Tag Archives: Plutonium

Their noses grow ever longer

This week, the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) released a major report about the health effects of the Fukushima disaster; in fact, I think the report was released on April Fool’s Day, which seems … Continue reading

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Godzilla surfaces in New Mexico

“I feel that at least several hundred scientists trained in the biomedical aspect of atomic energy – myself included – are candidates for Nuremberg-type trials for crimes against humanity for our gross negligence and irresponsibility. Now that we know the … Continue reading

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Let’s talk about plutonium

The nightmare at Fukushima just keeps getting worse and worse. There are two reasons behind this failure to contain the disaster: firstly, the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), who run the plant, are a management company, not an engineering company; … Continue reading

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The WHO, Japan and alpha emitters

Last Wednesday the World Health Organisation (WHO) published a report that said post-Fukushima radiation levels in Japan were low (see here). I’m not going to argue about the figures in this WHO report, or the fact that WHO uses data … Continue reading

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Japan: it looks like they’re going to have to go for the Chernobyl solution

ie, cover all the stricken reactors with sand, lead and boron, and then emtomb them. For four, and possibly, six reactors this will be a massive undertaking, costing billions of dollars. Hopefully it won’t come to this. Engineers have almost … Continue reading

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Japan – the devil and the deep blue sea: Godzilla has risen

The huge explosion today at the Fukushima Daiichi reactor No.3 building is a bit worrying, to say the least. It’s worrying because reactor No.3 uses MOX fuel (see here). MOX, which stands for ‘mixed oxide’, is a blend of uranium … Continue reading

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