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Swede Arrested For Atom Smashing at Home

  1. Aug 3, 2011 #1


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    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/EU_SWEDEN_NUCLEAR?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2011-08-03-11-33-45 [Broken]

    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.
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  3. Aug 3, 2011 #2
    At least he had the flash to wonder if it might be illegal (i would have first wondered if what I was doing was safe, though).
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    The Register has an article including a photo of his 'reactor'.


    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/08/02/diy_swedish_nuclear_reactor/" [Broken]

    The photo of the 'reactor'
    source: Helsingborgs Dagblad
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    He tried for the Nobel Prize but got the Darwin Award!
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  7. Aug 3, 2011 #6
    How many more undiscovered ones are out there?
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    One would like to hope that solitary mad scientists would be few. But in this age of individualism, democracy, free-enterprise and free information from the internet, one must probably expect more.

    PS: Congratulations on your 1000th post, skeptic2!

    Respectfully submitted,
  9. Aug 3, 2011 #8
    Thanks, I hadn't even noticed!
  10. Aug 4, 2011 #9
    Anyone know the link to this guy's blog? It would be interesting to see what type of experiments he was trying to do.
  11. Aug 5, 2011 #10
    http://http://richardsreactor.blogspot.com/ [Broken]
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  12. Aug 5, 2011 #11
    Radium to emit alphas, beryllium hit by alphas to produce neutrons, americium absorbing neutrons to split.

    So: nothing resembling a chain reaction. It's provoked fission, as physicists did nearly a century ago.

    Mixing all metals in hot sulphuric acid may have produced a hydrogen explosion, but they were more probably ceramics, and not even the glass is broken. More of a concern, the incident can have dispersed radioactive material - chips, not fumes. It must be similar to a fire in a store selling smoke detectors.

    To my eyes, a game hazardous within a very limited range, with consequences essentially for the experimenter, less dangerous than many chemistry experiments - and made without the necessary precautions, I'd say. The hype comes only from the words "nuclear" and "fission", which impacted police, media and the public.
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