Nuclear BombWhat were you doing between the ages of 15 and 17? Well, a kid in Rochester Hills, MI named Thiago Olson spent those years creating a Nuclear Fusion Reactor.

The Detroit Free Press reports;

In the basement of his parents’ Oakland Township home, tucked away in an area most aren’t privy to see, Thiago is exhausting his love of physics on a project that has taken him more than two years and 1,000 hours to research and build — a large, intricate machine that , on a small scale, creates nuclear fusion.

Nuclear fusion — when atoms are combined to create energy — is “kind of like the holy grail of physics,” he said.

Wikipedia has a ton of details on Nuclear Fusion and explains;

The only fusion reactions thus far produced by humans to achieve ignition are those which have been created in hydrogen bombs.

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  1. Caydel
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    Hmmm… when I was 17, although I had an interest in physics, I never felt the urge to build osmething that if it broke could liquidate me, my family, my house, my neighbourhood, my dog, my car….

  2. Hamish
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    First, it was a FISSION reactor. No-one has made a fusion reactor yet, they are far too difficult (with the exception of bombs.) He apparently used radium he extracted from paint to provide the neutrons…

    And when a reactor explodes, it is NOT a nuclear explosion, Chernobyl was a mechanical explosion, i.e. the steam presure exploding.

    And I thought he did it in his shed.

  3. someone
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    @ hamish
    it was a fusion reactor. you are thinking of another guy who did build a fission reactor in his shed.

  4. Bob
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    What Hamish says is both wrong and right, no one has build a fusion reactor yet. Iter is trying to build the first one, if it was this easy, there would have been many of these reacors. But it wasn’t a fission reactor either, they are far too dangerous and complicated also. I don’t know what is was or what all these ”fusion” reactors people are build are, but it’s not what it claimes to be!

  5. Bob
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    What Hamish says is both wrong and right, no one has build a fusion reactor yet. Iter is trying to build the first one, if it was this easy, there would have been many of these reacors. But it wasn’t a fission reactor either, they are far too dangerous and complicated also. I don’t know what is was or what all these ”fusion” reactors people are build are, but it’s not what it claimes to be!

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