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Swedish man caught trying to split atoms at home
San Francisco Chronicle ^ | August 3, 2011 | AP

Posted on 08/03/2011 10:11:19 AM PDT by KingofZion

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: atom; bomb; radiation; terrorist
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To: KingofZion
I guess his cleaver wasn't sharp enough to split them properly.


21 posted on 08/03/2011 10:34:58 AM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: KingofZion

Hold muh quantum cat and watch this.


22 posted on 08/03/2011 10:36:57 AM PDT by Lazamataz (America. Great idea. Couldn't last.)
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To: KingofZion

I suggest he try fusion instead of fission.


23 posted on 08/03/2011 10:38:43 AM PDT by Hacklehead (Had enough?)
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To: KingofZion
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.

A couple of basic rules violated here:

Never ask a question if you might not want to hear the answer.
It's easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission.

24 posted on 08/03/2011 10:39:53 AM PDT by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: KingofZion

25 posted on 08/03/2011 10:41:04 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: dfwgator

Things he forgot: http://behrns.files.wordpress.com/2008/03/ikea-tool.jpg?w=420


26 posted on 08/03/2011 10:42:03 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: KingofZion
"....sent a question to Sweden's Radiation Authority, which answered by sending the police. "

Another example of how the gov't is not there to help you.

27 posted on 08/03/2011 10:44:49 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: KingofZion

Split Peas, Not Atoms!


28 posted on 08/03/2011 10:48:08 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: KingofZion

well at least it kept him out of the tavern...


29 posted on 08/03/2011 10:51:46 AM PDT by bigbob
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To: KingofZion

Was that WRONG?

Should he have not tried to split atoms in his kitchen?

30 posted on 08/03/2011 10:57:55 AM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: Hacklehead

Good luck coming up with the pressure for that.


31 posted on 08/03/2011 11:00:03 AM PDT by Wintson Wolfe (I solve problems)
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To: KingofZion

He should have read about the “radioactive boy scout”, who built a thorium breeder reactor in an Michigan back yard shed while trying to earn a boy scout badge in nuclear energy. Neighbors didn’t realize what was happening until NEST teams in moon suits started walking through their back yards waving radiation detectors. The AEC dug up most of the back yard of the kid’s parents and shipped it to a nuclear waste disposal site in Utah.

Here are links to the magazine article:

http://harpers.org/archive/1998/11/0059750

and the book:

http://www.amazon.com/Radioactive-Boy-Scout-Backyard-Nuclear/dp/037550351X


33 posted on 08/03/2011 11:05:02 AM PDT by Thud
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To: KingofZion

The question now is “can he do fission in his prison cell?”


34 posted on 08/03/2011 11:33:20 AM PDT by Tallguy (You can safely ignore anything that precedes the word "But"...)
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To: KingofZion
Swedish man caught trying to split atoms at home

How sharp are your steak knives?
35 posted on 08/03/2011 11:40:57 AM PDT by Ellendra (God feeds the birds of the air, but he doesn't throw it in their nests.)
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To: KingofZion
A Swedish man who was arrested after trying to split atoms in his kitchen

Just WTH is that supposed to mean? The elements listed split (i.e. decay) all by themselves just fine. There is nothing you can do to prevent that from happening. To wit, an exercise in futility. (Of course this presumes that there is no way this guy had enough material to start a critical-mass chain reaction. A safe bet, I'd say.)

36 posted on 08/03/2011 12:32:10 PM PDT by Moltke (Always retaliate first.)
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To: Tallguy

His cell mate will bend him over and split his atom for him. I bet that makes him go off like an atomic bomb.


37 posted on 08/03/2011 12:35:05 PM PDT by RickB444 (Worry about and distrust anyone who fears a lawful person owning a gun.)
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To: KingofZion
There is americium in virtually every home in the US. In many parts of the country there is even some uranium. Radium on the other hand can be found in old “glow in the dark” watches and other things from the 50’s and 60’s. I remember a story a while back where some guy had gathered several thousand smoke detectors and was trying to make a bomb.
38 posted on 08/03/2011 12:38:41 PM PDT by mad_as_he$$
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To: KingofZion
Bah. You can't fool me.

Monty Python wrote this.

39 posted on 08/03/2011 1:30:15 PM PDT by doberville
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To: Lazamataz
Hold muh quantum cat and watch this.

Is its name Schrödinger?
40 posted on 08/03/2011 1:42:22 PM PDT by Renderofveils (My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music. - Nabokov)
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