December 23rd, 2014
06:12 PM ET

Can man create a sun?

Tune into the latest GPS special, ‘Moonshots,’ on CNN this Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET.

The sun is 27 million degrees Fahrenheit and4.6 billion years old. So what if we could somehow bring this blazing ball of energy down to Earth to power our world?

Fareed hears from Ned Sauthoff, who is leading the U.S. contribution to the 35-nation ITER project that is hoping to pull off one of the most audacious feats of physics ever witnessed: creating a star.

Watch the video for more.

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  1. bobcat2u

    Can man create a sun ?

    Possibly in the short term. But most people can show you a full moon at any time.

    December 23, 2014 at 6:33 pm |
  2. bobcat2u

    Did you hear about the blonde that stayed up all night to see where the sun went?
    It finally dawned on her.

    December 23, 2014 at 6:45 pm |
  3. bobcat2u

    A very drunk man comes out of the bar and sees another very drunk man.

    He looks up in the sky and says, "Is that the sun or the moon?"

    The other drunk man answers, "I don't know. I'm a stranger here myself."

    December 23, 2014 at 6:52 pm |
  4. chri§§y

    Lmao awesome @ bobcat!

    December 23, 2014 at 8:19 pm |
  5. chri§§y

    Aww @ bobcat, it took me a second to figure out what you meant lol. Dazzle will be happy!

    December 23, 2014 at 10:42 pm |
    • bobcat2u

      Just being my sly bobcat self. lol

      December 23, 2014 at 10:52 pm |
  6. chri§§y

    Well of course lol. I taught you everything i know about being sly lmao!

    December 23, 2014 at 11:09 pm |
  7. dazzle

    Well you two, I am happy.

    December 24, 2014 at 10:41 am |
  8. Philip

    Man cannot create anything. Man can be creative. But as far as actually creating something not already found in is beyond the capability of a man to actually create anything. Men are basically stupid creatures and so depend on animals and such for inspiration. (like seeing a bird fly and then "creating" an airplane)

    December 24, 2014 at 10:46 am |
  9. chri§§y

    Lol @ dazzle...sometimes its the little things in life that count the most isnt it? And im glad i made your day!

    December 24, 2014 at 11:18 am |
  10. dazzle

    You sure did Chrissy.

    December 24, 2014 at 11:25 am |
  11. bobscat

    Did you hear the one about the tall blonde lady walking on her hands? Yup. Turns out she was just a brunette with very bad breath.

    December 24, 2014 at 11:54 am |
  12. bobcat2u

    My True Love Gave to Me...
    Dearest Dave,

    I went to the door today, and the postman delivered a partridge in a pear tree. This was a delightful gift! I couldn't have been more surprised or pleased darling!

    With truly the deepest love,

    December 15, 2003

    December 24, 2014 at 12:02 pm |
    • bobcat2u

      Dearest Dave,

      Today the postman brought me yet another of your sweet gifts. The two turtle doves that arrived today are adorable, and I'm delighted by your thoughtful and generous ways.

      With all of my love,
      Your Agnes

      December 16, 2003

      December 24, 2014 at 12:04 pm |
    • bobcat2u

      Dearest Dave,

      You've truly been too kind! I must protest; I don't deserve such generosity. The thought of getting three French hens amazes me. Yet, I am not surprised–what more should I expect from such a nice person.


      December 17, 2003

      December 24, 2014 at 12:06 pm |
    • bobcat2u

      Dear Dave,

      Four calling birds arrived in the mail today. They are truly nice but don't you think that enough is enough? You are being too romantic.


      December 18, 2003

      December 24, 2014 at 12:07 pm |
    • bobcat2u

      Dearest darling Dave,

      It was a surprise to get five golden rings! I now have one for every finger. You truly are impossible darling, yet oh how I love it! Quite frankly, all of those squawking birds from the previous days were starting to get on my nerves. Yet, you managed to come through with a beautiful valuable gift!

      All my love,

      December 19, 2003

      December 24, 2014 at 12:09 pm |
    • bobcat2u

      Dear Dave,

      When I opened my door, there were actually six geese a-laying on my front steps. So you're back to the birds again, huh? Those geese are dear, but where will I keep them? The neighbors are complaining, and I am unable to sleep with all the racket. Please stop dear.


      December 20, 2003

      December 24, 2014 at 12:11 pm |
    • bobcat2u


      What is with you and those stupid birds!? Seven swans a-swimming!! What kind of sick joke is this!!?? There are bird droppings everywhere! They never shut up, and I don't get any sleep!!! I'm a nervous wreck! It's not funny you weirdo, so stop with the birds.


      December 21, 2003

      December 24, 2014 at 12:12 pm |
    • bobcat2u

      O.K. wise guy,

      The birds were bad enough. Now what do you expect me to do with eight maids a-milking? If that's not bad enough, they had to bring their cows!! The front lawn was completely ruined by them, and I can't move in my own house! Just lay off me or you'll be sorry!


      December 22, 2003

      December 24, 2014 at 12:14 pm |
    • bobcat2u

      Hey loser,

      What are you? You must be some kind of sadist!! Now there are nine pipers playing, and they certainly do play! They haven't stopped chasing those maids since they got here! The cows are getting upset, and they're stepping all over those screeching birds. The neighbors are getting up a pet ition to evict me, and I'm going out of my mind!

      You'll get yours!

      December 23, 2003

      December 24, 2014 at 12:16 pm |
    • bobcat2u

      You rotten sc um!!!

      There are now ten ladies dancing! There is only one problem with that! They're dancing twenty-four hours a day all around me with the pipers upsetting the cows and the maids. The cows can't sleep, and they are going to the bathroom everywhere! The building com mission er has subpoenaed me to give cause as to why the house shouldn't be condemned! I can't even think of a reason! You creep! I'm sicking the police on you!

      One who means it!

      December 24, 2014 at 12:19 pm |
    • bobcat2u

      Listen you evil, sadistic, maniac!

      What's with the eleven lords-a-leaping?!? They are leaping across the rooms breaking everything and even injuring some of the maids! The place smells, is an absolute mad house, and is about to be condemned! At least the birds are quiet; they were trampled to death by the cows. I hope you are satisfied–you rotten vicious worthless piece of garbage!

      Your sworn enemy,

      December 25, 2003

      December 24, 2014 at 12:21 pm |
    • bobcat2u

      The Law Offices of
      Badger, Rees, and Yorker
      20 Knave Street
      Chicago, Illinois

      Dear sir,

      This is to acknowledge your latest gift of twelve fiddlers-fiddling which you have seen fit to inflict on our client, one Agnes Mcholstein. The destruction of course was total. If you attempt to reach Ms. Mcholstein at Happy Daze Sanatarium, the attendants have instructions to shoot you on site.

      Please direct all correspondence to this office in the future. With this letter, please find attached a warrant for your arrest.

      Badger, Rees, and Yorker

      December 24, 2014 at 12:23 pm |
    • rfl eshop

      Loved it

      December 5, 2022 at 5:34 am |
  13. chri§§y

    Lolololol @ bobcat! Awesome sauce!

    December 24, 2014 at 12:24 pm |
  14. Phelp McDougal, esq.

    This is to inform you that you are trespassing and have gained unlawful entry into my client's homes; class action boys and girls not believing in your fat ass, and shame on you for spying on children knowing naughty from nice.

    December 24, 2014 at 12:31 pm |
  15. bobcat2u

    The politically correct Christmas

    On the 12th day of the Eurocentrically imposed midwinter festival, my Significant Other in a consenting adult, monogamous relationship gave to me:

    TWELVE males reclaiming their inner warrior through ritual drumming,

    ELEVEN pipers piping (plus the 18-member pit orchestra made up of members in good standing of the Musicians Equity Union as called for in their union contract even though they will not be asked to play a note),

    TEN melanin deprived testosterone-poisoned scions of the patriarchal ruling class system leaping,

    NINE persons engaged in rhythmic self-expression,

    EIGHT economically disadvantaged female persons stealing milk-products from enslaved Bovine-Americans,

    SEVEN endangered swans swimming on federally protected wetlands,

    SIX enslaved Fowl-Americans producing stolen non-human animal products,

    FIVE golden symbols of culturally sanctioned enforced domestic incarceration,

    (NOTE: after members of the Animal Liberation Front threatened to throw red paint at my computer, the calling birds, French hens and partridge have been reintroduced to their native habitat. To avoid further Animal-American enslavement, the remaining gift package has been revised.)

    FOUR hours of recorded whale songs

    THREE deconstructionist poets

    TWO Sierra Club calendars printed on recycled processed tree carcas ses and...

    ONE Spotted Owl activist chained to an old-growth pear tree.

    Merry Christmas Happy Chanukah. Good Kwanzaa. Blessed Yule. Happy Holidays! (unless otherwise prohibited by law)*

    *Unless, of course, you are suffering from Seasonally Affected Disorder (SAD). If this be the case, please substi tute this gratuitous call for celebration with suggestion that you have a thoroughly adequate day.

    December 24, 2014 at 12:58 pm |
  16. Philip

    Can American man feed one in five US children going hungry each day, rather. Or will the fat men play with suns instead.

    December 24, 2014 at 1:16 pm |
    • banathy®

      Give uth a thitation, Philthup. Proving one in fiveth thchildren go hungrieth.

      December 24, 2014 at 1:20 pm |
      • banasy©

        "Thirty years of research, and because I said so."

        December 24, 2014 at 3:31 pm |
    • banasy©

      Are you seriously making fun of people with speech impediments?

      December 24, 2014 at 3:14 pm |
      • rupert


        Rats. BTW, I drew Philip's name in the bloggers'pool. Got him a hanky.

        December 24, 2014 at 6:30 pm |
  17. bobcat2u

    Differences Between Christmas and Chanukah

    Christmas is one day, same day every year. December 25. Jews love Dec. 25th. It's another paid day off work. We go to movies and out for Chinese food, and Israeli dancing. Chanukah is 8 days. It starts the evening of the 24th of Kislev, whenever that falls. No one is ever sure. Jews never know until a non Jewish friend asks when Chanukah starts, forcing us to consult a calendar so we don't look like idiots. We all have the same calendar, provided free with a donation from either the World Jewish Congress, the kosher butcher, or the local Sinai Memorial Chapel (especially in Florida).

    Christmas is a major holiday. Chanukah is a minor holiday with the same theme as most Jewish holidays. They tried to kill us, we survived, let's eat.

    Christians get wonderful presents such as jewelry, perfume, stereos.... Jews get practical presents such as underwear, socks, or the collected works of the Rambam which looks impressive on the bookshelf.

    There is only one way to spell Christmas. No one can decide how to spell Chanukah, Chanuka, Chanukkah, Channukah, Hanukah, Hannuka, Hannukah.

    Christmas is a time of great pressure for husbands and boyfriends. Their partners expect special gifts. Jewish men are relieved of that burden. No one expects a diamond ring on Chanukah.

    Christmas brings enormous electric bills. Candles are used for Chanukah. Not only are we spared enormous electric bills, but we get to feel good about not contributing to the energy crisis.

    Christmas carols are beautiful. Silent Night, O Come O Ye Faithful.....Chanukah songs are about dreidels made from clay or having a party and dancing the horah. Of course, we are secretly pleased that many of the beautiful carols were composed and written by our tribal brethren. And don't Barbara Streisand and Neil Diamond sing them beautifully?

    A home preparing for Christmas smells wonderful. The sweet smell of cookies and cakes baking. Happy people are gathered around in festive moods. A home preparing for Chanukah smells of oil, potatoes and onions. The home, as always, is full of loud people all talking at once.

    Women have fun baking Christmas cookies. Women burn their eyes and cut their hands grating potatoes and onions for latkes on Chanukah. Another reminder of our suffering through the ages.

    Parents deliver to their children during Christmas. Jewish parents have no qualms about withholding a gift any of the eight nights.

    The players in the Christmas story have easy to pronounce names such as Mary, Joseph and Jesus. The players in the Chanukah story are Antiochus, Judah Maccabee, and Matta whatever. No one can spell it or pronounce it. On the plus side, we can tell our friends anything, and they believe we are wonderfully versed in our history.

    Many Christians believe in the virgin birth. Jews think, Joseph, bubela... snap out of it. Your woman is pregnant, you didn't sleep with her, and now she wants to blame God!? Here's the number of my shrink.

    In recent years, Christmas has become more and more commercialized. The same holds true for Chanukah, even though it is a minor holiday. It makes sense. How could we market a major holiday such as Yom Kipppur? Forget about celebrating. Think observing. Come to synagogue, starve yourself for 27 hours, become one with your dehydrated soul, beat your chest, confess your sins, a guaranteed good time for you and your family. Tickets a mere $200. per person.

    Better stick with Chanukah.

    December 24, 2014 at 1:37 pm |
  18. dazzle

    @bobcat,you are in rare form. Love them all. It's nice not to see trolls on this blog,

    December 24, 2014 at 1:45 pm |
    • bobcat2u

      Thank you dazzle. It seems we've gotten in ahead of the "normal ?" crowd for a change. We know it's not going to last, so enjoy it while we can. Maybe we can keep things in their proper "text" for a while.

      December 24, 2014 at 1:53 pm |
  19. banathy®

    Jesus was not born on December 25. According to your bible, he wasn't even born in the winter.
    Care to debate, @bobsnot?

    December 24, 2014 at 1:53 pm |
  20. banathy®

    "Text". Lmao. What a goon.

    December 24, 2014 at 1:55 pm |
  21. banathy®

    Tho. Chrithmas isth all.BS and trappingths, we all agree. So u thelabrate for thethe thake of...not Jesuth, but for funthies. Got it.

    December 24, 2014 at 3:18 pm |
    • banasy©

      Because of course you are so much better than everyone, and will be busily squeegeeing windows just like you do every other day, right?

      December 24, 2014 at 3:25 pm |
      • banathy®

        It's about Xass not about me. Get a clue.

        December 24, 2014 at 3:30 pm |
      • banasy©

        Well, what are your plans? Because you doing anything less than soapily squeegeeing some windows would be the height of hypocrisy, since Christmas in December holds no meaning for you.

        And yep, I'll keep commenting as long as you keep bastardizing my name, Philip. Because when you do that, you're making it about you.

        December 24, 2014 at 3:36 pm |
      • Philip

        Bobscat already admitted Xass holds no real meaning. So take it up with him why donthcha.

        December 24, 2014 at 5:59 pm |
      • banasy©

        He said nothing of the sort; bearing false witness again?

        Other people don't have your problem comprehending the written word.

        December 24, 2014 at 7:21 pm |
  22. banathy®

    Bathertardation is a masculine word. So you forgot about your own labia. Common among hag folk.

    December 24, 2014 at 3:33 pm |
    • banasy©

      I suppose you thought that made sense when you typed it out, Philip.

      Stop listening to the voices in your head.

      December 24, 2014 at 3:39 pm |
      • Philip

        Is so easy to string banazi along. Describe just about any old worn out shoe, and she claims to be wearing it.

        December 24, 2014 at 7:15 pm |
      • banasy©

        It's quite easy to see that Philip has hit the eggnog before breakfast today.

        Merry Christmas! Walk home safely!

        December 24, 2014 at 7:18 pm |
  23. Philip

    Can man make a safe environment for children? Sure! Downstairs at the church. No...under gay Boy Scout Troop leaders?

    December 24, 2014 at 5:57 pm |
  24. Philip

    None of Banassy's business what I do on Thursday.

    December 24, 2014 at 6:00 pm |
    • banasy©

      None of your business what billions of other people do, either; but that's never stopped you from opining about it, has it?

      December 24, 2014 at 7:24 pm |
    • Robbing Williams

      You are not millions of people, bunutzi. You are only one single bored housewife out of millions. Get a clue.

      December 24, 2014 at 8:12 pm |
  25. bobsnot2u

    Can'd mans make a sun it took God to makes? Possabry. And moon u. Hardy har har. High five, banaay.

    December 24, 2014 at 6:51 pm |
  26. Philip

    Happy f'ing pretending like all is well. Happy New Year.

    December 24, 2014 at 6:54 pm |
  27. Philip

    I'm at the Laundromat waiting on shop towels to dry, if you must know.

    December 24, 2014 at 7:17 pm |
  28. Thomas

    Cosby not finding support in black community ?

    December 24, 2014 at 7:49 pm |
  29. Robbing Williams

    Hey, boys and girls. Let's pretend everything is OK and fock off one night. Ok? Can you say Ignorance is an Excuse to celebrate?

    December 24, 2014 at 8:10 pm |
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