The Red Bulletin presents Game Changers. The people, things and ideas that will change our lives in 2016.
There’s one thing we know for sure: Doc Brown was wrong—you can’t travel through time with radioactive plutonium. Which is a shame. But we can still use deadly radioactive material to save the world, as three young geniuses have proved.
Taylor Wilson, now 21, built a small-scale nuclear-fusion reactor in his parents’ garage when he was 14. He has since been tinkering with plans for nuclear- fission power stations, which would solve the problem of radioactive waste rather than contribute to it.
Two MIT graduates, Leslie Dewan, 31, and Mark Massie, 29, are forging similar plans. They too have designed a next-generation nuclear reactor—on paper, at least.
All three want to solve one of humanity’s most pressing problems. Dewan and Massie’s molten-salt reactors could use the highly radioactive waste from regular nuclear power stations as a source of energy to produce electricity with an efficiency level of 98 percent.
And if that doesn’t work, we’ll be dusting off Doc Brown’s time machine again.