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  •  Grim. (5+ / 0-)

    I have lived through public funding cuts in the Biological Sciences from the early 1970's.  And now we are willing to scuttle funding for other scientific endeavors.

    This is depressing.  I guess that in our nation received knowledge through belief is more important than an understanding of our cosmos.

    One fun aspect in my career was designing targetry and processing systems for nuclear pharmaceuticals (35 to 70 MeV protons).  But, wow, the power that you are working with is amazing.  I seem to recall that the first stage cocraft walton at Fermi was about 3 Amps of protons at 70 MeV - and I doubt if many here realize the power that implies, even before the high energy acceleration begins.

    Distrust of authority should be the first civic duty. - Norman Douglas

    by Fossil on Sun Feb 20, 2011 at 02:05:58 PM PST

    •  if electron volts are roughly equal to... (0+ / 0-)

      .... volts as we normally understand the term, then yeah I get it.  

      3 amps at 70 million volts.  

      Your landline phone runs on 0.06 amps at 52 volts.  

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