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MAN TRIES TO SPLIT ATOM IN KITCHEN

Friday August 5th, 2011
MAN TRIES TO SPLIT ATOM IN KITCHEN

A Swedish amateur scientist has been arrested for attempting to split atoms in his kitchen. Richard Handl, who regards nuclear physics as a ‘hobby,’ was found to have quantities of radium, americium and uranium when police raided his flat. He was arrested for possession of nuclear material.

According to the 31 year old Swede he had been trying for months to make a nuclear reactor in his flat and had set up a blog about his experiments. He even claimed to have created a small meltdown on his cooker. Mr Handl claims he was unaware that his activities were illegal and only found out after he sent a question to Sweden's Radiation Authority, who alerted the police.

Mr Handle said, 'I have always been interested in physics and chemistry... I just wanted to see if it's possible to split atoms at home... Maybe the project was not a good idea... From now on, I will stick to the theory.'

If convicted, the wannabe Ernest Rutherford could face substantial fines or up to two years in prison.
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