Physical Insights

An independent scientist’s observations on society, technology, energy, science and the environment. “Modern science has been a voyage into the unknown, with a lesson in humility waiting at every stop. Many passengers would rather have stayed home.” – Carl Sagan


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I’ve started this blog as my contribution to the online pro-nuclear-energy grass roots blog-based community i’ve seen developing, which I’ve followed with great interest.

Like many, i’ve decided that as a scientist, I simply can no longer in good conscience just sit idly by and watch things that are not scientifically true be spread on an astonishing scale, when it comes to this debate over the world’s fission energy renaissance.

Well, that is one of my areas of interest, but I certainly have nothing against blogging about other areas of politics, technology, science and society.

I’m a student at the University of Melbourne, Australia, majoring in Physics and Computer Engineering. Don’t worry, I’ve *almost* graduated. Perhaps I should stop blogging and get back to the books?

As far as nuclear energy is concerned. I have no commercial or professional ties or conflicts of interest with regards to the nuclear energy, nuclear fuel or Uranium mining industries what so ever. Still, that doesn’t change anything. Some people will call me a shill, but some people can convince themselves of anything they dream up.

I’m a Liberal, (and an atheist) and usually a voter for the Australian Labor Party. That said, however, I can not at all disagree with John Howard’s policies of rationally investigating the feasibility of nuclear energy for Australia – although I didn’t vote for him in 2007, for other reasons.

That said, however, I generally seem to disagree with “far Left” politics, such as the Australian Greens and other “Green” Parties, and I certainly seem to find myself at odds with the far-leftist socialist political organisations that seem to breed like rabbits around universities in particular the world over.


Written by Luke Weston

July 25, 2007 at 10:09 am

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  1. 🙂

    March 5, 2008 at 10:58 am

  2. I have visited Physical Insights before, but either it looked different then or my memory is fading. I really like the layout, it is a beautiful blog with good commentary and insights.

    The link to this site is now listed on my blog roll. Sorry it took so long. Thanks for the nice mentions of my work, BTW.

    Rod Adams
    Editor, Atomic Insights
    Founder, Adams Atomic Engines, Inc.

    Rod Adams

    March 14, 2008 at 8:32 am

  3. Love the new look


    April 7, 2008 at 3:50 am

  4. Thanks – In particular, I like having the main column where the actual blog posts are wider – it’s nicer to read.


    April 7, 2008 at 7:36 am

  5. I share regular daily emails with a friend in California I met at a car care blog. Our opinions are similar, and he linked me to an article on a small US blog.
    I replied in the comments area and the editor of the blog contacted me and asked if he could move the comment to a post of its own. I agreed, and he asked if I would like to comment on any further items that might interest his readers.
    I had an idea on a series of posts regarding the electrical power industry, probably amounting to maybe half a dozen, tops. It has blown out now to 24 articles and looks to have life for another ten or so.
    I have also posted on other topics.
    In my electrical power series, I went to lengths to concentrate on some aspects of the nuclear power industry, and I’m also working through other methods of producing electrical power.
    You may wish to link to them if you wish.
    I’m not going to link directly to my articles as you as the editor might like to go through them first.
    Luke, I commented on an article regarding solar power in your own blog here, and some personal background details are there so I won’t repeat them.

    The website of the US blog is as follows. The blog is titled PA Pundits, and is a relatively small one based in Pennsylvania, hence the PA part in the title. It has a following of approximately 800 to 1200 readers a day.
    Luke perhaps you might like to contact the Editor for reciprocal posting if it suits you. Mention my screen name TonyfromOz. It won’t get you (or even me for that fact) anything, and you may even think it unsuitable, but I just thought I would mention it.



    May 10, 2008 at 7:29 am

  6. I googled “solar theormal power-generating costs” when I found this site. Neat.

    “According to the U.S. Department of Energy, wind power costs about 8 cents per kilowatt, while solar thermal power costs 13 to 17 cents”


    bill payne

    July 27, 2008 at 10:53 pm

  7. Hi,
    Great Blog, thanks for taking the time to express your truths. It is truly appreciated, by all ( at least by me). Thanks for your hard work, as a fellow blogger I know the daily grind of publishing new, interesting items. Thanks again for you hard work.
    Peace,Shundahai( A Newe word which means “Peace and Harmony with All Creation) Gregor Gable
    Nuclear and Indigenous
    Items of Interest


    August 2, 2008 at 11:39 pm

  8. Add a new category to your blog:

    “Deconstruction of atomic reactors – duration, riscs and costs”
    in this category you should seek advice from financial experts,
    who are able to calculate the value of money in the next decades.




    August 11, 2008 at 4:51 pm

  9. Hey

    I came across your little blog spot on Thermogen (the company from Brisbane). I was wondering if you had heard anything more from or about them since then.

    / erik


    July 14, 2009 at 5:00 am

  10. While browsing through your blog I noticed some misleading info on the energy payback period for solar cells. In the last few years the energy investment for PV has gone down considerably because of thinner wafers, reduction in silver usage, improved efficiency etc. Most c-Si based panels have paybacks of 2 years or so while CdTe panels have payback periods of only a few months.

    Here’s a review:

    You should also recheck your “conservative” cost estimate for new nuclear. $2/billion per GW is not a credible number for new US construction.


    July 18, 2009 at 9:46 pm

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