The noble art of the obsessive hobby | Tim Dowling

Trying to split an atom in your kitchen is rather extreme, but great things may come from strange and private passions"When a man gives himself up to the government of a ruling passion," wrote Laurence Sterne in Tristram Shandy, "- or in other words, when his Hobby-Horse grows headstrong - farewell cool reason and fair discretion!"These cautionary words on the dangers of hobbies were reaffirmed last week, when a Swedish man was arrested for indulging in his rather singular pastime - he was trying to start a nuclear reaction in his kitchen. Richard Handl said he just wanted "to see if it was possible to split atoms at home".To that end he had gathered up small stores of radioactive material (some of it recovered from old clock hands and smoke detectors); his regularly updated blog contains a photograph of the "meltdown" he created on his hob when, as he puts it, "I tried to cook Americium, Radium and Beryllium in 96% sulphuric-acid, to easier get them blended. But the whole thing exploded up in the air." In a

The noble art of the obsessive hobby | Tim Dowling

Trying to split an atom in your kitchen is rather extreme, but great things may come from strange and private passions"When a man gives himself up to the government of a ruling passion," wrote ...

Wed 10 Aug 11 from Guardian.co.uk

Swede tried to build nuclear reactor in his kitchen

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - A Swedish man was arrested after he tried to build a nuclear reactor in his kitchen and documented his efforts on the Internet, authorities and the man said Thursday.

Thu 4 Aug 11 from Reuters

Atomic experiments may land Swede in jail

Richard Handl had kept a blog about his attempts to split atoms in his kitchen, including a small nuclear meltdown on his stove. When he thought to check with authorities, they sent the police.— ...

Thu 4 Aug 11 from L.A. Times

Can You Split Atoms of Uranium at Home in Your Kitchen? One Swedish Man Investigates

This is What Highly Enriched Uranium Looks Like You DO NOT want to keep this in your kitchen cupboard. via WikimediaYes, it turns out, but it's frowned upon Here at PopSci we like to nurture ...

Wed 3 Aug 11 from Popular Science

Atom splitting in my kitchen was a hobby, man tells Swedish police

Richard Handl claims he had radium, americium and uranium in his flat because he wanted to see if experiment was possibleA Swedish man arrested on charges of unauthorised possession of nuclear ...

Wed 3 Aug 11 from Guardian.co.uk

Swedish Man Builds Nuclear Reactor in His Kitchen

Swedish authorities have detained a man who attempted to build a nuclear reactor in his kitchen, Helsingborgs Dagblad reported Tuesday.

Tue 2 Aug 11 from FOXNews

Don’t try nuclear energy experiments at home

As WUWT readers know, I'm an advocate of do it yourself, amateur science, that what the surfacestations.org project was. This however, in our hypersensitive world, was a recipe for trouble: ...

Thu 4 Aug 11 from Watts Up With That?

Swedish Man Attempts Splitting Atoms In Kitchen As 'Hobby'

Authorities said Thursday that a Swedish man was arrested after he tried splitting atoms in his kitchen as a hobby.Richard Handl, a 31-year-old from Angelholm in southern Sweden, had materials ...

Fri 5 Aug 11 from RedOrbit

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