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Rad Scientist Episode 4: San Diego Physicist Working Toward New Energy Source For Future Generations

San Diego physicist Cami Collins standing in front of a life-size replica of ...

Credit: Margot Wohl

Above: San Diego physicist Cami Collins standing in front of a life-size replica of a fusion reactor.

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The KPBS podcast "Rad Scientist" is trying to bridge a connection between San Diego's scientific community and non-scientists. Podcast host Margot Wohl is working towards her Ph.D. in neuroscience at UC San Diego.

The third episode features Cami Collins, a physicist at General Atomics in San Diego. Collins who grew up in the small town of Glasgow, Montana, dreamed of becoming a physicist.

"I remember very specifically we were reading our science books. I was reading ahead because we were in this section about alternative energy. They talked about nuclear fission, and then they talked about fusion, about you can join atoms and it doesn't produce nuclear waste. I was like, 'Wow. That's a really bright, great idea,'" Collins said.

Collins' goal is to create a new energy source for future generations.

"Rad Scientist" is one of seven local content projects selected for the KPBS Explore program.

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