Radioactive Boy Scout - How Teen David Hahn Built a Nuclear Reactor

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Bisqwit : I hate the narrator for continually suggesting/insisting that the experiments should have been stopped and the boy should have been prohibited from continuing his science experiments and studies. NO! What he should have been, but wasn’t, is to be taught how to conduct his experiments in a safe and controlled manner, wearing protective gear and so on.

Danaea Fugate : Guy: Aren't you a little young too be playing with radioactive stuff? David:yes, yes i am.

Original Username : Narrator is talking all high and mighty, but this kid is probably 10x times smarter than him

Edwin Wiles : Oh give me a break. Yet another piece of useless FUD that I have to debunk, because I tripped over it. The producer of this video obviously isn't interested in the truth, just making another buck off YouTube by scaring people with the word "radiation". TL;DR: 1) The materials used CANNOT emit neutron radiation, so there's no way he was going to make a breeder reactor. 2) The vast majority of the radiation is stopped by a simple piece of paper. 3) He obviously did not understand the materials or he would never have bothered trying for a nuclear reactor of any sort. So let's bring in some hard numbers. The only hard number in the video is "1000 times background". The worst background in the world (outside of a genuine nuclear disaster like Chernobyl) is 6.24 mSv per year. Multiply that by a thousand, and you get 6240 mSv per year. Sounds like a lot, yes? Well, no, it isn't. To get that dose you would have to spend the entire year (24/365) in intimate contact with the material. "Intimate" as in stark naked bathing in the stuff, since most of it (say 90 to 95 percent) is blocked by a simple piece of paper, and the remaining 5 to 10 percent is blocked by a sheet of aluminum foil. So, let's look at something more realistic. He's working multiple jobs. He's got school. There's no way he's spending more than a couple of hours a day in the shed, except on weekends, and even then he isn't likely to be spending the whole day. So let's say on average he spends 3 hours a day in close proximity. Let's further say that his clothing and the shielding around the materials don't count for squat, which is ridiculous, but so is this video. That means that in one year, he spent about 12% of his time in that shed. Okay, let's reduce that ridiculous yearly total to what he actually would have received: 760 mSv/year. Which he didn't even get, because he wasn't exposed to the whole mass for even that much time, so let's cut it in half: 380 mSv. It takes 1000 mSv in a SINGLE dose to make you sick. An accumulation of 1000 mSv over an entire lifetime increases your chances of cancer by 5%. The exposure at Chernobyl for the people who were relocated was 350 mSv over a much shorter time than what he experienced. Was this a good idea? No. Was it going to damage his health? Maybe, decades on down he might develop cancer; more if he inhaled any of the material, as it would be trapped inside his body. Was it a serious risk to anyone else? No. Only someone who actually entered the shed would have received anything like a significant does. Thousands of people at risk? Nope. Even the EPA was overblowing the danger, but that was probably the only way they could get Uncle Sam to cut loose with enough money to haul the junk away. Disposing of it in the trash? Well, what do YOU do with a dead smoke detector? Until municipalities started having household hazardous disposal, you didn't have much choice but to throw it in the trash, did you? So lets look at what happens if you do. It either goes to a land-fill, and gets buried under yards of dirt and trash; or it goes to an incinerator. If it goes to an incinerator, it ends up in one of two places, dispersed in the air adding very little to the background radiation, or it's in the ashes, which ... end up in the land-fill anyway. A land fill, which is a reasonable place to put such low-risk radiation if people weren't scared of their wits by so much as a stray electron.

John Rex The T-Rex Gamer : Well he earned his radioactivity badge

RedKB : Ok fine YouTube, I'll watch this video.

Chicken Nugget : And guys this is how jimmy neutron ended

LM Bro : *B O O M* mexicans : did you feel something? *edit* thx for all the likes

how dy : David: calls czheckslovakia and gets uranium Me: calls Mexican friend to say what’s up and gets put on government watchlist

Discovery Outdoors / Matt-N-Abra : I think we can all agree... He earned that freaking badge!

Idiot Y. : *"Chernoboy"*

The Tech Support Gamer : he didnt build a reactor he built a pile of radioactive trash.

Gus Custard : It’s a shame he died like that, he could’ve become a great scientist! he was obviously gifted.

its tiki. : i know what im doing this weekend ;)

Sergey Bober : David didn’t build a reactor. He didn’t build a neutron gun as you need strong magnetic fields to hold/direct neutrons. Narrator should study physics better in high school and not call pile of waste “nuclear reactor”. David just collected and concentrated radioactive materials in one place. What about Home Depot wearhouse, stocking hundreds smoke detectors? Or medical warehouses, stocking radioactive gadgets in hundreds/thousands? Are they safe for neighborhood? Boy could be good engineer or scientist. Just needs some attention to him from parents, school and Eagle Scouts staff.

Gaby Lara : Chernobyl: Hold my beer.

Jackson Jack : Im assuming he died of alcohol poisoning because he could no longer do what he loved after that + guilt for whom he may have hurt. Sad. Where was the secret government agency that would have hired him in the movies? Or shoot, even real life like the Catch Me If You Can guy.

DJEDz TV : take his passion away? if my kid was so interested in chemistry i would never stop him from doing stuff..

Zap 70 : Fallout Boy-scout

misstrKevin : You keep saying “legit” it’s very annoying.

Chris L : The REAL sad part of this story is that with all those smarts, knowledge and understanding thay David had, he could habe become a nuclear physicists or something, but didnt. He could have done A LOT with the ammount of intelligence that david showed from a VERY early age. Which is near genius levels, but it was never encouraged or directed into a healthy outlet. I can only hope that my son shows this tyoe of intelligence and passion for something like David did. But his parents cared more about what happened to their house then their son and instead of helping him learn correctly and set him on a path of success, he was baisically told to "go play in the basement and leave us alone" and because of that he nearly killed himself multiple times and ended up living a life of mediocrity and was never able to grow his knowledge or put his intelligence to good use. THAT is the sad part.

Fired Up Toast : *SNEEK 100*

Grammar Police : Honey, dinner's ready. OK MOM BUT LET ME FINISH MY NUCLEAR REACTOR FIRST!! Ok, but hurry, it'll get cold.

Mike Gervasi : "David Hahn shows what one motivated Eagle Scout and his shed can do" -Sgt Hartman

Dean Ferraro, EA : Be careful fear-mongering Weird History, having worked in Nuclear industry professionally, this guy didn't cause that big of a problem. Your pronunciation of Am241 Notice how the rad workers cleaning up the little she'd are only wearing paper suits and respirators? Most likely they are trying to stop Alpha radiation, which isn't that big of deal unless you get it in your lungs or into your eyes. Do some weird history on Idaho National Laboratory. The reactor, called SL-1, was part of a prototype nuclear plant designed for the military. It melted down and killed three Army members. The only fatalities in the nuclear industry ever.

my channel : 2:10 You shouldnt put a stop to some kids love in chemistry You should teach him how to do it right without limiting him why are people that actually make a difference and who are not stale always portrait as a villain (Go watch Cody's videos that might shine a light on what im trying to say)

Michael Borough : OH. MY. GOD. #IHaveANewGodToWorship. Radioactive boy, god of teenagers.

Jonathan Neal : Okay, YouTube, I'll watch the video about the Boy Scout with a nuke

G. Confalonieri : How much harm a kid doing these experiments might do against multi national corps with all the money, resources and influence which deliverately poison people and the enviroment?

Aticco : I can just emagen this kid coming to school boasting about making a nuclear reactor in his mom's backyard

Izten K : This kid is the true phineas and ferb

Cristero Warrior : Sad that such a great mind died from alcohol poisoning. David Hahn could have surpassed Elon Musk in contributing to humanity’s betterment had it not been for his inner demons

Matteo Torres : None of the radioactive stuff he used is actually dangerous.

Christopher Stewart : I dont like your tone, let him experiment. Paying attention to his actions would have helped, someone should have got this guy into college or something where it could be a little more structured. Safety first of course, but thinking that taking away what the kid loves would fix the situation is bass-akwards. The government is more irresponsible than this guy. They covered the planet with nuclear material from their experimentation.

yogesh ravi : Anyone after Young Sheldon New episode???

Λυris : *_Parenting skills_*

Zachary Cutter : So this what dexter’s lab ended badly looks badly

David Sheldrake : "He had a fully functional nuclear reactor" No he didn't, he had a very basic and inefficient neutron bombardment system, it did not achieve critical mass.Breeders use neutron capture in the blanket to produce Pu239 (and some Pu240) while Thorium 232 based reactors are used to produce U233 Radiation measurement is an exact science, saying his materials produce 1,000x BG is a little miss-leading, it depends on time,emission and what is dosed. 100 siverts into a tumor? not a problem, a full body dose of 100 siverts...you are all done (by a factor of 10x easily) Interesting video but unfortunately not very accurate

yeet meister : I know what my plans for this summer are

BNutsTV : A little radiation helps build your immune system.

impatientfire : Kid sounds like a genius. Too bad he was misguided

Brahim Ruño : Young Sheldon!

Chicken Nugget : 4000 people got exposed to radiation that could cause cancer. Davids response “Perfectly balanced like everything should be“

Josue Kock : Dave didn't die, he finally invented an alternate universe portal gun and changed his identity to Rick Sanchez

ChickenCatch : A kid who "attempted" to build his own nuclear reactor. Better lock a KID up before he steals your taxes right?

ben king : His face in that last picture looks like he is suffering with radiation sickness

Liam-Ethan Wallis : A real American isn't he? Working on dangerous and mind boggling experiments with no care for its effects on those who did no consent or know about its existence. It's a joke about the American gov. btw, not Americans in general

Marvin Nunez : Did this kid not go to school 😂

Demon Gaming : This world doesn't celebrate people that are ahead of the curve; it fears them. David had the intelligence and drive, but none of the experience and knowledge to apply it correctly. He came from a broken home and had parents that took no interest in his hobby of science. Instead of trying to understand their son, they ignored him because they were likely unable or unwilling to relate to him. When David failed miserably, people were so quick to call him reckless and a criminal (like this narrator here) that they overlooked his potential; not as a villain, but as someone who genuinely wanted to make the world a better place. The totally biased narrator (who obviously hates David for some reason) even points out in this hit piece, that David's goal was to solve the world's energy problems. Instead of giving this kid any kind of direction, they threw him in jail, slandered his name in the press, and drove his mother to suicide. Instead of being a productive member of society, David was vilified and broken and resigned to a life of failure until drinking himself to death. David Hahn at least had good intentions. All this narrator wants is to make a little ad revenue while dancing on David's grave apparently. Hit Like and Subscribe for more of that I'm sure.

Trevor Darnall : 13:27 well he graduated to making meth judging by the scabs on his face...chemistry is fun!!