Fu­sion vs fis­sion

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A mis­an­thropic so­ciopath might seem like a poor choice to front any ed­u­ca­tion and pub­lic out­reach pro­gramme, but the team be­hind NASA’s Spitzer space te­le­scope has hired GLaDOS any­way. Well, voice ac­tress Ellen McLain at any rate. McLain reprises her role in a STEM-learn­ing video that sees the be­lea­guered AI ex­plain­ing the dif­fer­ence be­tween nu­clear fu­sion and fis­sion to two hap­less en­gi­neers to get her­self hooked up to NASA’s servers. It’s en­ter­tain­ing, and makes us wish the sci­ence videos we were made to sit through in school had half of GLaDOS’s cold, inim­itable charm.

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