How to Build a Nuclear Reactor in Your Backyard

And the tragic story of one American boy

Shown above is the BN-800 breeder reactor in Russia.
David stands outside his shed where a number of different experiments are underway at the same time.
A neutron gun, used to make materials radioactive, can be constructed out of lead and the americium within smoke detectors. Image by Robert Eagle.
The americium and radium are placed together within a sheet of aluminum foil. On the right is seen the finished product: a reactor held together by duct tape and capable of making plutonium. Images by Robert Eagle.
The cleanup crew from the EPA stuffs radioactive parts into ominous black barrels.

Astrophysics student, writer for over a decade. A passion for language and the unexplored universe. I aim to marry poetry and science.

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