Thursday, August 04, 2011

Don't Try This At Home

I some time wonder how silly (dumb?) people can get.

A man in Sweden was arrested after he contacted authority to see if his "atom splitter" is safe to run.

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.

Only later did he realize it might not be legal and sent a question to Sweden's Radiation Authority, which answered by sending the police.
This is where a little knowledge can be dangerous, or even harmful, physically. It is what happens when crackpots crossed the line between doing things in their heads and actually doing something.



Andrej said...

Actually, as life goes, an explosion wouldn't be remembered too long; however, successful scalability and cost-efficiency of his novel fission design would change the world profoundly :-)

ZapperZ said...

There's nothing "novel" about what he was trying.

Uncontrollable fusion/fission reaction is not that difficult in comparison to controlled ones. It is the LATTER than people are putting in a lot of effort and money into.