Amateur fusion isn't quite a new fad. Online resources have been available since the early 2000s
, and plenty of people have learned about or built a Farnsworth-Hirsch fusor
for themselves. Philo T. Farnsworth (perhaps more famous for inventing TV
) designed equipment that could fusion atoms together. Before anyone gets too excited, though, none of these designs look like they could ever produce any excess energy. It would be nice if fusion generators actually did exist, but we're probably not going to see any in the near future. In the meantime, playing with fusion reactors might inspire a really clever design, so here are a few links on DIY fusion.
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