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Cover: The Tokamak Test Fusion Reactor (TFTR) was a fusion experiment at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory that achieved one of the world’s first partially burning plasmas in the 1990s. Image courtesy of Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory.

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