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  • So my name is Taylor Wilson.

  • I am 17 years old

  • and I am a nuclear physicist,

  • which may be a little hard to believe, but I am.

  • And I would like to make the case

  • that nuclear fusion

  • will be that point,

  • that the bridge that T. Boone Pickens talked about

  • will get us to.

  • So nuclear fusion is our energy future.

  • And the second point,

  • making the case that kids can really change the world.

  • So you may ask --

  • (Applause)

  • You may ask me,

  • well how do you know what our energy future is?

  • Well I built a fusion reactor

  • when I was 14 years old.

  • That is the inside of my nuclear fusion reactor.

  • I started building this project

  • when I was about 12 or 13 years old.

  • I decided I wanted to make a star.

  • Now most of you are probably saying,

  • well there's no such thing as nuclear fusion.

  • I don't see any nuclear power plants with fusion energy.

  • Well it doesn't break even.

  • It doesn't produce more energy out than I put in,

  • but it still does some pretty cool stuff.

  • And I assembled this in my garage,

  • and it now lives in the physics department

  • of the University of Nevada, Reno.

  • And it slams together deuterium,

  • which is just hydrogen with an extra neutron in it.

  • So this is similar to the reaction

  • of the proton chain that's going on inside the Sun.

  • And I'm slamming it together so hard

  • that that hydrogen fuses together,

  • and in the process it has some byproducts,

  • and I utilize those byproducts.

  • So this previous year,

  • I won the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

  • I developed a detector that replaces the current detectors

  • that Homeland Security has.

  • For hundreds of dollars,

  • I've developed a system that exceeds the sensitivity

  • of detectors that are hundreds of thousands of dollars.

  • I built this in my garage.

  • (Applause)

  • And I've developed a system

  • to produce medical isotopes.

  • Instead of requiring multi-million-dollar facilities

  • I've developed a device that, on a very small scale,

  • can produce these isotopes.

  • So that's my fusion reactor in the background there.

  • That is me at the control panel

  • of my fusion reactor.

  • Oh, by the way, I make yellowcake in my garage,

  • so my nuclear program is as advanced as the Iranians.

  • So maybe I don't want to admit to that.

  • This is me at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland,

  • which is the preeminent particle physics laboratory in the world.

  • And this is me with President Obama,

  • showing him my Homeland Security research.

  • (Applause)

  • So in about seven years

  • of doing nuclear research,

  • I started out with a dream

  • to make a "star in a jar," a star in my garage,

  • and I ended up meeting the president

  • and developing things that I think can change the world,

  • and I think other kids can too.

  • So thank you very much.

  • (Applause)

So my name is Taylor Wilson.

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【TED】Taylor Wilson: Yup, I built a nuclear fusion reactor (Yup, I built a nuclear fusion reactor | Taylor Wilson)

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