DNA Repair


This was going to be a reply to a comment on one of my posts. However, I think it is an important issue so I am writing this post. The comment referenced a study1 on DNA repair centres in human cells. I have no problem with the study itself however, I do with one of […]

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“No discernible changes in future cancer rates and hereditary diseases”?

It is often quoted that Fukushima will produce “No discernible changes in future cancer rates and hereditary diseases”. This quote is from the UNSCEAR report on the Fukushima1. While other reports2 go into various criticisms of the UNSCEAR report this post is about what that phrase actually means. This post is not about whether this […]

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Nuclear Safety Equipment Has “no impact on public health and safety”?

I recently saw a report that failure of a piece of safety equipment had “no impact on public health and safety”. If  so why is it there? I was going to write this post several months ago. However, a recent comment on one of my posts has prompted me to write it now. What originally […]

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Mass and Volume of Spent Nuclear Fuel – NRC Response

I recently wrote a post on the Mass and Volume of Spent Nuclear Fuel. Roberto Kersevan pointed out in a comment that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) arrive at a very different figure to myself. I therefore wrote to the NRC to point out their mistake. Here is their response as promised: Peter, Thank you […]

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More About This Blog

I have recently had several comments questioning1 my ‘scientific integrity’ and implying that I have a political agenda. I can assure them that I definitely and unashamedly have a political agenda – if I am not writing about nuclear power I am writing about politics. I am an anti-nuclear campaigner. If I were writing scientific […]

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Mass and Volume of Spent Nuclear Fuel


I frequently hear comments about the amount of spent nuclear fuel for a certain amount of energy. One figure is that it is one pound coin for every household per year. Somewhere else I am told it is 0.3mg per KWh. Others will tell you that you could fit it into the Albert Hall – […]

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Don’t Confuse Voting With Politics

On a recent anti-austerity rally in Norwich some of the protesters had posters saying ‘Get The Tories Out!’. It was good in one way – many of the people passing stopped and asked why we were calling to ‘get them out’ when we had just voted to ‘get them in’. I totally agreed with them […]

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PHP Colour Format Conversion

Allows the setting of getting of colour in various formats: RGB, HSL, CMY and CMYK. The colour is stored as an RGB array. Since RGB to HSL and HSL to RGB conversion is quite heavy it might be better if you also stored the HSL value if it is going to be called frequently. However, […]

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Katie Hopkins – al Qaeda’s ‘Useful Idiot’

Katie Hopkins recent comments about refugees have definitely increased racial hatred – not against the refugees but against us. This post is not about the ongoing plight of refugees in the Mediterranean. Not because I think it unimportant but because it has been covered elsewhere1. The editors of the ‘Daily Jihad’ or whatever ISIS/Al Qaeda […]

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Election Debate – The EU

There is quite a bit you can say about the EU. In fact it is one of the centre of the policy of some parties. However, let us get it in perspective – see the graph on the right. There are much more important things to talk about. The data for EU costs are taken […]

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