Posts tagged: Physicist

Mini Nuclear Meltdown In Man’s Kitchen!

By Aussie Pete, August 4, 2011 11:08 pm

I have no problems with anybody having ‘quirky’ hobbies… but I don’t think that I’d feel very comfortable if my neighbour was spending time trying to split atoms in his kitchen!

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A Swedish man has been arrested for doing just that.

The 31-year old quasi-physicist, Richard Handl, has admitted to being in possession of the radioactive elements ‘radium’, ‘americium’ and ‘uranium’ at his home in southern Sweden.

Police charged him with ‘unauthorised possession of nuclear material’.

Mr Handl said that he had been trying to set up a nuclear reactor in his apartment for months, and posted regular articles on his blog describing his activities. He claimed that at one time he actually created a ’small meltdown’ on his stove.

I’m guessing that Mr Handl is not the brightest kid on the block – he was only discovered by authorities when he contacted Sweden’s Radiation Authority to ask if what he was doing was illegal.

If found guilty, Mr Handl will face up to two years in jail.

He said of his ordeal, “I have always been interested in physics and chemistry… I just wanted to see if it’s possible to split atoms at home… From now on, I will stick to the theory”.

Source: Aussie Pete

Stephen Hawking – Angry At God? Or Just An Atheist?

By Aussie Pete, May 18, 2011 12:11 am

Astrophysicist Stephen Hawking recently spoke to The Guardian

Astrophysicist Stephen Hawking recently spoke to The Guardian

Interesting philosophy indeed – is he angry at God for life’s physical challenges? Or is he just an atheist looking to p**s some people off?

The reknowned theoretical physicist, 69-year old Stephen Hawking has no time for heaven in his vision of the universe.

He recently spoke to the The Guardian newspaper, and said that the human brain is a like a computer “that will stop working when its components fail”.

He continued on to say that, “There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.”

Last year, Hawking published a book with Leonard Mlodinow, titled “In Grand Design”, in which he declared that it was “not necessary to invoke God… to get the universe going”.

Hawking, who is nearly completely paralyzed by motor neurone disease, says that he is not afraid of death, but “I’m in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first.”

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