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Michigan Teen Creates Nuclear Fusion
United Press International ^ | November 19, 2006 | UPI

Posted on 11/19/2006 8:43:02 PM PST by Lancey Howard

ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich., Nov. 19 (UPI) -- An ambitious teenager in Rochester Hills, Mich., is ranked as the 18th amateur in the world to create nuclear fusion -- combining atoms to create energy.

The Detroit Free Press reported that 17-year-old Thiago Olson set up a machine in his parents' garage and has been working exhaustively for more than two years. His machine creates nuclear fusion on a small scale.

(Excerpt) Read more at upi.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: coldfusion; fusion; fusor; michigan; nuclearfusion; philotfarnsworth
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To: HiTech RedNeck
"One of these days we're gonna run out of oil."

LMAO!

51 posted on 11/19/2006 11:31:23 PM PST by Left2Right ("Democracy isn't perfect, but other governments are so much worse")
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To: Lancey Howard

Maybe I'm missing something, but I don't think "charging with electricity" causes fusion. *rolls eyes*


52 posted on 11/19/2006 11:52:17 PM PST by Constantine XIII
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To: All

You know, we can laugh it up about this, but in most of our lifetimes, it is fully reasonable to expect that some dumb teenager will be able to harness the power of the atom or nanotechnology all by his lonesome.

I'm no luddite—far from it—but there are certain things about the near future that scare the britches off of me. Powerful technologies are becoming cheaper and easier to access; some dumbass dicking around in his garage could very well kill us all at some point down the road.


53 posted on 11/20/2006 1:35:01 AM PST by Mark-in-Kentucky (Check out my site, www.spacebuffs.com/discussion/ if you're into astronomy and spaceflight.)
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To: Lancey Howard

For those of you with the time, Robert Bussard recently had a lecture at Google where he explained his progress in his past twelve years of research on electrostatic confinement fusion:

http://hardware.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/11/18/0616205

The video is 92 minutes long, and it expands on some reports that have leaked out.

Essentially, he is asking for about $200M in new funding to produce a practical power-generating fusion reactor in less than five years.


54 posted on 11/20/2006 3:07:42 AM PST by Mr170IQ
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To: Lancey Howard

Show me Helium3 and a neutron from the thing.


55 posted on 11/20/2006 3:31:02 AM PST by Gorzaloon ("Illegal Immigrant": The Larval form of A Democrat.)
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To: Lancey Howard

As I teen I was intent on creating fusion also.


56 posted on 11/20/2006 3:36:17 AM PST by The_Media_never_lie
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To: Lancey Howard

Any physicists here? Doesn't seem like that would work.


57 posted on 11/20/2006 3:41:14 AM PST by Brilliant
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To: Brilliant

As someone who knows quite a bit about physics, this isn't very revolutionary:

The Farnsworth–Hirsch Fusor - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fusor

This type of fusion reactor has been in labs for over 40 years.

Dr. Robert Bussard gave a lecture a few days ago claiming to have designed a practical reactor which is a refinement on this design, which could be build in a few years - http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1996321846673788606 ( 92 minute video )


58 posted on 11/20/2006 5:40:51 AM PST by Mr170IQ
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To: Mr170IQ

Is this the same gentleman of Bussard Ramscoop fame?


59 posted on 11/20/2006 11:36:34 AM PST by ASOC (The phrase "What if" or "If only" are for children.)
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To: dc-zoo
Reminds me of the dream sequence in Dumb & Dumber ( you know, ... with the lighter)
60 posted on 11/20/2006 11:57:13 AM PST by DUH (Just roll your eyes in the face of liberalism (they hate it worse than an argument))
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To: Lancey Howard

Bump to read in my next halflife...


61 posted on 11/20/2006 12:13:59 PM PST by Bender2 (I am off politics until Nancy moves to Tehran... There to be taken straight to the ever after!)
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To: Mark-in-Kentucky
I'm no luddite—far from it—but there are certain things about the near future that scare the britches off of me. Powerful technologies are becoming cheaper and easier to access; some dumbass dicking around in his garage could very well kill us all at some point down the road.

A drunk driver or cancer will get you long before something like this happens - hell, you could probably deal with more energy if you played around with old TVs.
62 posted on 11/21/2006 8:06:43 AM PST by af_vet_rr
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To: El Gato

The real promise of fusion is more energy out, than what is put in. When this kid (or anyone else) does this, then this thread will become of great interest.


63 posted on 11/21/2006 2:14:02 PM PST by John Frum
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To: sageb1
Does he have a website? ;)

He also has a MySpace&Time page. :)

64 posted on 11/21/2006 2:15:50 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Berosus; Ernest_at_the_Beach; FairOpinion; Fred Nerks; ValerieUSA

ah, here it is, from 2003...

Freshman's nuclear fusion reactor has USU physics faculty in awe
deseretnews.com | 9-16-03 | Alan Edwards
Posted on 09/17/2003 11:18:21 PM EDT by wafflehouse
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/984600/posts


65 posted on 11/24/2006 4:36:24 PM PST by SunkenCiv (I last updated my profile on Thursday, November 16, 2006 https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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