A Restatement of Kirchoff’s Current Law

A Restatement of Kirchoff’s Current Law

Kirchoff's Current Law is often phrased as all the currents entering a node sum to 0.  So, in the figure below showing a node of a circuit where three wires come together, i1 + i2 + i3 = 0.  If any individual current entering a node is positive, then at least one other of the currents … Continue reading A Restatement of Kirchoff’s Current Law

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The Implications of Human Rights

The Implications of Human Rights

On January 19th of this year, Senator Bernie Sanders asked Tom Price (Secretary for the Department of Health and Human Services) whether healthcare was a human right.  In the exchange that followed, Sanders declared "We are not a compassionate society!" [1].  In May of 2011, a United Nations report declared that access to the Internet is a … Continue reading The Implications of Human Rights

A Question Posed to Senator Barbara Boxer on Personal Responsibility

A Question Posed to Senator Barbara Boxer on Personal Responsibility

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to ask a question of (former) California senator Barbara Boxer in a public forum.  What follows is a transcript of our exchange.  (I recorded the audio with my phone, but it turned out poorly.  Nevertheless, you can hear the exchange here:  https://soundcloud.com/user-568960187/2017-05-10-0746a.) Me:  Senator Boxer, I'm Nick.  I'm an engineer. … Continue reading A Question Posed to Senator Barbara Boxer on Personal Responsibility

The Risk of Nuclear Incident

The Risk of Nuclear Incident

Nuclear power is often considered the cleanest form of energy [1].  And many credit nuclear bombs for ending Japan's efforts in World War II.  In order to use nuclear technology, though, we are relying on the integrity of our governments to act responsibly.  Let us take a moment to examine some of humanity's track record with nuclear … Continue reading The Risk of Nuclear Incident