Monthly Archives: July 2011

Revert to policy

I made a mistake recently.  This blog has some clearly stated rules and regulations, here is part. All comments must be signed.  Anonymous postings are the hiding place for the irresponsible,  a pool for festering nastiness.  If you have something … Continue reading

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In the balance: James Webb Space Telescope

We are at the tipping point of losing a potential National treasure, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). The JWST is a very large telescope to be launched into space to view the universe with ultra high resolution infrared (IR) … Continue reading

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Farewell to American Manned Space Operations

Yet another chapter in U.S. technical excellence has closed. What have we lost? What have we accomplished?  What will we do? This last flight of the Atlantis provides a reason to review the melancholy  history of one of our greatest … Continue reading

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Fluorescents-2: Lifetime

Compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) are mandated for the US market starting in January 2012. These bulbs certainly have good press; they are more efficient, last forever, give nice bright light, and modern CFLs can be dimmed and will turn on … Continue reading

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Fluorescent-1: Efficiency

What’s not to like about compact fluorescent lights (CFLs)?  They use less energy than incandescent light bulbs (ILBs), they are cheaper in the long run, they put out lighting with selectable  hues, they are environmentally friendly, and they are directly … Continue reading

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Fusion, Seawater and Stewart Prager’s OpEd

Interesting Op Ed piece in the 2011 Jul 11 New York Times by Dr. Stewart Prager on the status and potentials for fusion power.  Dr. Prager is the Director of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL); he does a good … Continue reading

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ANWR and The Lies of Large Numbers

Arguments have raged over use of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), and will so again.   Probably sooner rather than later. One side says evidence of a large quantity of oil indicates life in the lower 48 states could be … Continue reading

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