Author Archives: LastTechAge

About LastTechAge

I am a physicist with years of work in fusion labs, industry labs, and teaching (physics and math). I have watched the tech scene, watched societal trends and am alarmed. My interest is to help us all improve or maintain that which we worked so hard to achieve.

Flint water crisis cries racism

‘Flint’, an artist’s summary of the Flint water crisis, has visceral impact on the viewer. This image won an award.  Flint Michigan is an old automotive manufacturing town in Michigan, about 45 miles north of my town, Ann Arbor. The … Continue reading

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Gun rights vs hard data

Right winger David Brooks published an op ed column in the 2017 Oct 7 New York Times (print edition) on gun control.  His comments have a vital point, and they should be required reading.  If you quote hard data that … Continue reading

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Shifts and jumps in chaotic systems – USA

We had a chaotic change in our politics. What does that mean? The United States appears to be experiencing an historic shift in its social order. No need for a bullet list of changes, the  election of Donald Trump is … Continue reading

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ITER-2 Machine is being built – will it work?

Fusion waste disposal is an issue that may limit ITER’s success The long awaited fusion test bed, ITER, is under construction.  The facility buildings are well on the way towards completion and machine assembly should begin in the last months … Continue reading

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ITER-1 – The international fusion test facility

ITER will begin fusion tests within a decade. We discuss this huge machine. The long awaited fusion test bed, the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor, is under construction in Cadarache, France.  ITER is an hour (70 km) North of Marseilles (South-Eastern … Continue reading

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If I explain, they will accept. Uh, umm

Today’s has a link to one of Katharine Hayhoe’s latest videos. Facts don’t convince.  This video (Fig 1) is a very solid description on why you cannot come up to someone, just explain the technical facts about something, then … Continue reading

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Climate shift denialists 2 – Religious

Trump and his religious followers deny climate change.  Why? On June 1, Pres. Trump pulled the U.S. out of the international Paris Agreement On Climate Change.  This is a major action that will haunt our grandchildren’s grandchildren. It also has … Continue reading

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