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Teen Builds Basement Nuclear Reactor

Two years ago, then high school student Thiago Olson from Michigan planned to create a project so complex, it will blow his teachers’ minds. He went on to build his own mini nuclear reactor. Because he was only 15 at that time, he had limited cash and engineering skills to finish the project, which made the success of his project even more incredible.

For a year, Thiago worked on building the fusors of the reactor. After he finished the project, he joined a group of less amateur engineers to create tabletop machines that could fuse atoms together in order to produce energy. However, his small-scale version of a nuclear reactor failed to generated enough energy to heat up a cup of coffee. This is why the radiation officials in his area declared that his project was safe.

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