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Conrad Farnsworth, 18, of Newcastle, Wyo., powers up his Inertial Electrostatic Confinement Fusion Reactor on Jan. 17, 2013, in his dad's shed. Farnsworth is the only person in Wyoming to achieve nuclear fusion and one of only about 15 people in the world to do so while still in high school. (AP Photo/Casper Star-Tribune, Dan Cepeda)

SDSM&T student gains fame for fusion success, science fair fail

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By Christine Peterson

Casper Star-Tribune

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Few people outside of Conrad Farnsworth's small, northeast Wyoming town knew about his science. Fewer than 200 people had watched a video proving he was one of only 15 high school students in the world to successfully create a nuclear fusion reactor.

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