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Swedish man caught trying to split atoms at home

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  1. newmisty

    newmisty Duppy Conqueror Midas Member

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    Swedish man caught trying to split atoms at home

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — A Swedish man who was arrested after trying to split atoms in his kitchen said Wednesday he was only doing it as a hobby.

    Richard Handl told The Associated Press that he had the radioactive elements radium, americium and uranium in his apartment in southern Sweden when police showed up and arrested him on charges of unauthorized possession of nuclear material.

    The 31-year-old Handl said he had tried for months to set up a nuclear reactor at home and kept a blog about his experiments, describing how he created a small meltdown on his stove.

    Only later did he realize it might not be legal and sent a question to Sweden's Radiation Authority, which answered by sending the police.

    "I have always been interested in physics and chemistry," Handl said, adding he just wanted to "see if it's possible to split atoms at home."

    The police raid took place in late July, but police have refused to comment. If convicted, Handl could face fines or up to two years in prison.

    Although he says police didn't detect dangerous levels of radiation in his apartment, he now acknowledges the project wasn't such a good idea.

    "From now on, I will stick to the theory," he said.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/new...ter-trying-to-split-atoms-in-his-kitchen.html
     
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  2. honu5050

    honu5050 Mother Lode Found Mother Lode

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    isotoners not isotopes !
     
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    Ragnarok I'd rather be Midas Member

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    Yes, Virginia -er, Richard, you can split atoms at home, but you don't have to try to make a radionuclide split, it will do that all by itself.
    Make or buy a small cloud chamber if you want to see the action

    His "meltdown" on the stove could be explained by the flammability of those elements when heated. If it made any gas/smoke it means his kitchen is now contaminated.

    If he had enough fissionable material to actually reach nuclear criticality, he'd probably be dead or will be dead soon if he had no shielding.

    R.
     
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    Juristic Person They drew first blood Midas Member

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    Another "he could have" crime...
     
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    a boy scout made a reactor at home with scrapings from liminious watch hands. if i'm not mistaken i saw it in here or msm. they BSA got a badge for projects like that . however i dont think they expect you to create actual working models.
     
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    Hey y'all, watch this!
     
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    DANGGGGGGG

    Melt Down in the kITCHEN

    Thats some hands on inventor stuff----HAHAHAHAHAHA

    Love that

    E-A
     
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    It was that, or cold fusion.
     
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    The old chemistry set will never again quite measure up. All I did was melt a hole in the hardwood floor.

    He had a real meltdown.

    I am jealous.
     
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    anyone remember the t.v. series the JETSONS ?
     

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