February 16, 2012

Cool

Youngest kid to achieve nuclear fusion.

As the guide runs off to fetch the center's director--You gotta see this kid!--Kenneth feels the weight coming down on him again. What he doesn't understand just yet is that he will come to look back on these days as the uncomplicated ones, when his scary-smart son was into simple things, like rocket science.

This is before 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.

Hat-tip: @ariarmstrong

David Deutsch, call your office!

Technology Posted by John Kranz at February 16, 2012 2:10 PM

One can only hope to live long enough to see what this kid creates.

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at February 17, 2012 12:09 AM

Hope he meets up with a good future lobbyist in Junior High who can get him funding and protection from regulators.

Posted by: jk at February 17, 2012 11:06 AM

Yeah... about those regulators...

Anyone else watch Gold Rush on Discovery? The Refugee is addicted to it like JK is to Buffy. Anyhow, during Season One no gub'mint inspectors, er, "helpers", showed up at all. In Season Two, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (M-shaw)"coincidentally" showed up at each of the mines on the show to do a safety audit (and of course shut 'em down for egregious violations.)

After this article, young Taylor can expect the NRC and about 50 other government agencies on his doorstep within two weeks. Once he gets to meet those guys, he will fully learn the meaning of "can't." (If you read the article, you'll get the reference.)

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at February 17, 2012 5:18 PM

I am NOT addicted to Buffy. I could quit anytime...

Posted by: jk at February 17, 2012 5:36 PM

"1. We admitted we were powerless over Buffy -- that our lives had become unmanageable."

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