Skip to comments.Michigan Teen Creates Nuclear Fusion
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.
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Maybe I'm missing something, but I don't think "charging with electricity" causes fusion. *rolls eyes*
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 ludditefar from itbut 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.
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:
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.
Show me Helium3 and a neutron from the thing.
As I teen I was intent on creating fusion also.
Any physicists here? Doesn't seem like that would work.
As someone who knows quite a bit about physics, this isn't very revolutionary:
The FarnsworthHirsch 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 )
Is this the same gentleman of Bussard Ramscoop fame?
Bump to read in my next halflife...
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.
He also has a MySpace&Time page. :)
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