Former star of E4 show embarks on new venture in nuclear physics
The Sceptic Tank loves to hear about actors, presenters, and other public figures who use their high profiles to push for action on climate change. Take Leonardo DiCaprio, who, as the latest box fresh United Nations Peace Envoy stood up in front of world leaders to demand action on climate change, or Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall, who successfully took up the fight against overfishing.
Then there is Dame Vivienne Westwood battling for a climate revolution or Sir Paul McCartney leading the charge against fracking and joining forces with his daughter Stella to back the Meat Free Monday Campaign. Even former Apprentice contestant Syed Ahmed claims to have developed the most energy efficient handryer on the planet. The list goes on.
So just imagine our delight to learn this week that blond bombshell and Made in Chelsea star Richard Dinan has embarked on one of the most challenging quests facing the scientific world - supplying clean power from nuclear fusion technology.
The lack of a university degree has not stopped Dinan, who has apparently tutored himself in nuclear physics. How he found the time while running his own business and appearing on the E4 reality drama show remains unknown. But any gaps in his knowledge will certainly be filled in by the team of plucky scientists from Applied Fusion Systems that he has reportedly recruited to help deliver on his nuclear vision.
What's more, once Dinan has cracked the small matter of generating nuclear fusion power, he plans to start printing out the necessary components with his 3D printing business - cutting edge or what?
The promise of nuclear fusion often seems too good to be true - a low carbon, safe abundant source of power, but scientists have joked for at least 30 years that the necessary commercial breakthrough is 30 years away and always will be. However, Dinan and his team are more optimistic, pointing to recent breakthroughs from Lockheed Martin, the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), and the Joint European Torus (JET) experiment.
Dinan says he can't think of a more "exciting prospect than working in the engine room of a star". Neither can we, Richard. Neither can we.
Next week: Spencer Matthews and the giant geo-engineering space mirrors.
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