This doesn't have any controversy in it because they're using a tried and true method," David Ruzic, professor of nuclear and plasma engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, told The Associated Press. "There's no mystery in terms of the physics."Read more about the fusion experiment at MSNBC