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    Splitting Atoms at home!

    Swedish man caught trying to split atoms at home
    News from The Associated Press

    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.

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    ....no the stupidity counter....that would have to be a ten....
    What did the "fuck" think was going to happen...
    if he actually succeded....


    oh!....well...new vistas opening...perhaps he can split an atom in the prision yard............

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    A man was arrested in Dublin for trying the same thing.

    The police confiscated his hammer and chisel.

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    Guess I better sell my "Mr. Fusion Home Energy Center".

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    Quote Originally Posted by withnallstoke View Post
    A man was arrested in Dublin for trying the same thing.

    The police confiscated his hammer and chisel.
    Ba-dump, ding!

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    Um a kiwi beat him to it ..over 100 years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baby maker View Post
    ....no the stupidity counter....that would have to be a ten....
    What did the "fuck" think was going to happen...
    if he actually succeded....

    The mind boggles....

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    Reminds me of the time, probably fifteen years ago, when a man took his son fishing out over the Essex marshes where they found an old WWII sea mine. Naturally they loaded it into the pickup and took it home.

    Our bright spark then took a drill to it.

    Blew their garage apart. The man died of his injuries.

    He would have loved the chance to split a few atoms at home.
    I see fish. They are everywhere. They don't know they are fish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir Wilson View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by baby maker View Post
    ....no the stupidity counter....that would have to be a ten....
    What did the "fuck" think was going to happen...
    if he actually succeded....

    The mind boggles....
    It might Wilson, unfortunately it shouldn't, several guys are presently into dabbling in homemade fusion, thankfully most live in the US, try to check this website for the nuclear-power hobby guys out -

    fusor


    More here -
    Homemade Nuclear Reactor Built in NYC

    Don't look now, but your neighbor might be building a fusion reactor, and it's perfectly legal. Check out this story by Matthew Danzico writing for the BBC. It's got to be one of the craziest and coolest pieces I've read in a while.

    Link: http://news.discovery.com/tech/homem...lt-in-nyc.html
    Last edited by larvidchr; 04-08-2011 at 11:48 AM.

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