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Best Leave Some Things to the Professionals…

A man in Sweden with a penchant for science and chemistry was arrested for attempting to split atoms in his basement.

Einstein would be so proud.

Apparently Richard Handl even kept a blog about his efforts to build a nuclear reactor in his home. Unfortunately, it is illegal for civilians to own this kind of radioactive material, which included uranium, americium and radium.

With good reason. This stuff can be quite a health hazard, which makes me wonder how he got the stuff in the first place…

In any case, Mr. Handl eventually thought it might be a good idea to ask the Sweden’s Radiation Authority if it was alright if he went ahead and kept some fissionable around his place and, y’know, fission it. (Yes, I used “fission” as a verb. Deal with it.)

Although it is a bit amusing, Mr. Handl faces up to 2 years in jail for his experiment.

Said Handl,

From now on, I will stick to the theory

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  1. Lee
    August 3, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    And you used fissionable as a noun. I think that is also illegal in Sweden.

  2. Malbekai
    August 4, 2011 at 2:01 am

    Either security is very lax in sweden or fissionable material is common there. Either way I will be staying away from sweeten from now on

  3. Justin Taylor
    August 5, 2011 at 12:28 am

    Surely it is in the best traditions of nuclear pioneers. Mme Curie did not survive the experience.

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