An Indian Civilizational Perspective

High School kid creates Nuclear Fusion in his Garage!

This is about as crazy as it can possibly get! Here is a High School kid who has created Nuclear Fusion in his basement! And all it took was TWO YEARS!! That is nothing compared to the time that many nations have taken in trying to go nuclear and still cannot manage it despite the best minds and resources of the world! Ask Ahmednijad and Osama… they’d rather be this kids neighbor and get the device shipped to Iran or whereever!

Thiago Olson, 17, stands near his nuclear fusion reactor, which he calls “the Fusor,” at home in Oakland Township on Friday. After more than two years and 1,000 hours of research, the Stoney Creek High School senior, with a little help from his dad, built the machine. (PATRICIA BECK/Detroit Free Press)

On the surface, Thiago Olson is like any typical teenager.

He’s on the cross country and track teams at Stoney Creek High School in Rochester Hills. He’s a good-looking, clean-cut 17-year-old with a 3.75 grade point average, and he has his eyes fixed on the next big step: college.

But to his friends, Thiago is known as “the mad scientist.”

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.

In fact, on www.fusor.net, the Stoney Creek senior is ranked as the 18th amateur in the world to create nuclear fusion. So, how does he do it?


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