Category Archives: Energy

Energy in physics, thermodynamics, as well as issues in different sources of energy for today and the future.

High Energy Amateur Science – October Meeting

Our High Energy Amateur Science (HEAS) group held its annual conference in early October. Attendees came from around the country and even New Zealand. Many interesting topics were discussed and a few cool demonstrations conducted too. Continue reading…

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High Energy Amateur Science – September Meeting

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Our High Energy Amateur Science (HEAS) group held its September 2013 meeting on a beautiful Sunday in late summer. We discussed many interesting topics and had the “Light the LED” contest; demonstrated an electrostatic motor, diamagnetic levitation and a tuning eye tube. Continue reading…

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Truly Boring Little Projects & Shop Chores

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Here are a few details of the “little projects” and shop chores that tend to occupy my time between longer-term “big projects”. Continue reading…

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An Addendum: Thermoelectric Generator #05

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And you thought I was done. Here we’ll discuss the final testing before moving on to other pursuits. Continue reading…

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Thermoelectric Generator Prototype #05, Part 6

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In this final episode, we’ll discuss the initial system function and performance verification tests of the completed Thermoelectric Generator (TEG), problems and their resolution; and future work. We’ll cover the more mundane aspects such as part numbers for all the components first. Continue reading…

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Thermoelectric Generator Prototype #05, Part 5

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This time, we’ll focus largely on the Output Terminal Board – its layout and assembly. Though we’ll also discuss the DC/DC Converter and mounting the Heat Exchanger briefly. I bet you can hardly wait! Continue reading…

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Thermoelectric Generator Prototype #05, Part 4

This time, we’ll conduct the initial proof-of-principle test and demonstrate Thermoelectric Generator #05 to an audience of real people during one of our monthly science meetings. Continue reading…

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Sound Velocity from Standing Wave Resonance

In this month’s experiment we create constructive interference using only a single source and a reflector. The reflected sound acts as though it came from a second source, much as the reflected light in a mirror acts as though it came from an object behind the mirror. Continue reading…

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Thermoelectric Generator Prototype #05, Part 3

Well, I’m certainly glad you’re back for more exciting details on lapping the copper plates flat and other astounding aspects of building a prototype thermoelectric generator. Continue reading…

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Wyoming teen who built fusion reactor disqualified from science fair on technicality

Conrad Farnsworth demonstrates the fusion reactor he hand-built in his father's garage in Newcastle.

A Wyoming high school student who built a nuclear reactor in his dad’s garage was disqualified from the International Science and Engineering Fair this month on a technicality. Continue reading…

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