A New Kind Of Nuclear Reactor?
Leslie Dewan is 30, and she’s been building things her whole life. As an undergrad at MIT, she constructed two ancient balsawood rafts and sailed them on the Charles River.
Go back further, to the sixth grade, and she wired a generator to a little water wheel. It made enough electricity to power a “teeny, tiny light bulb…sometimes.” Dewan’s still into electricity, and building. But these days, her vision extends well beyond a tiny bulb.
“Ultimately, I think we can power the world with enormous amounts of carbon-free electricity,” she says.
How? By building a new kind of nuclear reactor. But first, nuclear energy 101.