February, 2013

Dragons, Meteors and Nuclear Power

In a previous post I wrote about how far back we need to look to have a reasonable chance of seeing rare events such as large floods and why it is much longer than the 150 years of data for Sizewell if we want to know the size of a 1 in 10,000 year event. […]


Posted in Accidents and Risks, Flood Risk and Coastal Processes | 1 Comment »

Iran and Uranium Enrichment

In one of my previous posts I talked about the connection between nuclear power and nuclear weapons. In this post I am going to expand a bit more on the history of what is going on with Iran. This post is not about whether Iran has a nuclear weapons programme but to give some background […]


Posted in Nuclear Power | No Comments »

150 Years Is Not Enough

At a recent meeting on ‘Coastal Processes’ at Sizewell held at Snape Maltings on the of 29th February Colin Taylor (Environment Manager (Marine), New Nuclear Build, EDF Energy) stated that they had 150 years of data for the coastal processes at Sizewell. He also said that their ‘models’ can predicted what has happened in the […]


Posted in Flood Risk and Coastal Processes | No Comments »

More On Probability – At Least One Six in Six Throws of a Die

It is easy to work out how likely it is that you will throw six sixes in six throws of a die. there is 1/6 probability that you will throw a six therefore there is a  (1/6)6 probability that you will throw 6 in a row. However, if we want to know the probability that […]


Posted in Mathematics | No Comments »