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Teen builds nuclear fusion device

Postby Traisenau » Tue Mar 27, 2007 10:54 pm UTC

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Postby bbctol » Tue Mar 27, 2007 11:43 pm UTC

...and everyone at xkcd wishes they had done this first.

THAT IS COOL. I want one of those right now. May I add that that kid us a fucking genius?

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Postby fjafjan » Wed Mar 28, 2007 12:21 am UTC

I remember hearing about this a while back, I don't remember exactly how, but it was pretty much a "scam".
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Postby gmalivuk » Wed Mar 28, 2007 3:13 am UTC

I doubt it's a scam. It's just not "cold" fusion. Fusing hydrogen isn't that difficult, it just (at present) takes a whole lot more energy than anyone's getting out of it. As such, the guy isn't exactly correct to call it the "holy grail", especially since fusor.com already has several other people who've done it. Clearly something (i.e. the energy gain part) is still missing.

I read several years ago in Analog an article about how to make a tabletop fusion device with basically scrounged and secondhand parts. (As bbctol says, I'm among those who wishes I had done it first.)
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Postby hyperion » Wed Mar 28, 2007 9:00 am UTC



apparently, they aren't that impossible
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Postby stewpend0us » Thu Mar 29, 2007 2:42 am UTC

I built a turbojet engine with a friend back in highschool.....am I special?? what do you think?

pswired@pswired.com click the jet engine

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Postby Hawknc » Thu Mar 29, 2007 6:06 am UTC

You do realise that's an email address and not a website, right? Besides, a gas turbine is impressive and all (I don't have the workshopping facilities to make one of my own, sadly), but it ain't fusion. ;)

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Postby Toeofdoom » Thu Mar 29, 2007 10:49 am UTC

Nice stuff... now lets just point it towards say... that raptor infested forest to the east, k?
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Postby stewpend0us » Thu Mar 29, 2007 2:54 pm UTC

Ahh shit. it's suposed to be pswired.com

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Postby DrRasputin » Sun Apr 08, 2007 7:37 am UTC

im sure i head a few years back of a 14yr old american guy building some sort of fisson genator in his shed. i dont know weather it was true or not but i remember them saying he refused to tell were he had got the plutoium from(i think it was plutoium he used).

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Postby Yu-chan » Sun Apr 08, 2007 7:42 am UTC

I read that like a month or two ago in pop sci magazine. Pretty interesting stuff.
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