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    Fourteen year old Talyor Wilson builds working nuclear fusion reactor

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    Shortly after his 14th birthday, Taylor and Brinsmead loaded deuterium fuel into the machine, brought up the power, and confirmed the presence of neutrons. With that, Taylor became the 32nd individual on the planet to achieve a nuclear-fusion reaction. Yet what would set Taylor apart from the others was not the machine itself but what he decided to do with it.

    While still developing his medical isotope application, Taylor came across a report about how the thousands of shipping containers entering the country daily had become the nation’s most vulnerable 'soft belly,' the easiest entry point for weapons of mass destruction. Lying in bed one night, he hit on an idea: Why not use a fusion reactor to produce weapons-sniffing neutrons that could scan the contents of containers as they passed through ports? Over the next few weeks, he devised a concept for a drive-through device that would use a small reactor to bombard passing containers with neutrons. If weapons were inside, the neutrons would force the atoms into fission, emitting gamma radiation (in the case of nuclear material) or nitrogen (in the case of conventional explosives). A detector, mounted opposite, would pick up the signature and alert the operator.

    He entered the reactor, and the design for his bomb-sniffing application, into the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. The Super Bowl of pre-college science events, the fair attracts 1,500 of the world’s most switched-on kids from some 50 countries. When Intel CEO Paul Otellini heard the buzz that a 14-year-old had built a working nuclear-fusion reactor, he went straight for Taylor’s exhibit. After a 20-minute conversation, Otellini was seen walking away, smiling and shaking his head in what looked like disbelief. Later, I would ask him what he was thinking. 'All I could think was, ‘I am so glad that kid is on our side.’ '
    For the past three years, Taylor has dominated the international science fair, walking away with nine awards (including first place overall), overseas trips and more than $100,000 in prizes. After the Department of Homeland Security learned of Taylor’s design, he traveled to Washington for a meeting with the DHS’s Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, which invited Taylor to submit a grant proposal to develop the detector. Taylor also met with then–Under Secretary of Energy Kristina Johnson, who says the encounter left her 'stunned.'

    'I would say someone like him comes along maybe once in a generation,' Johnson says. 'He’s not just smart; he’s cool and articulate. I think he may be the most amazing kid I’ve ever met.'

    It's no surprise to read of his parent's parenting style:

    'We want to help our children figure out who they are,' Kenneth says, 'and then do everything we can to help them nurture that.'
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    I agree with your comment about nurturing and building up.

    One problem with nuclear is the storage of the spent fuel. [at least with fision, not sure about fusion].

    Perhaps this prodigy will be the one to help solve that problem and find a way to de-radiate the spent fuel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EndtimesDeut32/70AD View Post
    I agree with your comment about nurturing and building up.

    One problem with nuclear is the storage of the spent fuel. [at least with fision, not sure about fusion].

    Perhaps this prodigy will be the one to help solve that problem and find a way to de-radiate the spent fuel.
    Yeah, I agree that there is a big problem with the waste from fission. I don't know if that is going to be a good long term solution to the energy problem. But I think we have excellent reasons to be hopeful for the future given the history of human progress. The internet has made all the knowledge in the world available to everyone with a connection so the many geniuses born every year will be able to make contributions to the ever growing pool of knowledge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RAM View Post
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    We want to help our children figure out who they are,' Kenneth says, 'and then do everything we can to help them nurture that.' .
    Cultivate
    Nourish
    Nurture
    Last edited by EndtimesDeut32/70AD; 03-08-2012 at 12:40 PM.
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