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SoundBarrier
4th Aug 2011, 00:57
Man caught trying to split atoms at home | Stuff.co.nz (http://www.stuff.co.nz/oddstuff/5386534/Man-caught-trying-to-split-atoms-at-home)

The 31-year-old Handl said he had tried for months to set up a nuclear reactor at home and kept a blog about his experiments, describing how he created a small meltdown on his stove.

Pictures of a wirey haired man with a chisel, anvil, hammer and an atom come to mind! :E

If he did manage to make a nuclear reactor at home - imagine him feeding the main electrickery infrastructure near his home - the eletrickery company would be amazed..."where all this power come from?" - They'd prolly charge him too.

11Fan
4th Aug 2011, 01:35
kept a blog about his experiments,

Fission for complements no doubt.


:hmm:

Buster Hyman
4th Aug 2011, 01:44
Fission for complements no doubt.
I'm sure they would've been glowing in their praise....

:hmm::hmm:

Jane-DoH
4th Aug 2011, 01:53
Years back, there was this kid, David Hahn. If I recall, he was known as the Radioactive Boyscout.

Noah Zark.
4th Aug 2011, 01:54
He didn't quite manage to split the atom, but he once dropped one on the kitchen floor and it cracked!

Jane-DoH
4th Aug 2011, 02:45
David Hahn (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Hahn)

Ascend Charlie
4th Aug 2011, 03:23
Reminds me of the Oz movie about Young Einstein, who was trying to split the Beer Atom.

he was successful, and ever since then, beer has been fizzy.

birrddog
4th Aug 2011, 04:58
AC, as they say, fools never differ... I immediately thought of the same scene :p

Slasher
4th Aug 2011, 05:22
I can't split an atom, but the missus is an expert at splitting hairs.... :rolleyes:

Hate to agree with it, but yeh he had to be arrested and his
experiments flushed......keeping a public blog about nuclear
fission could attract islamic terrorists, esp in Sweden where
they're still all cranky about those cartoons of Moe.

Windy Militant
4th Aug 2011, 10:19
Pah! any numpty can split an atom, but can they put the buggers back together again afterwards?
Nope, same as the alarm clock, the washing machine, next doors cat...:ooh:
At least he wasn't building a Black hole in his Shed! :}

rmcb
4th Aug 2011, 10:42
At least he wasn't building a Black hole in his Shed!

maybe he is and used the atom story to fool the authorities in to thinking that was it... there is a precedent - see Calcutta.

Checkboard
4th Aug 2011, 11:02
Pah! any numpty can split an atom, but can they put the buggers back together again afterwards?

There is a whole community of people around the world sticking atoms together, rather than breaking them apart:

fusor (http://www.fusor.net/)

The group generally use a particle colliding, inertial electrostatic confinement, "Hirsch-Meeks" variation of the "Farnsworth fusor" device, which uses a charged grid and high voltage to create actual d-d fusion from parts costing a few thousand US dollars. To date, the fusion is neither self-sustaining nor efficient (it takes more energy to do than it produces.)

To date, the group lists 48 people or groups who have operated a neutron producing fusor or fusion system (normally deuterium-deuterium fusion).

http://www.fusor.net/images/starmode.jpg
A Fusor in "Star Mode", showing a glowing ball of plasma within the center of the inner grid with what appears to be multiple radiating, fine pencil like rays streaming through virtually every opening in the inner grid. This production of a visible plasma is the final step before proceeding to actual neutron-producing fusion.

http://www.newscientist.com/blog/technology/uploaded_images/fusor-739499.jpg

One person's garage effort :ok: New Scientist Technology Blog: Fusion at home - New Scientist (http://www.newscientist.com/blog/technology/2006/11/fusion-at-home.html)

unstable load
4th Aug 2011, 11:06
The 31-year-old Handl

Sounds like a bit of a crank to me.................:hmm:

Dop
4th Aug 2011, 11:21
It was just the prototype of the new REAKTR from IKEA.

Storminnorm
4th Aug 2011, 11:43
I did mention that my mate built an Anti-Gravity machine
in his garage.
All they ever found of him was a hole in the garage roof.
We presume it worked.

PanPanYourself
4th Aug 2011, 12:15
keeping a public blog about nuclear fission could attract islamic terrorists
Yeah, that would suck. Let's hope he only attracts the Christian ones.

Wait, haven't the Christian terrorists killed more people in Scandinavia than the Islamic ones?

Noah Zark.
4th Aug 2011, 13:21
Wait, haven't the Christian terrorists killed more people in Scandinavia than the Islamic ones?


It is possible. But increasingly, it seems as though he is just a f:mad:g nutter!

Lon More
4th Aug 2011, 14:45
It's not rocket science.

Um... lifting...
4th Aug 2011, 16:31
Splitting atoms... what good is it? Fella should be building on young Einstein's work... jet powered beer cooler sez I.

Jet-powered beer cooler | Bolide (http://www.bolide.co.uk/2011/01/jet-powered-beer-cooler/)

rh200
5th Aug 2011, 00:39
Wait, haven't the Christian terrorists killed more people in Scandinavia than the Islamic ones?

H'mm, you need to keep up, I think they have generally dropped any Christian type link to him, and generally refer to him as a right wing extremist. There is a difference, even though the Islamic ones are sprouting their so called in the name of crap, apparently he has not made any statements to that effect.

ehwatezedoing
5th Aug 2011, 05:22
At least he wasn't building a Black hole in his Shed!
maybe he is and used the atom story to fool the authorities in to thinking that was it... there is a precedent - see Calcutta.
I thought that was Wall Street...Well it's one of my uncle working at the CERN on the large hadron colider who told me so.
"I don't understand all the fuse about us possibly creating a Black hole, they just have to go to Wall Street!"

That was three years ago and he is still right.
Wall Street and global markets tumble on debt fears:{

PanPanYourself
5th Aug 2011, 10:44
H'mm, you need to keep up, I think they have generally dropped any Christian type link to him, and generally refer to him as a right wing extremist. There is a difference, even though the Islamic ones are sprouting their so called in the name of crap, apparently he has not made any statements to that effect.
Uh, actually you need to keep up.

He wrote a 1500 page manifesto detailing a very elaborate plan to purge all non-Christians from Western countries. He wants the Crusades all over again.

He is just as Christian as the 9/11 hijackers are Muslim. I am sure you have no problem calling them Muslim terrorists.

Read this to get some perspective (http://thetandd.com/lifestyles/faith-and-values/article_2a1d1950-bf21-11e0-8594-001cc4c03286.html)

Cacophonix
5th Aug 2011, 10:59
Didn't this silly Swede realise that this was done in a room in Cambridge by a New Zealander some years ago?

Cambridge Physics - Splitting the Atom (http://www-outreach.phy.cam.ac.uk/camphy/physicists/rutherford_prelim.htm)

Caco

OFSO
5th Aug 2011, 11:33
I don't see why this announcement should be greeted with incredulity. I know an electronics engineer / hobbyist / amateur physicist who acquired some surplus equipment from a hospital and more from a university and constructed in his cellar (in Heidelberg Germany) a......which is still...and providing hot water to.....

uh uh. helicopters overhead....

ShyTorque
5th Aug 2011, 16:30
At least he wasn't building a Black hole in his Shed!

I was once shown a black hole in a shed. Very worrying at the time but looking back I was very young and she was quite ugly.

SASless
5th Aug 2011, 18:29
I am trying to imagine what the Hammer and Wedge he used looks like? It has got to really tricky getting the wedge set just right and then striking the wedge fairly with the hammer as one would not want any thing to splinter off.

Um... lifting...
5th Aug 2011, 18:37
Probably got a honing strop made of the finest frog hide.

Lonewolf_50
5th Aug 2011, 18:58
He should not have been arrested.

He should be commended.

He was, for example, doing this nutty thing and not downloading kiddie porn. :p

tony draper
5th Aug 2011, 19:48
That American kid who built a pile in his shed sourced a lot of his exotic materials from common household item such as smoke detectors,I worked with some VHF amps once that contained Beryllium transistors,serious warnings accompanied this kit, we had to practically call the bomb squad if any of this gear went titsup.
:uhoh:

Loose rivets
5th Aug 2011, 23:21
There were two places in Essex that were heaven to shed owners. One was Simmonds of Great Bentley - Great Bentley has the largest viallge green in the UK - and there was . . . erm, a similar place in Coggeshall near Braintree.

The latter was an Aladdin's cave. Just about anything could be found in their sheds. 35 years later I still have a massive drill and a packet of ex WD pencils. You have not owned a pencil until you've owned a c 1950 real wood one.

One day, one of the owners took us into the patch outside the hanger sized shed. He got a looooong pole, and hooked a yellow container with it. On its lid there was a radioactivity symbol stenciled in black. I half closed my eyes to protect them from the rays as he hauled it in.

I wanted it. I had no idea what I'd do with it, but like most of the stuff in his sheds, I wanted it. Glad to say, it wasn't for sale.

Not a lot of point in this story, by it does go to show kids of today just don't have the opportunities we had. Just think: The contents of that heavy vessel, and modern knowledge. Just what could we have achieved in our bedroom labs?

Oh, smashing link BTW. Read every word. Strange OZ could produce such an outstanding mind. :p

B Fraser
6th Aug 2011, 08:11
It's actually quite easy to split atoms in your shed. Splitting an atom means taking a large atom and then dividing it into two smaller ones. This is normally done by firing a subatomic particle at the speed of heat towards a large atom which is given sufficient energy to become unstable .... and it splits. If in the process, the large atom can also emit some high speed particles which carry on the process then bingo, instant sunshine !

Now, back to the shed. If you use electrons instead of neutrons, the national grid can supply a steady stream. Neutrons are better, if a bit tricky to handle and they don't sell them on E-Bay. Take one old portable telly (Black and White will do just fine), a chest freezer, some duct tape and a piece of metal with heavy atoms. Gold has lots of large shiny nuclei although choose something "herself" doesn't wear very often.

Tape the gold to the screen of the telly and turn it on. Adjust the brightness all the way up to 11 and then place it in the freezer. Turn the freezer up past "nippy" and all the way to a temperature where your ex girlfriend's knickers were positively tropical in comparison. Leave your experiment running for a couple of months and the gold atoms will split.

The small problem is that your wife's jewellery will be turned into lead however when she finds out, the bleeding will eventually stop and you will have a great story to tell your mates down at the pub. :ouch:

tony draper
6th Aug 2011, 08:47
Better still if that works why make lead? make some gold,though you have to start off with your lasses platinum jewelry so it could be a false economy.:rolleyes:

B Fraser
6th Aug 2011, 08:55
"Broon The Loon" ought to be awarded the Nobel prize for physics, he turned gold into shite.

tony draper
6th Aug 2011, 09:29
Anyway to make Lead I think you have to start off with Uranium,it is dead easy,you take a lump of Uranium plonk it on the table pull up a chair then just sit and watch it for billion years or so,depending on how large the lump is of course.
:rolleyes: