Usually when parents say their teen is “going nuclear” they don’t mean it literally, but when you’re speaking of Thiago Olson of Oakland Township the literal sense of the words seems very apt indeed:
In the basement of his parents’ Oakland Township home, tucked away in an area most aren’t privy to see, Thiago is exhausting his love of physics on a project that has taken him more than two years and 1,000 hours to research and build—a large, intricate machine that , on a small scale, creates nuclear fusion.
Nuclear fusion—when atoms are combined to create energy—is “kind of like the holy grail of physics,” he said.
In fact, on www.fusor.net, the Stoney Creek senior is ranked as the 18th amateur in the world to create nuclear fusion.
That’s going to be a hard one to top at the next School Science Fair.