Sweden: Don’t split atoms in your kitchen

One can just hear the old line by George Costanza of Seinfeld fame being repeated after a Swedish man was arrested by police after he tried to split atoms in his kitchen recently.

“Was that wrong? Should I not have done that? I’m sorry, I’m gonna have to plead ignorance on this thing, because if I had known that sort of thing was frowned upon…”

Richard Handl had the radioactive elements radium, americium and uranium in his apartment in southern Sweden when police showed up and arrested him on charges of unauthorized possession of nuclear material.

The 31-year-old Handl told The Associated Press 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.

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Shipwreck from 1870s tentatively identified

After decades of mystery, it appears archaeologists working in Louisiana’s Bayou Bartholomew have solved the riddle behind the identity of a Reconstruction-era shipwreck.

An official with the Louisiana Division of Archaeology and another with Archaeological Research Inc. conducted the first formal study of the site last week and said that the vessel is most likely the Big Horn, built in 1865 and lost in 1873 after it caught fire.

The shipwreck had been exposed for a few weeks during the recent drought, according to the Bastrop Enterprise.

The ship’s dimensions – close to 150 feet long and up to 17 feet wide – determined by marking the unseen perimeter with metal probes and then mapping it in sections via tape measure and graph, enabled officials to rule out other potential wrecks.

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