U.S. teen builds nuclear reactor inside his father’s garageBy Mason White 3:58 PM February 6, 2013
By: David Ross
(Scroll down for video) A U.S. teen has built a nuclear reactor inside his father’s garage, according to video uploaded to the internet.
Conrad Farnsworth of Newcastle, Wyoming, is not even old enough to vote when he built a successful nuclear fusion reactor.
Now, 18-years-old, Farnsworth said last month that while the reactor which was built in the garage is too inefficient to be used for energy production, it could be used to produce isotopes to fight cancer.
The teenager, who shares his surname with the original designer of the fusion reactor, Philo T. Farnsworth and self-proclaimed mad scientist Hubert J. Farnsworth, began working on the project when he was just 16-years-old. He began by contacting members of the international community of amateur fusion enthusiasts.
The resulting reactor is a maze of wires, buttons and other stuff, sitting next to his father’s 1972 Chevy car in the shed. The plasma in the center of the reactor reaches a temperature of 600 million degrees Fahrenheit.
On December 1, 2011, Farnsworth captured the moment he achieved nuclear fusion on video.
The next day, he uploaded the video to YouTube, and a few days later, he went his creation, to a regional science fair, winning the first prize. He also won again at the state level. He then attended the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium in Maryland and San Diego.
According to a local newspaper, only about 60 people worldwide have ever built a successful fusion reactor. Now, Farnsworth told the newspaper, he is working on the development of a more efficient nuclear reactor.
Since the nuclear fusion reactor emits no radiation it is perfectly safe to operate anywhere.
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