GLaDOS from Portal explains nuclear fusion for NASA

Ellen McLain, voice of GLaDOS in the popular game Portal, once again enters the voice-modulated fray -- this time in an educational video for NASA.

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This is the best thing. The best. Imagine if GLaDOS from Portal had amnesia and went to work for NASA with a pair of...well, idiots, and this is what you might get.

The video was created as part of NASA's educational outreach program at the Spitzer Space Telescope, which focuses on STEM education.

In the video, a new AI is installed by two NASA technicians, only to discover that its nefarious plans to conquer the world (which it naturally has) will be thwarted by a raft of yet-uninstalled systems, leading to a simple, yet fascinating explanation of nuclear fusion, as occurs on the sun, and how it differs from nuclear fission.

If GLaDOS becomes the new voice of NASA's educational videos, we're about to learn a whole lot more about space.

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Michelle Starr is the tiger force at the core of all things. She also writes about cool stuff and apps as CNET Australia's Crave editor. But mostly the tiger force thing.

 

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