Posts Tagged 'meltdown'

Swedish Tinkerer Tries To Make Nuclear Reactor At Home

The WashingtonPost reports –

STOCKHOLM — A Swedish man who was arrested after trying to split atoms in his kitchen said Wednesday he was only doing it as a hobby. Richard Handl told The Associated Press that he 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 said 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. Only later did he realize it might not be legal and sent a question to Sweden’s Radiation Authority, which answered by sending the police. “I have always been interested in physics and chemistry,” Handl said, adding he just wanted to “see if it’s possible to split atoms at home.”

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Meltdown Has Occurred At Fukushima Reactor

The Telegraph reports –

Engineers from the Tokyo Electric Power company (Tepco) entered the No.1 reactor at the end of last week for the first time and saw the top five feet or so of the core’s 13ft-long fuel rods had been exposed to the air and melted down. Previously, Tepco believed that the core of the reactor was submerged in enough water to keep it stable and that only 55 per cent of the core had been damaged. Now the company is worried that the molten pool of radioactive fuel may have burned a hole through the bottom of the containment vessel, causing water to leak.

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How Japan Is Explaining The Nuclear Power Plant Problems To Their Children – I’m Speechless! [video]

What Is Happening Inside The Japanese Nuclear Power Plants?

The New York Times has 2 slide shows that explain what is happening inside the Japanese nuclear power plants. The problems are explained so simply that even I can understand.

View the slide shows HERE.


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