Teenager constructs nuclear power plant in his parents’ garage

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Programme notes: 19-year-old hopes to revolutionise nuclear power

How do you raise a genius? At age 11, Taylor Wilson told his parents that he wanted to build a nuclear reactor in the family garage. His parents never guessed he would do it, but three years later Taylor made history as the youngest person ever to build a fusion reactor. Since then he’s continued to amaze everyone around him with inventions like a cheaper way to make medical isotopes to treat cancer, and a better way to detect dirty bombs. Rock Center’s Harry Smith hikes in the mountains of Western Nevada with this boy wonder to learn what makes Taylor Wilson tick.

NPP notes:

Everything Taylor Wilson knows about nuclear science he taught himself – thanks to the internet.

Part of his collection includes a shelf cabinet of radioactive consumer items.

At 11 decides to build a fusion reactor in the garage.

A nuclear physicist at an Academy provides space in his laboratory. At 14 Taylor had done it.

Yellow cake – “… this is the stuff Niger was supposedly selling to Saddam Hussein and why we went to war in Iraq.” (NPP ?!)
“Homeland Security know it’s here. It’s not illegal or anything like that but they keep an eye on me.” (NPP ?!)
“The power plant designs we have right now are essentially the same reactor design we came up with in the 1950’s.”
NPP: The internet is a game changer. Conventional schooling hinders? This kid is already tied up with the conventional science and business environment. The short clip with President Obomba gives a ‘nice’ impression of the drone commander in chief. I’d like to see a conversation with Taylor and Pakistani children considered collateral damage; not to deter him, but to give food for thought for an apparently bright mind to best use his talents.
I thought, an interesting clip that brings up many questions.
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2 Responses to “Teenager constructs nuclear power plant in his parents’ garage”

  1. Anonymous says:

    “Taylor made history as the youngest person ever to build a fusion reactor.”

    Really? Interesting, seeing as how fusion power is still theoretical. Hundreds of brilliant scientists at Lockheed Martin’s skunkworks would like to meet this Taylor Wilson.

    In actuality, the clowns at NBC probably meant “fission power”. But what can you expect from the lamestream media nowadays. Their editors couldn’t give two craps about accuracy.

  2. NPP says:

    Yes, I wondered about this fussion/fission… I confess I never remember things like, which way round it is: AC/DC Tesla/Edison.
    The kid is bright though and made me wonder about governments monitoring ‘terrorists’ creating bombs in the garage; authorities nurturing young talent.

    I understand currently we break molecules/atoms up whereas Tesla talked about going with the flow; tapping into an existing energy flow.

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