Yes, X-Prize billionaires are failing their mission: “Making the Impossible Possible.” Now they need at least $10 trillion to save the world, and a far grander vision, the new “10X-Prizes.”
When students cheat on exams it’s because our school system values grades more than students value learning.
-Neil deGrasse Tyson (via Twitter)
I especially like the first video of Taylor Wilson’s idea. Nuclear-related fuel technologies have gotten a bad rep lately but it’s honestly the fuel of the future.
Taylor Wilson has been called “The Boy Who Played With Fusion” by Popular Science magazine. At age 9, Wilson stunned tour guides at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, with his complex understanding of rocket science. At 12, he set out to make a “star in a jar.” By 14, Wilson had become the youngest person to achieve nuclear fusion with a working reactor. Built in his parents’ garage, the deuterium-hurling device is now housed in the physics department of the University of Nevado, Reno.
At TED2013, Wilson made his second appearance on the TED stage, above. Now 19, he arrived with a bold new idea — a way to make nuclear energy safe and portable, on a scale where it has the potential to address the global energy crisis. In today’s talk, Wilson shares his latest innovation — Small Modular Fission Reactors. These…
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