Thursday, March 07, 2013

14-year-old kid safely and legally plays with nuclear material

This narrative, told by Popular Science, is awe-inspiring and fills me with no small amount of envy.
Taylor would transform the family’s garage into a mysterious, glow-in-the-dark cache of rocks and metals and liquids with unimaginable powers. Before he would conceive, in a series of unlikely epiphanies, new ways to use neutrons to confront some of the biggest challenges of our time: cancer and nuclear terrorism. Before he would build a reactor that could hurl atoms together in a 500-million-degree plasma core—becoming, at 14, the youngest individual on Earth to achieve nuclear fusion.
This kid's mind not only allows him to develop new ideas in a rapid and ordered manner but he is capable of applying of these concepts towards an executable reality.

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