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Desc:Not exactly up to NRC standards.
Category:Science & Technology, Educational
Tags:macgyver, Nuclear Reactor, DIY, nuclear accident, david hahn
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Comment count is 11
Aelric - 2009-03-14
Don't try this at home....please
kelpfoot - 2009-03-15
Also, don't steal hundreds of smoke detectors and then methodically remove their sources without using proper regard for safety, or else your mugshot will end up looking like this:


PS that was thirteen years after his first arrest (which is the one mentioned in the submission).

sannyasin - 2009-03-15
I heard that there was evidence of burns on his face in his last arrest photo but seeing it in the link, it looks like he might have Kaposi's Sarcoma or some other skin cancer.

UnderANeonHalo - 2009-03-14
That is pretty damn scary.
wtf japan - 2009-03-14
Iranians must be complete retards.

Of course, I could see Israel carpet bombing the shit out of someone for this, so who knows.
Big Beef Burritos Supreme - 2009-03-14
Yeah, the problem is one of scale. You can't make itty bitty nuclear bombs to blow up ants, as there is a pretty strict minimum amount of material needed to create fission.

It would take like eight million years of conspicuously buying paint and smoke alarms to get anywhere worth worrying about. Plus America or Israel would drop a bomb on your garden shed.

kingarthur - 2009-03-15
Yes, but can you conduct experiments to make nuclear-powered superman from say, ants?

kelpfoot - 2009-03-15
The reactor mentioned in the video isn't self-sustaining; it only "burns" because of the neutron source in the middle of it. Take away the neutrons, and it will fizzle out.

This is an awesome science project (try it, kids at home!), but a reactor like that wouldn't produce enough fissile material for a single bomb before the heat death of the universe. Even if you could get enough material, making an atom bomb requires extraordinarily precise engineering and a lot of careful calculation - it's probably totally infeasible for a single kid working in his shed.

Big Beef Burritos Supreme - 2009-03-15
Have you even seen the design of Little Boy. It was like 'oh we'll make a bomb that's enough material to reach critical mass and leave it at that.' Fat Man was sophisticated, though.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Gun-type_fission_weapon_en-l abels_thin_lines.svg

kelpfoot - 2009-03-15
Do you know how fucking difficult it was to even figure out critical mass in the first place?

I know Little Boy was pretty simple, but it was still a monster feat of physics.

Spastic Avenger - 2009-03-15
This is the nuclear equivalent of those little Stirling engines people make out of tin cans.
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