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Teen Who Built Nuclear Reactor DQ'd from Science Fair
« on: June 04, 2013, 07:13:28 PM »
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Conrad Farnsworth built a nuclear reactor in his dad's garage. But when it came to making the International Science and Engineering Fair, there was a bit of a meltdown. He was disqualified from attending because he entered into one too many science fairs in the wrong order, news reports say.

His "crime" was reported to the international fair by the former director of the Wyoming State Science Fair; presumably he would have been able to attend the competition despite the breech of a small technicality, because it would have gone unnoticed, Wyoming's Casper Star-Tribune reported. The Wyoming fair's sponsor said the director acted out of her authority, and she has since not had her contract renewed.

Farnsworth is one of only 15 high-school students to ever achieve nuclear fusion, and the first person to do so in the state of Wyoming. "He made it using parts he ordered online, traded with other fusioneers and created himself," the Star-Tribune reported. 

http://www.livescience.com/37104-teen-builds-nuclear-reactor-dq.html

Sounds like one of his competition looked for the technicality to get him out. That would be tough to compete with.

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Re: Teen Who Built Nuclear Reactor DQ'd from Science Fair
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2013, 07:15:21 PM »
Some of the articles on this say it is a fission reactor, not fusion. Big difference. The Fusion comment is probably from a dumb reporter repeating mistakes of other dumb reporters.

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Re: Teen Who Built Nuclear Reactor DQ'd from Science Fair
« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2013, 12:02:34 PM »
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Farnsworth is one of only 15 high-school students to ever achieve nuclear fusion

By golly, we need to get rid of the National Institutes of Science and go with the high schoolers!  Not one single "adult" scientist has ever been able to achieve that!!   :laugh:
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Re: Teen Who Built Nuclear Reactor DQ'd from Science Fair
« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2013, 12:04:19 PM »
Some of the articles on this say it is a fission reactor, not fusion. Big difference. The Fusion comment is probably from a dumb reporter repeating mistakes of other dumb reporters.




Ahh.  So they had the White House press pool covering this event.

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Re: Teen Who Built Nuclear Reactor DQ'd from Science Fair
« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2013, 02:13:51 PM »
He built a nuclear reactor in his dad's garage and his name is Conrad Farnsworth? Doesn't that name somehow seem just so appropriate?

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