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Neighbors of a Memphis, Tenn., teenager may want to order some lead smocks. According to an independent analysis, Jackson Oswalt has become the youngest American ever to construct a nuclear fusion reactor, and he did it at home. Jackson flipped the switch in his homemade lab in January 2018, just hours before his 13th birthday. The boy smashed two molecules of deuterium gas in his reactor and was able to coax the molecules to eject an electron. Just over a year later, Richard Hull, a 72-year-old retired electronics engineer and a verifier with the Open Source Fusor Research Consortium, was able to confirm that the experiment met the technical definition of a fusion reaction. Now 14, Jackson hopes to become a nuclear engineer someday.