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All the best school science experiments carry at least a hint of danger. But when 13-year-old Jamie Edwards informed his stunned headmaster of his plan to build a nuclear reactor in a classroom, the obvious question was: ‘Will it blow the school up?’
And yesterday he became the youngest person in the world to achieve nuclear fusion from scratch at his Lancashire secondary school, using high energy to smash two hydrogen atoms together to make helium.
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Yeah sorry about that, I hit enter and for some reason it posted. I guess I should be the last person to be let near a nuclear reactor.
Taylor Wilson (born May 7, 1994) is an American nuclear scientist and science advocate. In 2008, at age 14, he became the youngest person to produce nuclear fusion, using a fusor.
Checking his computer, Wilson was delighted to see that his detector had picked up brief emissions of light. The detector worked—and unlike helium-3 testers, which cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, Wilson’s cost a few hundred bucks.
He filed for a patent. In May 2011, Wilson entered his radiation detector in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair against 1,500 competitors and won the $50,000 Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award.
He’s a phenomenon, probably the most brilliant person I’ve met in my life, and I’ve met Nobel laureates.”
My only concern is how young budding scientists like Jamie and Taylor could be poached by companies with less than honorable intentions. Kids are the future as they say and IMO should be encouraged to change the future for the better, and not to be lured in by less than reputable agencies who can exploit their knowledge for their own gain.