Local kid achieves fusion in his bedroom lab. This is a local story, because it has been done before. The only newsworthy angles are that he is local, and he managed to set a new record as the youngest person to accomplish this, at age 12 (a day before his 13th birthday). The previous record holder was a Texas kid who had been 13 when he got his fusion reactor working.
“Fusioneers” is a thing. There is an active international group of hobbyists with their own home fusion reactors. That sounds like the sort of thing some of y’all might actually do, so I noticed the headline.
The Washington Post had an article about fusioneers nearly two years ago. They have a photo gallery of hobbyists in their home labs. The photo captions are a hoot. Here is my favorite.
Scott Moroch, left, and Jack Rosky, both 17, along with both sets of parents, came from Wayne, N.J., where they have their own fusor built and running at Newark’s New Jersey Institute of Technology. “We didn’t want them blowing up our basement,” says Scott’s mother, Nancy. “It’s better they blow up a university.”