Teen Builds Basement Nuclear Reactor
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15-year old Thiago Olson built a small nuclear reactor, called 'fusor,' a tabletop machine that fuses atoms to produce energy.

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It creates nuclear fusion (not fission) and is 100% safe.  How a fusor works:
1. Two vacuum pumps suck air out of the central chamber, leaving a near-total vacuum. Loose atoms in there interfere with fusion and lower yield.
2. The chamber is filled with deuterium and jolted with about 45,000 volts of electricity. A negatively charged grid of thin steel wires attracts the now-positive particles, sometimes causing them to collide.
3. Colliding particles fuse to form Helium-3. The resulting neutron emission is measured, proving that fusion occurred.
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