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2011-08-05 05:30:00

Authorities said Thursday that a Swedish man was arrested after he tried splitting atoms in his kitchen as a hobby. Richard Handl, a 31-year-old from Angelholm in southern Sweden, had materials like smoke detectors, clock and watch hands. He said he 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. "I was just curious to see if it was possible, it is just a hobby," said Handl, currently...

2009-03-09 08:51:29

Engineers at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel say they have developed a way to declaw nuclear fuel, ensuring only peaceful plutonium use. The engineers said their technique denatures plutonium created in large nuclear reactors, making it unsuitable for use in nuclear arms. They said that by adding Americium, a form of the basic synthetic element found in commercial smoke detectors and industrial gauges, plutonium can only be used for peaceful purposes. Professor Yigal Ronen,...


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2009-07-09 17:39:38

Americium is a synthetic radioactive metallic element. The symbol for Americium is Am and the atomic number is 95. Americium is an actinide that was first isolated by Glenn T. Seaborg in 1944 while attacking plutonium with neutrons. It became the fourth transuranic (having an atomic number greater than 92) element to be discovered. It was named for the Americas. It is widely used in commercial smoke-detectors and different types of industrial gauges. Americium in its pure state has a...

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