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Swede held for building nuclear reactor in his kitchen
www.thelocal.se ^ | 08/02/2011 | Peter Vinthagen Simpson

Posted on 08/02/2011 1:54:56 PM PDT by WesternCulture

Swedish police have detained a 31-year-old man in Ängelholm in Western Sweden who was discovered after he sought advice from authorities on the legality of building a nuclear reactor in a domestic kitchen.

The man began his experiment some six months ago and has reportedly been open about his plans to construct a nuclear reactor in his apartment in the small Swedish coastal town, maintaining a blog of his nuclear adventure.

The man, who explained that his interest in nuclear physics was awakened as a teenager, ordered some radioactive material from overseas and acquired more by taking apart a domestic fire alarm.

Despite the man's frank and full disclosure of his experiment, his activities only came to the attention of the authorities a couple of weeks ago when he contacted the Swedish Radiation Authority(Strålsäkerhetsmyndigheten) to inquire if it was legal to construct a nuclear reactor at home.

The man was told that somebody would be sent to measure the levels of radiation in his flat.

"When they came they had the police with them. I have had a Geiger counter and have not detected a problem with radiation," the 31-year-old told the local Helsingborgs Dagblad (HD).

The man was arrested by the police and taken in for questioning. He admitted to his plans and was later released.

He told the newspaper that had he succeeded in building a nuclear reactor, generating any power would probably have proved beyond him.

"To get it to generate electricity you would need a turbine and a generator and that is very difficult to build yourself," he told HD.

The man is reported to have spent around 6,000 kronor ($950) on his project and after all his equipment was seized in the raid, he has confirmed that in the future he intends to focus on the "theoretical" aspects of nuclear physics.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: hobbies; hobby; napl; nuclear; sweden

1 posted on 08/02/2011 1:55:02 PM PDT by WesternCulture
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To: WesternCulture

“...the legality of building a nuclear reactor in a domestic kitchen.”

The legality would have been different if it had been a commercial kitchen ?


2 posted on 08/02/2011 1:57:17 PM PDT by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: WesternCulture

He threw everything at it, including the kitchen sink!


3 posted on 08/02/2011 1:57:52 PM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all......)
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To: WesternCulture

So wait... I can get a functional fusion reactor up in my kitchen for a mere $1000?

Sign me up!


4 posted on 08/02/2011 1:58:27 PM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: PLMerite

Cue the photo of Mr Fusion...


5 posted on 08/02/2011 1:58:36 PM PDT by pricilla (one should always try to be smarter than the equipment one is operating - Amajato)
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To: WesternCulture

Reminds me of the kid at MIT who designed a nuclear bomb based on materials out in the public domain for a project. His report was censored by the government and locked away, but he got an A+.


6 posted on 08/02/2011 1:58:55 PM PDT by Shadow44
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To: WesternCulture

So what was he arrested for, building something in an area that is zoned for cooking?


7 posted on 08/02/2011 1:59:49 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: WesternCulture
"...he has confirmed that in the future he intends to focus on the "theoretical" aspects of nuclear physics."

No, officer what you have seen in my kitchen is just all "theory" .... Hee Heee Heeee!

8 posted on 08/02/2011 2:00:00 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: WesternCulture; Kevmo

E-Cat?.............


9 posted on 08/02/2011 2:00:40 PM PDT by Red Badger ("Treason doth never prosper.... What's the reason? Why if it prosper, none dare call it treason.")
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To: Red_Devil 232

I didn’t know Sweden had rednecks.........................


10 posted on 08/02/2011 2:01:15 PM PDT by Red Badger ("Treason doth never prosper.... What's the reason? Why if it prosper, none dare call it treason.")
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To: SERKIT

“Swede held for building nuclear reactor in his kitchen”

Nah, that smell is just my wife’s meatloaf!


11 posted on 08/02/2011 2:01:39 PM PDT by Batman11 (Obama's poll numbers are so low the Kenyans are claiming he was born in the USA!)
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To: WesternCulture

http://richardsreactor.blogspot.com/


12 posted on 08/02/2011 2:02:08 PM PDT by mrsmith
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To: WesternCulture

Wasn’t this a Barney Miller episode 30 years ago?


13 posted on 08/02/2011 2:02:34 PM PDT by occamrzr06
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To: WesternCulture

This is a bit irritating because it looks like the guy tried to do everything above-board and legally. Why then was he arrested?


14 posted on 08/02/2011 2:02:35 PM PDT by Ronin (Obamanation has replaced Bizarroworld as the most twisted place in the universe.)
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To: WesternCulture
Safer than some of the biological experiments in my kitchen. Some tomatoes I found in a bag on top of my refrigerator demanded voting and welfare rights.

"To get it to generate electricity you would need a turbine and a generator and that is very difficult to build yourself," he told HD.

Could just get a thermoelectric generator and hook it to the hot reactor.

15 posted on 08/02/2011 2:03:19 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (The Repubs and Dems are arguing whether to pour 9 or 10 buckets of gasoline on a burning house.)
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To: WesternCulture

When a Microwave just isn’t fast enough!! LOL..... Dang it I need my Hungry Man dinner now!


16 posted on 08/02/2011 2:05:57 PM PDT by jakerobins
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To: SERKIT

17 posted on 08/02/2011 2:06:36 PM PDT by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: pricilla

Now with USB and Thunderbolt ports!

18 posted on 08/02/2011 2:09:36 PM PDT by Covenantor ("Men are ruled...by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern." Chesterton)
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To: WesternCulture

This guy cooked Beryllium on in a pot on his stove and the mixture blew up n his face?

This guy is going to die from throat/nasal/esophagus cancer.


19 posted on 08/02/2011 2:09:37 PM PDT by JerseyHighlander
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To: rarestia

“So wait... I can get a functional fusion reactor up in my kitchen for a mere $1000?”

I’m sure, or just go to flea markets. Hell, I know I have all the components for one down in the garage somewhere, but my wife keeps cleaning up down there and puts everything in the wrong boxes. One of these days she’s going to throw a fuel rod in a box where it doesn’t belong and BAM, we’ll all be history.


20 posted on 08/02/2011 2:10:04 PM PDT by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: WesternCulture

http://www.dangerouslaboratories.org/radscout.html


21 posted on 08/02/2011 2:12:19 PM PDT by omega4412
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To: KarlInOhio

Flux capacitor. , really someone should explain to him that a battery does not need a generator to produce electricity.


22 posted on 08/02/2011 2:12:36 PM PDT by org.whodat (What does the Republican party stand for////??? absolutely nothing.)
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To: WesternCulture

Is it against the law to build a nuclear reactor in your kitchen? I suppose you may need a permit or something.


23 posted on 08/02/2011 2:12:41 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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To: USMCPOP

I said I need a tie-rod end, not a rod of uranium!


24 posted on 08/02/2011 2:13:00 PM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: WesternCulture

Some guys have all the cool toys.


25 posted on 08/02/2011 2:14:13 PM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: WesternCulture

“To get it to generate electricity you would need a turbine and a generator and that is very difficult to build yourself,”

After you’ve got the reactor, I’d think this would be the easy part...


26 posted on 08/02/2011 2:17:56 PM PDT by El Sordo (The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.)
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To: WesternCulture

The last place I worked (as a consultant) had a battery rack that added up to a potential disaster - lethal, that is.

Put enough auto batteries together, a ton or so, and you’re flirting with death.

Nobody listened ...


27 posted on 08/02/2011 2:20:05 PM PDT by OldNavyVet (One trillion days, at 365 days per year, is 2,739,726,027 years ... almost 3 billion years)
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To: USMCPOP

That happens in my neighborhood a lot. Damn women!


28 posted on 08/02/2011 2:21:48 PM PDT by meatloaf
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To: WesternCulture
I built a super-collider in my laundry room once.

They made me dismantle it.

29 posted on 08/02/2011 2:22:06 PM PDT by Allegra (Hey! Stop looking at my tagline like that.)
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To: WesternCulture; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; martin_fierro; ..
He should have put on a turban, shouted "Allahu Akbar," and told the cops he was building a bomb. The police wouldn't dare insult his culture.

[Thanks to Fiddlstix for the heads-up!]


30 posted on 08/02/2011 2:25:47 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Would you like Satan fries with that?)
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To: rarestia
Fission not fusion, and even that is doubtful given the minuscule quantities of radioactive materials he had acquired.

Regards,
GtG

31 posted on 08/02/2011 2:27:34 PM PDT by Gandalf_The_Gray (I live in my own little world, I like it 'cuz they know me here.)
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To: Batman11
Swede & Gunny Highway
32 posted on 08/02/2011 2:28:38 PM PDT by onedoug (If)
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To: WesternCulture

at least he built a nuclear reactor and not a pirate radio station...now that REALLY would have gotten him in trouble!


33 posted on 08/02/2011 2:29:57 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Allegra

Damn condo boards.


34 posted on 08/02/2011 2:30:04 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Would you like Satan fries with that?)
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35 posted on 08/02/2011 2:32:59 PM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis (Want to make $$$? It's easy! Use FR as a platform to pimp your blog for hits!!!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Been there, done that. Easier to hide in the cellar.

They don’t want to have to buy your leftover power so they go batto.


36 posted on 08/02/2011 2:33:29 PM PDT by Lady Jag (Keep the 'ICk" in Democratic)
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To: occamrzr06
Wasn’t this a Barney Miller episode 30 years ago?

Yup. Looks like it's on Hulu: http://www.tvrage.com/shows/id-2716/episodes/17819">

37 posted on 08/02/2011 2:33:41 PM PDT by Heatseeker (Elizabeth Cheney for President)
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To: JerseyHighlander
Beryllium/oxide is commonly used a an insulator for VHF/UHF Ceramic Transmitting tubes. They are perfectly safe as long as you don't crush the ceramic in the tube. The dust if inhaled is a carcinogen, but in a liquid medium or a paste I am not sure it is that dangerous. You probably can absorbed it through your pores in a liquid.

http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/beryllium/index.html

“About 1-15% of all people occupationally-exposed to beryllium in air become sensitive to beryllium and may develop chronic beryllium disease (CBD), an irreversible and sometimes fatal scarring of the lungs “

38 posted on 08/02/2011 3:09:50 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: WesternCulture

Boy is this person lucky he does not live in the USA where simply belonging to a political party (Tea Party) classifies you as a terrorist and as such open to the full weight and unlawful force of our federal government.

Warrant less searches, phone taps, no knock warrants, a target for the DHS, DOJ can all be used against terrorists.

At least his government is not at war with him.


39 posted on 08/02/2011 3:14:40 PM PDT by Wurlitzer (Welcome to the new USSA (United Socialist States of Amerika))
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To: Allegra

Gosh, Allegra, losing an occasional sock in the dryer wasn’t enough for you? lol


40 posted on 08/02/2011 3:25:38 PM PDT by TigersEye (No dark sarcasm in the press room ... Hey!, Barry!, leave them bills alone.)
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To: PLMerite

“...the legality of building a nuclear reactor in a domestic kitchen.”

The legality would have been different if it had been a commercial kitchen ?

*******************************

Yes. It would have had to have been handicap accessible, and been on wheels to allow thorough and routine cleaning in the area. On the other hand, it also would have allowed the owner to run the parking lot lights as well as the kitchen.


41 posted on 08/02/2011 3:41:03 PM PDT by Psalm 144 (Voodoo Republicans: Don't read their lips - watch their hands.)
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To: WesternCulture

Reminds me of the scene in “True Lies”.

[Salim Abu Aziz reveals a nuclear weapon]
Salim Abu Aziz: Do you know what this is?
Harry: I know what this is...
[Salim smiles]
Harry: This is an espresso machine.
[Salim frowns]
Harry: No, no wait. It’s a snow cone maker.
[Salim approaches Harry]
Harry: Is it a water heater?


42 posted on 08/02/2011 3:51:22 PM PDT by BigChinoDon
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To: PLMerite
The legality would have been different if it had been a commercial kitchen ?

No, it would still be illegal to build and operate a nuclear reactor.

However, there's currently no law against generating a stable black hole in your garage. Myuahahaha!

43 posted on 08/02/2011 3:55:33 PM PDT by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: Slings and Arrows

His pots & pans are now nuclear wessels.

Damned time traveling Star Fleet personnel....


44 posted on 08/02/2011 4:01:26 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (ATTN GOVERNMENT: "public service" does NOT mean servicing the people, like a bull among heifers.)
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To: WesternCulture

Stole an Onion story?


45 posted on 08/02/2011 4:05:38 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Going 'EGYPT' - 2012!)
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To: Red Badger

Rossi will be next to be arrested in this international conspiracy takedown /s


46 posted on 08/02/2011 11:08:39 PM PDT by Kevmo (Turning the Party over to the so-called moderates wouldn't make any sense at all. ~Ronald Reagan)
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