Nuclear Physics

Japanese nuclear scare stories are baseless: envoy

The Japanese consul general in Hong Kong yesterday rejected claims that some tourists had fallen sick or had miscarriages in the wake of Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster.

Saturday, 19 November, 2011, 12:00am

Report of Daya Bay nuclear leak dismissed by CLP and government

The government and CLP Power have dismissed a report by Radio Free Asia claiming the Daya Bay nuclear plant in Shenzhen had suffered a major leak that was threatening public safety.

15 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Sun in a Bottle

Sun in a Bottle

by Charles Seife

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Nuclear power has made a comeback recently. Governments fearful of an oil shortage are again planning to build nuclear power stations. Conventional nuclear power is produced by nuclear fission, the same process that was used in the atomic bombs that fell on Japan.

8 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Radiation fears over new radar device at government office

A radar device to be installed on the roof of the North Point Government Offices may pose a health threat because of radiation, say surveyors working in the tower.

The device, to be erected by the Civil Engineering and Development Department, is to help the Marine Department monitor sea conditions.

8 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Inquiry fallout

Fanny Law's resignation following the HKIEd inquiry report has called into question the weaknesses of the ministerial system. Do you think the administration has to reform itself? Write to us.

22 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

God, greed, politics and a rash of rabies


'The peasant revolutionary turned lifestyle guru, the former Shaolin monk working on a Shanghai building site, the once-conservative father running a gay hotline - and the teenagers who just want to dress up as their favourite Japanese cartoon characters. Welcome to the new China ...' So goes the cover blurb for Duncan Hewitt's Getting Rich First (Chatto & Windus).

6 May 2007 - 12:00am

Ask Mr Brain . . . all will be explained

Why is the power of car engines described in horsepower?

The measurement in horsepower was first invented by British engineer James Watt (1736-1819) when he was working to improve the steam engine.

15 Nov 2000 - 12:00am

Ask Mr Brain...all will be explained

How many theories are there about the extinction of dinosaurs? There are lots of theories, but five that you hear a lot about. A popular theory is that a giant meteor struck the Earth about 66 million years ago. Scientists say it caused huge clouds of dust to hover over the Earth, blocking out sunlight and destroying most life forms.

24 Aug 1999 - 12:00am

Ask Mr Brain...all will be explained

Do other planets and stars have the same elements that are found on earth? Although the periodic table lists 109 named elements (and three as yet unnamed, making a total of 112) many of these elements do not naturally occur on earth and others have only been found in minute trace amounts.

3 Aug 1999 - 12:00am

Ask Mr Brain...all will be explained

Why is the atom bomb so destructive? The weapon derives its explosive force from the release of atomic energy through the fission (splitting) of heavy nuclei.

The first atom bomb was produced by the United States and successfully tested on July 16, 1945.

8 Mar 1999 - 12:00am

10-year test ban proposal put forward

China said yesterday it is ready to agree to a 10-year ban on peaceful nuclear explosions in what it described as a 'major concession' to reach a global ban on nuclear testing.

Ambassador Sha Zukang unveiled the proposal to a plenary session of the UN Disarmament Conference being held in Geneva to hammer out a Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.

7 Jun 1996 - 12:00am

Worker close to radiation limit

A DAYA BAY worker has received a radiation dose of more 90 per cent of the yearly limit set by the International Atomic Energy Agency.

The Guangdong plant, 25 per cent owned by China Light and Power subsidiary Hong Kong Nuclear Investment Company, has yet to incorporate the new limit into its regulations.

5 May 1996 - 12:00am

Pilots to fly close to radioactive plume

HELICOPTER pilots will have to fly within one kilometre of a radioactive plume to track its progress in a Daya Bay emergency, it was revealed yesterday.

19 Aug 1995 - 12:00am

Technology works by disrupting food decay

IRRADIATION works by ionising molecules in the cells that make up organisms such as bacteria, and by disrupting food decay mechanisms.

But environmental groups worry about the growth in use of deadly radioactive sources needed to produce the high-energy irradiating gamma rays, what happens to the waste and the safety of the irradiation plants.

31 Jul 1995 - 12:00am

Radioactive waste to be moved to remote island

RADIOACTIVE waste stored in an old Wan Chai air-raid shelter is to be moved to an island south of Lantau due to concern about the shelter's condition.

A government officer yesterday said the new site would need stringent security to prevent burglars, possibly from the mainland, breaking in.

13 Apr 1995 - 12:00am