AW: [ RadSafe ] Reactor in the Basement!
franz.schoenhofer at chello.at
Tue Nov 21 17:07:12 CST 2006
Can anybody enlighten me? The date of this article is November 19, 2006 -
was it intended to be published on April 1, what we call in Europe "April
Fools Day"? Now we have a teen as expert, who solves all the problems that
those scientists with academic degrees and professors have still not been
able to solve in spite of spending billions and more billions in equipment
for research and world wide cooperation. This is done in the basement of an
Oakland Township. Gratulations!
Please, can somebody tell me that this is a newspaper hoax!
PhD, MR iR
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> Gesendet: Dienstag, 21. November 2006 22:48
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> Betreff: [ RadSafe ] Reactor in the Basement!
> TEEN GOES NUCLEAR: He creates fusion in his Oakland Township home
> November 19, 2006
> BY GINA DAMRON
> (Detroit) FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER
> On the surface, Thiago Olson is like any typical teenager.
> He's on the cross country and track teams at Stoney Creek High School in
> Rochester Hills. He's a good-looking, clean-cut 17-year-old with a 3.75
> grade point average, and he has his eyes fixed on the next big step:
> college. But to his friends, Thiago is known as "the mad scientist."
> In the basement of his parents' Oakland Township home, tucked away in an
> area most aren't privy to see, Thiago is exhausting his love of physics on
> a project that has taken him more than two years and 1,000 hours to
> research and build -- a large, intricate machine that , on a small scale,
> creates nuclear fusion.
> Nuclear fusion -- when atoms are combined to create energy -- is "kind of
> like the holy grail of physics," he said. In fact, on www.fusor.net, the
> Stoney Creek senior is ranked as the 18th amateur in the world to create
> nuclear fusion. So, how does he do it?
> Pointing to the steel chamber where all the magic happens, Thiago said on
> Friday that this piece of the puzzle serves as a vacuum. The air is sucked
> out and into a filter. Then, deuterium gas -- a form of hydrogen -- is
> injected into the vacuum. About 40,000 volts of electricity are charged
> into the chamber from a piece of equipment taken from an old mammogram
> machine. As the machine runs, the atoms in the chamber are attracted to
> the center and soon -- ta da -- nuclear fusion. Thiago said when that
> happens, a small intense ball of energy forms. He first achieved fusion
> in September and has been perfecting the machine he built in his parents'
> garage ever since.
> This year, Thiago was a semifinalist for the Siemens Foundation's National
> Research Competition. He plans to enter the Science and Engineering Fair
> of Metropolitan Detroit, which is in March, in hopes of qualifying to be
> in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in New Mexico in
> To his mom and dad, he's still reminiscent of the 5-year-old who toiled
> over a kid-friendly chemistry set and, then at age 9, was able to change
> the battery in his older brother's car. Now, in a small room in the
> basement, Thiago has set up a science lab -- where bottles marked
> "potassium hydroxide" and "methanol" sit on shelves and a worn, old book,
> titled "The Atomic Fingerprint: Neutron Activation Analysis" piled among
> others in the empty sink.
> Thiago's mom, Natalice Olson, initially was leery of the project, even
> though the only real danger from the fusion machine is the high voltage
> and small amount of X-rays emitted through a glass window in the vacuum
> chamber -- through which Olson videotapes the fusion in action. But, she
> wasn't really surprised, since he was always coming up with lofty ideas.
> "Originally, he wanted to build a hyperbolic chamber," she said, adding
> that she promptly said no. But, when he came asking about the nuclear
> fusion machine, she relented.
> "I think it was pretty brave that he could think that he was capable to do
> something so amazing," she said.
> Thiago's dad, Mark Olson, helped with some of the construction and
> electrical work. To get all of the necessary parts, Thiago scoured the
> Internet, buying items on eBay and using his age to persuade manufacturers
> to give him discounts. The design of the model came from his own ideas and
> some suggestions from other science-lovers he met online.
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