Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Teen Goes Nuclear at Home!

There was a time when drugs and halucinagenic mushrooms were one of the biggest concerns with teens. Now it's mushroom clouds!

Okay, I'm not dense enough to carry this story about this teen who created a nuclear fusion reactor in his home all the way to a mushroom cloud. Nuclear weapons and nuclear fusion (where an atomic nucleus splits into fragments) -- or fission (combining light nuclei) for that matter -- are not one in the same. But, this is quite a story (and I needed a mushroom segue).

Here's how the story begins...
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."

Read the rest of the story here.

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