07 Aug '11, 3am

Swedish man arrested after attempting to set up nuclear reactor in his kitchen for atom-splitting experiments

Swedish man arrested after attempting to set up nuclear reactor in his kitchen for atom-splitting experiments

Richard Handl's blog post on his attempt to set up a nuclear reactor at home and test if he can split atoms in his kitchen. -- PHOTO: REUTERS A SWEDISH man was arrested after attempting to set up a nuclear reactor at home and test if he can split atoms in his kitchen, according to the Telegraph. Richard Handl, 31, had tried for months to conduct such experiments at home, allegedly as a hobby, keeping records of them on a blog. When he realised his experiments might not be legal, he sent a question to Sweden's Radiation Authority, which sent the police immediately. Handl reported to the police that he possesses the radioactive elements radium, americium and uranium in his apartment in southern Sweden. Although the police did not detect dangerous levels of radiation at his home, he was arrested on charges of unauthorised possession of nuclear material. 'I have always been in...

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