At ISEF, fusion is hot

South Carolina teen makes finals with directed neutron source

By Devin Powell, 22:20 PM May 15, 2012

PITTSBURGH — Ben Bartlett, a 17-year-old from Lexington, S.C., built a portable nuclear fusion reactor in his parents’ house and earned himself a trip to Pittsburgh where he has a chance to take home one of the top awards later this week at the world’s largest precollege science fair.

Nevadan Taylor Wilson won a Young Scientist Award at last year’s Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for a similar reactor that detected radioactive materials by spraying out subatomic pa...

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