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Leslie Dewan, CEO of Transatomic Power, in Cambridge, Mass. “The world needs a source of stable, cheap electricity,” she said. “But it’s tricky getting $300 million from investors. Maybe we need to build an iPhone app.”
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Leslie Dewan, CEO of Transatomic Power, in Cambridge, Mass. “The world needs a source of stable, cheap electricity,” she said. “But it’s tricky getting $300 million from investors. Maybe we need to build an iPhone app.”

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