Before I get more emails on this.
What he built – not created, built – is called a fusor or fuzor. Instructions for building one abound on the internet.
A boy, yes a boy as opposed to a girl or gender-nonconforming kid, does this every few years, with adoring parents who manage to get him into the news.
I am irritated by the recurring science ignorance of the reporters who don’t just tell the parents to fuggetaboutit.
I am also irritated by the recurring meme of boy science genius. It’s a message to girls that boys are the only ones who do this kind of thing or will get credit for it. One of these BOYS, a few years back, was hailed as the next Einstein because he had some uranium ore in his garage. He didn’t even finish college. Have you heard of him? I can’t even remember his name.
That is all. Open thread.