M Sohaib Alam

M Sohaib Alam

A PhD student of Theoretical High Energy Physics, with a focus on exploring aspects of nuclear matter from a String Theory/Holographic perspective, at the Weinberg Theory Group, UT Austin. He tweets as @sohaib_alam (twitter.com/sohaib_alam)

No Dr Hoodbhoy, Karachi is not headed towards nuclear doom

Recently, in an article published in Dawn, a few respected academics argued that, with the proposed construction of two new nuclear power plants in Karachi:  ‘20 million people (of the city) are being used as subjects in a giant nuclear safety experiment’. This is an outrageous claim and the following is my attempt to deconstruct and counter the authors’ argument. First, the proposed plants are of the ACP-1000 variety. This is a pressurised water reactor, the sort that constitutes the vast majority of western nuclear plants and is based on an extension of Westinghouse Electric Company’s AP-1000 model. It is designed by the Chinese National Nuclear ...

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