ISABELLE is a lesson on how the grand scale of these projects can work against them. Construction began on ISABELLE in 1978, but by 1983 the Department of Energy decided the project cost too much and provided too little. They canceled the project, even though they had already dug the tunnel in the picture, made some of the magnets, and spent $200 million.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.