The Place: One-On-One with Philanthropist and Businessman Doug Pitt

But, people in the Ozarks know him as a dedicated philanthropist and successful businessman. The Place’s Michael Gibson sat down with Doug to …

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – Doug Pitt is known to many as the brother of Academy Award-winning actor Brad Pitt. But, people in the Ozarks know him as a dedicated philanthropist and successful businessman. The Place’s Michael Gibson sat down with Doug to discuss what fuels his compassion and drive to go good.

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‘Ad Astra’ space advisor doesn’t want to see an Applebee’s on the moon

Retired NASA astronaut-turned-consultant for private aerospace company SpaceX, Garrett Reisman tells Inverse what it was like teaching actor Brad …

Moon pirates, $125 for a blanket on a commercial flight to the moon, and restaurant franchises popping up on the lunar surface — those were some of the predictions incorporated in James Gray’s science fiction drama Ad Astra.

Aside from taking viewers on a daunting mission through deep space, the newly released film paints a bleak picture of where we may be headed in the uncharted territories of the cosmos.

The movie’s advisor on all things related to space travel is more hopeful about humankind’s future decisions, though.

Retired NASA astronaut-turned-consultant for private aerospace company SpaceX, Garrett Reisman tells Inverse what it was like teaching actor Brad Pitt how to fly a spacecraft and pretend he’s in space.

“We aren’t that commercial in the way you see in the movie,” Reisman says of his science-focused work.

He also admits that the vision of commercial space travel as depicted in Ad Astra is not exactly the future he would like to see.

When asked whether this is where we’re headed, he laughs and says, “I hope not, I saw the Applebee’s on the moon.”

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Ad Astra’s depiction of a future colony on the moon.

In the past couple of years, we have gotten closer to commercial space travel and the possibility of inhabiting other worlds than ever before. And the film is one of the first to explore that in a realistic, toned-down approach. But what it lacks in extraterrestrial drama, it makes up for in interplanetary gloominess.

Set in the not-so-distant future, Ad Astra warns of what would happen if humanity packed in a strong dose of capitalism on its way to colonize outer space. The movie follows astronaut Roy McBride (Pitt) as he journeys into the depths of space to reach out to his father, whom he thought had died during an ill-fated mission to Neptune. On his way to Neptune, McBride gets on a commercial flight to the moon, fends off pirates fighting over lunar resources, and lands on a dystopian Mars that’s divided up in different colonies.

It all seems a little too real, as venture capitalists continue to pour their billions into investments in commercial space travel.

Reisman, however, suspects that rather than becoming a future cosmic tourist trap, space travel will evolve the same way air travel has. When it was first introduced, air travel was quite exclusive, reserved only for the movie stars and elites. But today, booking a commercial flight is no longer that special.

“That will happen someday in space too, it will be a sign of progress,” Reisman says. “[Space travel] is going to be more mundane.”

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Brad Pitt in ‘Ad Astra’.

Reisman joined NASA in 1998 and was part of the International Space Station crew for a total of 95 days in space. He left the agency in 2011 and joined the commercial side of spaceflight as part of Elon Musk’s SpaceX.

“In some ways it’s very different, and in other ways it’s pretty much the same,” Reisman says of working for both NASA and SpaceX.

And while the same physics and technology apply to both sectors of space travel, and oftentimes the two entities collaborate on partnerships, decision making is a lot faster and more agile on the private side.

But it’s those public-private interactions that contribute to Reisman’s hopeful outlook on the future of space travel.

“All the private-public partnerships, all these other companies and people getting involved and interested in space, that’s really heartening to me,” he says.

If anything, Reisman is looking forward to the future additions to spacecrafts. The space engineer had his eye on the spaceship that McBride was piloting on his quest to Neptune, which he describes as “really neat” and hopes to get to fly one day.

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For now, though, Reisman did teach Pitt how to fly a spaceship, which he says was an easy task since Pitt already has experience as a pilot. “The coolest day for me on this project,” Reisman says, was when he imparted Pitt with his wisdom. “We sat in the cockpit…he looked very natural.”

Aside from lending his space engineer experience, Reisman also contributed his expertise dealing with interpersonal issues in space.

“Two things I mentioned while talking to Gray,” Reisman says. “During a long duration expedition, the worst things to have are ego and incompetence…two things that would break apart crew cohesion.”

And of course, these factors make an appearance in the movie.

Brad Pitt’s space epic ‘Ad Astra’ sets ‘new standard’ for science fiction films, ex-NASA engineer says

… released over 50 years ago,” said Robert Yowell, who served as an engineer at NASA for 11 years and as a senior mission manager for SpaceX.

Brad Pitt’s space epic ‘Ad Astra’ sets ‘new standard’ for science fiction films, ex-NASA engineer says

Brad Pitt’s space epic ‘Ad Astra’ is setting a ‘new standard’ for science fiction films.

The Brad Pitt-helmed space epic “Ad Astra” sets a new standard for science fiction films, a former NASA engineer who served as a technical consultant for the movie told Fox News.

“In my view, it sets a new standard for science fiction films, updating for all to see on the big screen some of the most fantastic imagery we have obtained of our solar system since films like ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ were released over 50 years ago,” said Robert Yowell, who served as an engineer at NASA for 11 years and as a senior mission manager for SpaceX.

The new film, set in a future in which humanity has colonized a few far-flung parts of the solar system but still hasn’t reckoned with its own existential torments, is three films rolled cohesively into one: a visually stunning movie about astronauts exploring places like Mars and Jupiter; a poignant father-son tale about coming to grips with abandonment and growing up with a certain kind of dad; and a social commentary on 21st-century concerns over environmental degradation, capitalism and our place in the world.

Pitt, 55, plays Maj. Roy McBride, a man on a mission to the edge of our galaxy that he can’t really refuse.

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Brad Pitt plays an astronaut grappling with a range of conflicting emotions in "Ad Astra."

Brad Pitt plays an astronaut grappling with a range of conflicting emotions in “Ad Astra.” (FRANCOIS DUHAMEL/TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX)

As he journeys in search of his father, Pitt’s character battles pirates and rabid baboons, and regularly checks in to record his vital signs and state of mind — spending a good chunk of the film zooming out in the deepest and darkest parts of space. The longtime actor spoke about parental relationships in an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour.

“My individual experience is somewhat universal, in the fact that you know our parents, our universe, our gods, our first imprint on on how to behave, react, feel in the world. And with that, to different degrees, some of us more than others, carry pain and confusion from that. I think it almost takes a lifetime to understand what was yours, and what was theirs,” he told Amanpour.

Yowell explained what it was like to be a consultant on the film.

“I was overwhelmed by the sheer atmosphere of teamwork, dedication and pride of the hundreds of people it took to make this magnificent film.  From the carpenters who assembled the sets, to the artists, prop masters, costume designers, cinematographers, lighting specialists, and of course the actors and director, this team reminded me greatly of the period in my career when I  was part of the team to prepare and then operate an actual space shuttle mission,” Yowell told Fox News.

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"Ad Astra" opens at theaters nationwide on September 20. (FRANCOIS DUHAMEL/TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX)

“Ad Astra” opens at theaters nationwide on September 20. (FRANCOIS DUHAMEL/TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX)

The movie also stars Tommy Lee Jones as Roy’s father, H. Clifford McBride, Donald Sutherland as Colonel Pruitt, an old associate of his father’s, and Liv Tyler as Roy’s wife, Eve.

“I was very fortunate to have gained the trust and confidence of the wonderful director James Gray and his co-writer Ethan Gross, who graciously requested my inputs on a regular basis both in pre-production and on the set during filming,” Yowell said.

“I also hope it will inspire a new generation to become more active in science and engineering, just as films like “2001” did for me,” he added.

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Brad Pitt stars in the new space epic "Ad Astra."

Brad Pitt stars in the new space epic “Ad Astra.” (FRANCOIS DUHAMEL/TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX)

The film opens nationwide on Friday.

Regal Cinemas reveals unlimited movie subscription plan. Delaware locations included.

The Regal Unlimited subscription will allow users, who must pay a monthly or yearly fee, to see as many movies as they want at Regal theaters, …
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Regal Cinemas has unveiled its latest offering: an unlimited subscription plan that will appeal to frequent moviegoers.

The Regal Unlimited subscription will allow users, who must pay a monthly or yearly fee, to see as many movies as they want at Regal theaters, according to Regal’s website.

Regal Unlimited will launch in less than a week, according to Deadline.

That means Delaware’s Regal Brandywine Town Center (3300 Brandywine Parkway) and Regal Peoples Plaza (1100 People Plaza) are both on the list of theaters available for the Unlimited Plus membership.

Regal Unlimited plans range in price, $18-$23.50 per month, depending on where you live. Theaters in major cities such as San Francisco and New York City require the $23.50 per month plan.

Here’s a breakdown of the three available plans.

  • Regal Unlimited: $18. You can watch standard format movies at more than 200 Regal theaters nationwide.
  • Regal Unlimited Plus: $21. You can watch standard format movies at more than 400 theaters nationwide.
  • Regal Unlimited All Access: You can watch standard format movies at every Regal theater in the U.S.

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How to get the Regal Unlimited plan

Regal Unlimited subscriptions are available to those 16 and up, and it requires the Regal app and a Regal Crown Club membership.

If you don’t have a Crown Club membership, one will be created for you when you sign up for the subscription. Crown Club memberships are free.

You have to sign up for the subscription through the Regal app and provide a photo of yourself when you do so, according to Regal’s website.

Take note that when you first sign up for Regal Unlimited, you have to commit to a year of the subscription.

Regal Unlimited has two plan options: the monthly plan and the annual plan.

“The monthly plan will continue until it is cancelled. Each annual plan will be automatically cancelled after one year. (To continue your Subscription after such year, you’ll have to purchase another annual plan or change to a monthly plan.),” according to Regal’s website.

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Regal Unlimited perks

Regal Unlimited will include some additional perks for its users.

They include 10% off all food and non-alcoholic drink purchases and a free large popcorn and soft drink on your birthday.

You can also earn Crown Club credits through the money you spend on Regal Unlimited, according to Regal’s website.

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Hollywood filmmakers found their next four legged co-star for Brad Pitt at Delaware Red Pit Bulls. 3-year-old Sayuri stars in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” with Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio. She plays Pitt’s dog Brandy. Jennifer Corbett, Wilmington

Regal Unlimited reservations, exceptions

You can make up to three ticket reservations at a time with the Regal Unlimited plan. After three, you must attend one of them before you can make another reservation.

Users will have to pay a $0.50 convenience fee when making reservations through Regal Unlimited.

You will also have to pay additional fees when reserving films in other formats (ScreenX, 4DX, IMAX, RPX, 3D, and VIP), theaters not included in your subscription plan and special events like marathons, double features and fan events.

“All non-movie showtimes and events (such as NCM Fathom Events, MET Opera, concerts, private screenings and sporting events) are excluded from the Subscription Program,” according to Regal’s website.

For more details on Regal Unlimited, visit regmovies.com.

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Other unlimited deals

AMC and Cinemark also offer movie subscription plans.

The AMC Stubs A-List plan allows users to make free online reservations for up to three movies every week in any format, according to AMC’s website. It costs $19.95-$23.95.

Cinemarks’ Movie Club plan costs $9-$10 and includes one free ticket per month and 20% discounts on concessions.

Once Upon a Time In Hollywood: Meet the dog starring with Brad and Leon

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3-year-old Sayuri, an American pit bull terrier from Wilmington, stars in Quentin Tarantino's new movie "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" with Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio. She plays Pitt's dog Brandy.

3-year-old Sayuri, an American pit bull terrier from Wilmington, stars in Quentin Tarantino’s new movie “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” with Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio. She plays Pitt’s dog Brandy. Jennifer Corbett/ Delaware News Journal
3-year-old Sayuri, an American pit bull terrier from Wilmington, stars in Quentin Tarantino's new movie "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" with Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio. She plays Pitt's dog Brandy.

3-year-old Sayuri, an American pit bull terrier from Wilmington, stars in Quentin Tarantino’s new movie “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” with Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio. She plays Pitt’s dog Brandy. Jennifer Corbett/ Delaware News Journal
Matt and Monique Klosowski pose with their 3-year-old American pit bull, Sayuri, who stars in Quentin Tarantino's new movie "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" with Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio. She plays Pitt's dog Brandy.

Matt and Monique Klosowski pose with their 3-year-old American pit bull, Sayuri, who stars in Quentin Tarantino’s new movie “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” with Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio. She plays Pitt’s dog Brandy. Jennifer Corbett/ Delaware News Journal
3-year-old Sayuri, an American pit bull terrier from Wilmington, stars in Quentin Tarantino's new movie "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" with Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio. She plays Pitt's dog Brandy.

3-year-old Sayuri, an American pit bull terrier from Wilmington, stars in Quentin Tarantino’s new movie “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” with Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio. She plays Pitt’s dog Brandy. Jennifer Corbett/ Delaware News Journal
3-year-old Sayuri sits between her owners Matt and Monique Klosowski.

3-year-old Sayuri sits between her owners Matt and Monique Klosowski. Jennifer Corbett/ Delaware News Journal
3-year-old Sayuri, an American pit bull terrier from Wilmington, stars in Quentin Tarantino's new movie "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" with Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio. She plays Pitt's dog Brandy.

3-year-old Sayuri, an American pit bull terrier from Wilmington, stars in Quentin Tarantino’s new movie “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” with Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio. She plays Pitt’s dog Brandy. Jennifer Corbett/ Delaware News Journal
3-year-old Sayuri snuggles in the arms of her owner Monique Klosowski.

3-year-old Sayuri snuggles in the arms of her owner Monique Klosowski. Jennifer Corbett/ Delaware News Journal
3-year-old Sayuri sits between her owners Matt and Monique Klosowski.

3-year-old Sayuri sits between her owners Matt and Monique Klosowski. Jennifer Corbett/ Delaware News Journal
3-year-old Sayuri, an American pit bull terrier from Wilmington, stars in Quentin Tarantino's new movie "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" with Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio. She plays Pitt's dog Brandy.

3-year-old Sayuri, an American pit bull terrier from Wilmington, stars in Quentin Tarantino’s new movie “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” with Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio. She plays Pitt’s dog Brandy. Jennifer Corbett/ Delaware News Journal
3-year-old Sayuri, an American pit bull terrier from Wilmington, stars in Quentin Tarantino's new movie "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" with Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio. She plays Pitt's dog Brandy.

3-year-old Sayuri, an American pit bull terrier from Wilmington, stars in Quentin Tarantino’s new movie “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” with Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio. She plays Pitt’s dog Brandy. Jennifer Corbett/ Delaware News Journal
3-year-old Sayuri, an American pit bull terrier from Wilmington, stars in Quentin Tarantino's new movie "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" with Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio. She plays Pitt's dog Brandy.

3-year-old Sayuri, an American pit bull terrier from Wilmington, stars in Quentin Tarantino’s new movie “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” with Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio. She plays Pitt’s dog Brandy. Jennifer Corbett/ Delaware News Journal
3-year-old Sayuri, an American Pit Bull Terrier, will make her film debut this Friday in Quentin Tarantino's new movie "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" starring Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio. She is owned by Wilmington native and breeder Matt Klosowski, and plays Brad Pitt's dog Brandy.

3-year-old Sayuri, an American Pit Bull Terrier, will make her film debut this Friday in Quentin Tarantino’s new movie “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” starring Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio. She is owned by Wilmington native and breeder Matt Klosowski, and plays Brad Pitt’s dog Brandy. Jennifer Corbett/ Delaware News Journal
3-year-old Sayuri, an American Pit Bull Terrier, will make her film debut this Friday in Quentin Tarantino's new movie "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" starring Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio. She is owned by Wilmington native and breeder Matt Klosowski, and plays Brad Pitt's dog Brandy.

3-year-old Sayuri, an American Pit Bull Terrier, will make her film debut this Friday in Quentin Tarantino’s new movie “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” starring Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio. She is owned by Wilmington native and breeder Matt Klosowski, and plays Brad Pitt’s dog Brandy. Jennifer Corbett/ Delaware News Journal
3-year-old Sayuri, an American Pit Bull Terrier, will make her film debut this Friday in Quentin Tarantino's new movie "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" starring Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio. She is owned by Wilmington native and breeder Matt Klosowski, and plays Brad Pitt's dog Brandy.

3-year-old Sayuri, an American Pit Bull Terrier, will make her film debut this Friday in Quentin Tarantino’s new movie “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” starring Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio. She is owned by Wilmington native and breeder Matt Klosowski, and plays Brad Pitt’s dog Brandy. Jennifer Corbett/ Delaware News Journal
3-year-old Sayuri, an American Pit Bull Terrier, will make her film debut this Friday in Quentin Tarantino's new movie "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" starring Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio. She is owned by Wilmington native and breeder Matt Klosowski, and plays Brad Pitt's dog Brandy.

3-year-old Sayuri, an American Pit Bull Terrier, will make her film debut this Friday in Quentin Tarantino’s new movie “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” starring Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio. She is owned by Wilmington native and breeder Matt Klosowski, and plays Brad Pitt’s dog Brandy. Jennifer Corbett/ Delaware News Journal
3-year-old Sayuri, an American Pit Bull Terrier, will make her film debut this Friday in Quentin Tarantino's new movie "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" starring Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio. She is owned by Wilmington native and breeder Matt Klosowski, and plays Brad Pitt's dog Brandy.

3-year-old Sayuri, an American Pit Bull Terrier, will make her film debut this Friday in Quentin Tarantino’s new movie “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” starring Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio. She is owned by Wilmington native and breeder Matt Klosowski, and plays Brad Pitt’s dog Brandy. Jennifer Corbett/ Delaware News Journal
3-year-old Sayuri, an American Pit Bull Terrier, will make her film debut this Friday in Quentin Tarantino's new movie "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" starring Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio. She is owned by Wilmington native and breeder Matt Klosowski, and plays Brad Pitt's dog Brandy.

3-year-old Sayuri, an American Pit Bull Terrier, will make her film debut this Friday in Quentin Tarantino’s new movie “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” starring Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio. She is owned by Wilmington native and breeder Matt Klosowski, and plays Brad Pitt’s dog Brandy. Jennifer Corbett/ Delaware News Journal
3-year-old Sayuri, an American Pit Bull Terrier, will make her film debut this Friday in Quentin Tarantino's new movie "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" starring Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio. She is owned by Wilmington native and breeder Matt Klosowski, and plays Brad Pitt's dog Brandy.

3-year-old Sayuri, an American Pit Bull Terrier, will make her film debut this Friday in Quentin Tarantino’s new movie “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” starring Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio. She is owned by Wilmington native and breeder Matt Klosowski, and plays Brad Pitt’s dog Brandy. Jennifer Corbett/ Delaware News Journal

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Brad Pitt in Elon Musk-Like Move Backs Nuclear Fusion Startup

In real life, however, Brad Pitt seems to be playing Elon Musk’s stunt double. Musk, whose company Tesla is behind solar roof tiles, has made …

By CCN Markets: Hollywood movie star Brad Pitt has reportedly invested in a “cold fusion” startup dubbed Industrial Heat, The Financial Times reports. Joining him for the capital venture into futuristic clean energy are Laurene Powell Jobs and English fund manager Neil Woodford.

Incidentally, Pitt plays a Hollywood stunt double in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming film, “Once Upon A Time in Hollywood.” It hits theaters on July 26.

In real life, however, Brad Pitt seems to be playing Elon Musk’s stunt double. Musk, whose company Tesla is behind solar roof tiles, has made sustainable energy a key focus of his career. Musk has also explored nuclear energy for Mars:

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The report says North Carolina-based Industrial Heat has raised a $100 million so far. It hopes to turn science fiction into science profits. Funding from investors like the A-list movie celebrity, the widow of the late Apple founder Steve Jobs, and Britain’s most notorious asset manager has warmed Industrial Heat’s value up to a sizzling $918 million.

The actor, whose films include “Interview with the Vampire,” “Fight Club,” and “Troy,” has owned a piece of Industrial Heat’s cold fusion research through his Briarcliff Trust for several years.

Laurene Powell Jobs’ Emerson Collective has $10 million invested in the cold fusion company.

Through Industrial Heat LLC, Woodford Investment Management has £54 million (USD $68 million) in the cold fusion game. Its ownership stake is nearly a quarter of the cold fusion company. Woodford’s audacious investment in a very unproven technology has returned more than 300% profits to his portfolio.

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Woodford has a penchant for risky ventures into quixotic private placements. Some major missteps in the management of its funds have recently landed the company in hot water. It’s facing a near term liquidity crunch. So the aggressive position in Industrial Heat’s growing balance sheet is some much-needed relief.

Neil Woodford recently had to write an apology note to investors for the company’s woes. He also defended his portfolio as undervalued:

“Every asset in the portfolio has a fundamental value that significantly exceeds its share price in my judgment, the gap between value and price is as wide as I have ever seen in more than 30 years of public equity market investing.”

Cold Fusion Research

Nuclear fission releases enormous amounts of energy by splitting atoms and has given humanity its deadliest bombs as well as one of its most promising sources of renewable energy. But it emits radioactive byproducts that are unsafe for living creatures and costly to contain indefinitely.

Fusion, on the other hand, releases energy by combining atoms the way the Sun does to create its enormous output of heat and light. But for it to work, conditions have to be similar to the Sun: very hot. The enormous amount of energy required to achieve fusion has made it a dead end so far as a viable energy source.

In 1989 researchers at the University of Utah caught the world’s attention, claiming to have achieved “cold fusion.” Scientists around the world were unable, however, to reproduce the experiment. Mainstream scientists have remained skeptical of cold fusion ever since.

Meanwhile, similar to Elon Musk, Brad Pitt apparently is not afraid to take risks on a technology that hasn’t been entirely proven yet.

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