DIY atom splitting

Richard Handl, a Swedish man who tried to set up a nuclear reactor in his kitchen at home, has admitted his plan was “crazy” and said that he had jsut been curious and wanted to see if he would be able to split an atom.

The police intervened after he got in touch with Sweden’s radiation authority to check if what he was doing was legal. Mr Handl, aged 31 and unemployed, apparently bought the radioactive materials on the internet and from Germany and had been working on the experiment for around six months, posting regular updates on his blog. After being questioned, police confiscated his nuclear materials as well as his computer.

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