Jackson Oswalt is not your ordinary kid. While some of his peers are busy spending their time on social media and playing video games, the young boy from Memphis, Tennessee is spending his time in a laboratory.
Jackson, who is now 14 years old, managed to create a working nuclear fusion reactor when he was only 12. He is believed to be the youngest person to build a functioning nuclear fusion reactor.
Using just internet research, Jackson built a steel machine made up of vacuums, pumps, and chambers. To release bursts of energy, his nuclear fusion reactor smashes atoms together through force.
“The start of the process was just learning about what other people had done with their fusion reactors. After that, I assembled a list of parts I needed. [I] got those parts off eBay primarily and then often times the parts that I managed to scrounge off of eBay weren’t exactly what I needed. So, I’d have to modify them to be able to do what I needed to do for my project.”
Without any help from textbooks, Jackson said he mainly relied on trial and error and an online forum for amateur physicists.
“After a while, it became pretty simple to realize how it all worked together, but at the start it was definitely figuring out one aspect of it, memorizing what that actually meant and then moving on to a different aspect of it. Eventually, all those pieces of the puzzle came together to make a good project.”
Jackson converted his family’s playroom into a nuclear laboratory. His parents invested $8,000 to $10,000 on this project.
While the cost is pretty hefty, it isn’t really that terrible when you consider the fact that Jackson will probably be eligible for at least a few scholarships at outstanding colleges after this.
Scientists Discover That The Moon Lies INSIDE The Earth’s Atmosphere
The discovery was made through data gathered more than two decades ago!
We've always believed that the Moon revolves around Earth outside of the planet's atmosphere. However, scientists have just made an astounding discovery. The Earth's atmosphere has been found to be much bigger than we originally thought.
The scientists at Russia’s Space Research Institute have looked into decades-old data gathered by the NASA/European Space Agency Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO). It revealed that our planet's atmosphere stretches 391,464 miles (630,000km) away and is about 50 times the diameter of Earth.
This just means that the moon actually lies in the middle of the Earth's atmosphere.
NASA Is Looking For ‘Funny’ Astronauts To Send On Mission To Mars
Are you the ‘joker’ of the group? The class clown? NASA wants you!
Have you ever been labeled the class clown? You just might be the person NASA's looking for - and they want to send you on a major space mission!
According to recent reports, the space agency is looking for 'funny' astronauts to be part of a team that will be sent to Mars. The journey is expected to last for two years and is expected to happen in the 2030s.
Qualified applicants will undergo mission simulation testings at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas....
Dinosaur With Mohawk Made Of Spikes Discovered In South America
This punk dinosaur could terrify any predators with its mohawk made of spikes!
We continue to discover new dinosaurs every day. However, a recent find in South America is proving to be truly unique. The majestic herbivore has been found with long, forward-pointing spikes down its neck. The strange feature makes the dinosaur appear like it has a mohawk made of spikes.
The paleontologists from CONICET, Universidad Maimónides, and several other institutions found the new species in 2013. It has been dubbed Bajadasaurus pronuspinax, the latter part of which means “bent over forward spine.” The dinosaur was a sauropod, a group of long-necked, four-legged dinosaurs that lived in the Lower Cretaceous period in Argentina 140 million years ago.
The spikes covered the sauropod's neck and may have been used for display and protection.