STEAM Saturday – Fusion Breakthrough, Nuclear Incentives, and LEGO Beach


STEAM Saturday
Fusion Breakthrough, Nuclear Incentives, and LEGO Beach
February 19, 2022

In this edition, we have breakthroughs in fusion energy, incentives for nuclear power, and a beach awash in LEGO bricks.


BBC – Major breakthrough on nuclear fusion energy (Feb 9, 2022)
European scientists say they have made a major breakthrough in their quest to develop practical nuclear fusion – the energy process that powers the stars. – DOE Establishes $6 Billion Program to Preserve America’s Clean Nuclear Energy Infrastructure (Feb 11, 2022)
DOE seeks public input on executing the bipartisan infrastructure law’s civil nuclear credit program to ensure continued operation of clean, reliable nuclear energy.

BBC – Why Does Lego Keep Washing Up on a British Beach? (Feb 12, 2022)
The recent video follows up on an article from July 21, 2014: “A container filled with millions of Lego pieces fell into the sea off Cornwall in 1997. But instead of remaining at the bottom of the ocean, they are still washing up on Cornish beaches today – offering an insight into the mysterious world of oceans and tides.”

Data Center Dynamics – Substations planned for nuclear-powered Pennsylvania Bitcoin data center (Oct 26, 2021)
Talen Energy, a Pennsylvania power producer, has signed contracts for three substations to deliver power from its Susquehanna nuclear power plant to a Bitcoin mining data center owned by Talen.

AgDaily – Fruit or vegetable: Botany and kitchens may not agree (Jun 15, 2021)
When your mother told you that you had to eat vegetables to grow big and strong, you probably thought about broccoli, carrots, squash, maybe even tomatoes. But did you know, only two of those are actual vegetables?


Kyle Hill – Kyle Hill is a science educator with degrees in civil and environmental engineering and science communication. He previously hosted the popular Because Science YouTube series, but now runs The Facility.

Steve Mould – Steve Mould is a Master of Physics from the University of Oxford. He’s a British author and science communicator who hosts educational videos on his YouTube channel. He co-hosted ITV’s I Never Knew That About Britain alongside Paul Martin and Suzannah Lipscomb and previously appeared as a science expert on The Alan Titchmarsh Show, The One Show, and Blue Peter.

Cheddar News – Cheddar News feeds curiosity about what’s next with the latest in business news, culture, media, technology and innovation shaping our world tomorrow.

A Capella Science – Deep science. Sweet harmony. Explore the world through educational song. A Capella Science was suggested by Jennifer Hartshorn.


Jerry Rig Everything – Zack Nelson has used his love of repairing, simple explanations, and brief tutorials to help millions of people with repairs of their own. Outside of YouTube, his ‘to-the-point’ style of teaching has created instructional and informational videos for manufacturers and factories around the world.


CGP Grey – CGP Grey is an American-Irish educational YouTuber, podcaster, and streamer who creates short explanatory videos on subjects including politics, geography, economics, history, and culture.

I Like To Make Stuff – Bob Clagett likes to make stuff, whether it be home renovations, fixing up a vintage car, or building an astromech droid.


InsiderInsider is a global news publication that tells the stories you want to know.

Ben’s Worx – Ben is a maker from Queensland, Australia who has always had an interest in woodworking. He makes all kinds of things from wood, metal, plastics, and epoxy resin, and loves to experiment in the name of entertainment.



Patrik Pietschmann – Patrik Pietschmann is a keyboard player, arranger and programmer from Germany who creates piano arrangements of popular current soundtracks.


Physics Girl – Hosted by Dianna Cowern, a science communicator and physics alumna from MIT, this show was part of PBS Digital Studios until 2020. She uses her platform to explore complex physics, astronomy, and science-related topics in simple terms.

InsiderInsider is a global news publication that tells the stories you want to know.

Glen and Friends – Glen and Julie Powell of Toronto host this look into recipes from the Depression Era, including if those recipes still work or can be improved in the modern day. It’s a great look into history and how cooking is both science and art.

Wendover Productions – Wendover Productions, run by filmmaker Sam Denby, is all about explaining how our world works. From travel, to economics, to geography, to marketing, and more, every video will leave you with a little better understanding of our world.


If you have any suggestions for STEAM Saturday, please leave them below in the comments. If your suggestion is used, your name will be credited.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope that something inspired you to get out there and explore the universe.



STEAM Saturday is a celebration of curiosity and imagination through science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics, the very building blocks of the universe around us.

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