First Time Winner

Here it is, the first thing I have ever won! The frame around the bird, that is, and all I had to do was fill out a survey. The bird is displayed by my EO1 from Electric Objects. The EO1 is fundamentally a display screen, not unlike a digital photo frame, but the company adds in a…

Does the U.S. have a Flagship Tokamak Facility?

Summary Haiku Tokamak goes down Flagship facility, too Feelings hurt out West Magnetic fusion has grabbed quite a few headlines in the past week as news about the failure of the NSTX-U tokamak spreads through the media. One thing that caught my eye is that multiple stories, all written by different authors, all describe the NSTX-U as…

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The Buddhist Temple We Never Knew

During a recent trip to my hometown of Stockton, California (on Google Maps) I visited the local Buddhist Temple. It was quite a coincidence that just before leaving for Stockton I saw an episode of Road Trip with Huell Howser in which he toured the city. That episode visited some areas of Stockton that I…

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Albert Einstein’s Logic Puzzle, Maybe

I have been introduced to a logic puzzle that was supposedly written by Albert Einstein. The version I originally read came from the Brain-Fun website. The story that goes along with the puzzle is that Einstein claimed only 2% of the population would be able to solve it. Some of the other people reading the…

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Signal Decomposition Using Farge Wavelet Method

Wavelet analysis is becoming ever more popular in plasma and fusion research, though the methods have been known and applied in other fields (such as image processing and the monitoring of electrical power systems) for some time. In 2006 the following paper detailed a method for separating a time signal into its coherent and noise…

Mean Free Path of Air

There is a simple approximation for the mean free path, λmfp, of particles in air at room temperature (T = 25 oC) given by, where λmfp is in units of centimeters and the pressure, P, is in units of Torr. While this is a commonly used approximation, it is not clear how it is derived.…