Why do metals have low specific heat capacities? – they don’t

I came across the following answer to the question “Why do metals have low specific heat capacities?”: Metal atoms in pure metal are very close together and are able to transfer heat easily via conduction from one atom exciting the other atoms next to it. So the amount of energy it takes to heat a [...]

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Nuclear Strike Price and the ‘Open and Transparent’ Energy Market

I previously posted the response from Michael Fallon (Minister of State for Business & Energy) to a number of questions I asked my MP (Peter Aldous). The question was about how the strike price for nuclear (£92.5/MWh) was justified given DECC’s own analysis of future electricity prices (shown graphically here). The response said that the [...]

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Graphite Weight Loss at AGR Reactors

There have been several reports in the news1 about EDF wanting to raise the limits of the amount of graphite which can be lost from the moderator of the AGR nuclear reactors. As usual the reports seem to me to not give some very important information. Here are just a few points I think it [...]

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The Equality Trust Wealth Tracker 2014


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Future Energy Costs and the Nuclear Strike Price

As I have posted previously I have been trying to find out from DECC how they justified the £92.5/MWh strike price for Hinkley C. Here is the latest response from Michael Fallon. According to Michael Fallon the negotiations for Hinkley C have not concluded. So we still have to wait to see an explanation for [...]

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Future Energy Prices: Correspondence with MP & Michael Fallon

Peter Lux: Friday 1 November 2013 Dear Peter Aldous, I am writing to ask you to explain the reason why the strike price of £92.5/MWh has been agred by your government for the power from the proposed Hinkley C power station. I have looked at the DECC data on future energy prices (https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/240320/Annex-f-price-growth-assumptions-2013.xls)and even in [...]

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The Problems In Ukraine

The image on the right shows the voting pattern for the 2012 Ukrainian elections. The blue is for the ‘Party of Regions’  and the magenta is for the Fatherland Party. With the poor state of the economy the two opposing parties have advocated two different approaches. The Party of Regions has advocated closer ties with [...]

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Deterrence: Terrorists

First of all it is important to point out that nuclear weapons are terror weapons. They have limited military value and are design to kill large numbers of civilians. One of the problems is that deterrence does not work if you do not know who attacked you. It could be a non-state player or a [...]

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Nuclear Deterrence: Cuban Missile Crisis

I am not going to give a full account of the crisis since it has been detailed elsewhere1. However I would like to point out the following points. The US had a long campaign against Cuba including sponsoring the ‘Bay of Pigs Invasion’ The US had previously moved nuclear weapons into Turkey which threatened Moscow [...]

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Nuclear Weapons: Ending The War With Japan

Ending The War With Japan First of all some pictures: You may think that these are pictures of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. However, they are  Tokyo and Osaka after bombing in 1945. In fact at least 66 Japanese cities were bombed before the dropping of the atomic bombs killing more people than the atomic bombs. This [...]

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