Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Desktop fusion -- almost routine

Over at Science News, there is a story about a 17-year-old who has achieved nuclear fusion on a desktop and -- maybe -- used it to create a beam of neutrons. Astonishing? Get this:
[Ben] Bartlett is not the first person to achieve fusion. He’s the 34th outside government and industry, he says. Neither is he the youngest. That record belongs to [Taylor] Wilson, who built his reactor at age 14. Would-be “fusioneers” — such as Mike Kovalchick of York, Pa., another competitor at the science fair — often start with plans posted online by the Open Source Fusor Research Consortium.

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