Tuesday, 9 February 2016

DNA Double Stranded Breaks - Heads, It's Radiation! Tails, It's Folate Deficiency!

The cells in our body each contain [23 pairs] 46 chromosomes consisting of tightly wound, double stranded DNA. There's about 2 metres of it in each cell and 10 trillion cells in our bodies. So there's an awful  lot of DNA susceptible to damage in 
The Complex You:

Folate deficiency and ionizing radiation cause DNA breaks in primary human lymphocytes: a comparison

 DNA double-strand breaks, the most serious DNA lesion caused by ionizing radiation, are also caused by several vitamin or mineral deficiencies, such as for folate.

These findings suggest that a diet poor in folate may pose a risk of DNA damage comparable to that of a relatively high dose of radiation

Our results also suggest that research on biological effects of low-dose radiation should take into account the nutritional status of the subjects, because folate deficiency could confound the effects of low-dose radiation.


Both folate deficiency and ionizing radiation at relatively high doses cause DNA breaks, as measured by the Comet assay:
For the conditions we used in this study, physiological concentrations of folate deficiency induced as much DNA damage as did 1 Gy of radiation, a relatively high dose of radiation.

Folate deficiency and high doses, but not low doses, of radiation inhibit growth of primary human lymphocytes:
Cells irradiated with 1 Gy had a proliferation rate of ~50% of that of unirradiated cells (P<0.001); 5 Gy completely abolished lymphocyte proliferation (P<0.001). 

Apoptosis is increased by both folate deficiency and high doses, but not low doses, of ionizing radiation:
For radiation, an increase in apoptosis was observed only at the highest dose, 5 Gy, where 16% of the cells were apoptotic, compared with 8% for unirradiated cells. Cells irradiated with  1 Gy had a similar percentage of apoptotic cells as unirradiated cells 

A Telling little laboratory 'accident' lead to this research:
Jim MacGregor...... was looking at radiation breaking chromosomes in precursors of mouse red blood cells, and one day all his control mice were full of chromosome breaks. It turned out the company that sold him the vitamin mix for the mice had left out folic acid, and a lack of folic acid breaks chromosomes just like radiation does.
Bruce Ames - Pioneering Nutritionist.

There's a fair amount of concern about folate deficiency in the UK, with an ongoing debate about adding folic acid to flour:
UK Experts back adding Folic Acid to Flour

So the next time you come across a mention of - Nuclear Power Plants associated with leukaemia clusters - ask if the victims were checked for Folate or other Nutritional Deficiencies!
Nuclear Power Plants cleared of causing leukaemia

Friday, 29 January 2016

WHAT !!! - 3.75 Hinkleys will deliver as much electricity as all of the EU's wind turbines!

You've never seen so many percentages quoted in one document in all of your life !

% this - % that - % t'other
It's all just Smoke and Mirrors !

But right there, buried on Page 12 are the bits of data that tell all:

Total installed capacity:     128.8 GW
Total wind energy production:  284.02 TWh
That's a capacity factor of 25%
The probable average turbine will be 2 MW
So that's 64,400 [majestic] wind turbines. 

Cumulatively, over their 20 year life-span,  the EU's 64,400 wind turbines will deliver 5,680.4 TWh of (intermittent) low-carbon electricity.

Over its 60 year life-span, Hinkley Point C Nuclear Power Plant will deliver 1,513.7 TWh of (24:7/on-demand) low-carbon electricity.

3.75 Hinkleys could deliver as many low-carbon units of electricity as all of the existing wind turbines scattered throughout the EU

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

1900 km Long Wind Farm Coming to a City Near You

Nuclear Power is Sooooo Expensive !!

So goes the Urban Myth.

What do we want? - Electricity !
What do we pay for? - kWh
What's the best value?

Onshore Wind costs 62% more 
per kWh than Nuclear

And how many Dorenells = 1 Hinkley?

1,543,000,000,000 ÷ 14,235,000,000 = 108

108 Dorenells cost:           £39.4bn 
1 Hinkley costs:                  £24.5bn !

What size would 108 Dorenells be?

It would be a [108 x 15.5 =] 1,674 sq km Wind Farm !

But Hinkley's site is only 0.87 km wide x 0.87 km long.
 So how long would a Wind Farm be 
if it were only 0.87 km wide?
It would be: [1,674 ÷ 0.87 =]        1900 km long !

"..I just love the sight of those majestic Wind Turbines.."

but please - Not In My City Yard !

That's NIMCYs for you !

If the Influential, Idiotic Supporters of Wind Energy, like Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and WWF, along with their duped Media Quizlings, have their way, 16 GW of New Nuclear will be replaced by Wind Turbines.

If Hinkley's 3.2 GW of Nuclear Power costs £14.9bn less than the equivalent number of wind farms, 
16 GW of New Nuclear would save £74.5bn

Saturday, 12 September 2015

Hinkley Point C 1.6 p/kWh <<<<< Navitus Bay 4.7 p/kWh

Thank Goodness Navitus Bay Has Been Rejected !

Electricity from it would have cost nearly 
3 x more per kWh than electricity from Hinkley Point C !

The site is nearly 230 x the size of 
Hinkley Point C !

There's 6.8 x more 'Dream Jobs' at Hinkley Point C than there would have been 'Greenish Jobs' at Navitus Bay !

Hinkley Point C will supply 350 million home years - 20 x more than Navitus Bay's 17.5 million home years !

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Nuclear Power Currently Saves The USA $34 Billion - Each and Every Year!

This report was linked in a piece headed 
'Renewed Interest in Nuclear Power'
Unfortunately, it doesn't pick out this not insignificant 
tit-bit of information!

Dear Mr President - $34,000,000,000 per year would pay for quite a few new build PRISM reactors, 
each and every year!


Save 10s of thousands of premature deaths of your esteemed electorate from atmospheric pollution
each and every year!

Also, have a look at the link to: [Japan] 
'are planning to bring 21 nuclear power plants online':

Saturday, 7 March 2015

Australia's PRISMs and their No. 1 PRISMer

From The Studios of The Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Robyn Williams Introduces:
Dr Oscar Archer

Who says: 

Give Australia your nuclear waste, those poor unwanted masses so you can breathe free. The wretched refuse of your reactor storage caskets. Send this hopeless, tossed-away refuse to us! 

With this opening shot Dr Archer might well expect a rough ride:
"...and it [the concept] goes like this. Australia establishes the world’s first multinational repository for used fuel - what's often called nuclear waste..."

But it gets much better - 'Listen Now' or Download.

Alternatively, Click On 'Transcript - Show'

"...At maturity, Australia is primarily running on PRISM reactors fuelled by the used fuel we received. The world is running on a much larger number of Generation III+ reactors that we supply with our uranium exports under a fuel leasing model. 

The transition to PRISM world-wide is under-way on the back of Australia’s pioneering embrace of this technology with support of key partners. Australia is exporting the starter bundles of metal fuel from our own PRISM fleet while continuing to derive revenue from the multi-national repository and uranium exports..."

Now Dr Archer couldn't say fairer than that - could he?

It's well worth a 12 minutes listen of anybody's time!

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Steve Jones Explains the Outcome of "...the Most Cynical Experiment ever carried out in Biology..."

Radioactivity - radiation - nuclear accidents - mutation - atom bombs - 1 million years of storage!

Powerful sound-bites, lacking in detail and comparative dangers can so easily distort the thinking of the reading, listening and viewing public. They just don't have the time or interest to research reality: Radiophobia 

The Japanese people were participants in this 'cynical experiment'. 

Mutational meltdown was anticipated. For 50 years, biologists and later, geneticists, watched the outcome unravel.

Let Steve Jones educate you in the outcome. 

Steve Jones is an impartial geneticist who, as far as I am aware, has never expressed an opinion or preference for nuclear or any other form of power generation. 

He tells us about the genetics of radiation - and then tells us a bit about mutations wrought by other than radiation. Chemical poisons and pollution are pervasive and widespread, causing mutational damage, in particular to the peoples of the less developed countries.

Just like anybody with a phobia, radiophobes need to worry. Listen and learn from Steve Jones - cease worrying about radiation and start to worry about prolonging the years of carcinogen output from every other form of power generation - including the manufacture of renewables.

Melvyn Bragg introduces the topic at 14:40 - Take it on board for goodness sake: GENETIC MUTATION