Swedish man tries to split atom in his kitchen

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    Swedish man arrested after trying to split atoms in his kitchen

    A Swedish man has been arrested after attempting to split atoms in his kitchen, claiming that he was only doing it as a “hobby”.
    Richard Handl said 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 unauthorised possession of nuclear material.

    Handl, 31, 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 realise 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.

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    You never know what kind of nuts you live next to...
     
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    Here is a picture of the apparatus used in the original experiment in 1939. On a college campus. In the middle of the downtown of a major metropolitan area. No offense Rdean, but some of these science dudes are serious crazy
     
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    Where is the picture?
     
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    Ambitious

    Makes my home wine making look like....

    I dunno, something awful unimportant.
     
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    I've been buying tons of mustard from the grocery store trying to make mustard gas. No luck yet.
     
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    Splitting an atom would require a very sharp knife.
     
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    Try mixing them with frijoles.
     
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    I admire his confidence.
     
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    Meltdown on his stove!!! Sounds like his mind melted down a long time ago. More likely his pan melted lol!!!
     

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