How hard can splitting atoms be? Well, for Richard Handle, his curiosity and interest in physics and chemistry made this Swedish man to conduct an experiment in his kitchen. As a hobby Richard intensely researched how to split atoms by himself, but it turned out you have to need some radioactive materials such as Radium, Americium, and uranium. How he got those materials is a wonder.
He updated his attempt on his blog step by step until he hit a dead end and asked questions to Sweden’s Radiation Authority, and the government replied with police assistance to his flat and arrested him with unauthorized possession of nuclear materials.
“I was ordered by the police to get out of the building with my hands up, then three men came, with geiger-counters and searched me,” he said. “Then I was placed in a police-car, when Radiation Safety Authory went into my apartment with very advanced measure-tools,” he added.
The 31 year old mad Swedish scientist blog is still available to read, with his step by step attempt to split atoms in his own kitchen, including his last post where he said his project is canceled.
“Wednesday, I was arrested and sent to jail, when the police and the Swedish Radiation Safety Authory searched my apartment. They took all my radioactive stuff, but I was released after a hearing. But I am still suspekt for crime against the radiation safety law”, he explained.
Richard is facing a two years prison sentence if he is found guilty with his interesting hobby.
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