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The only thing loony about Google’s project Loon is the helium.

Google’s project Loon  may be our best chance at saving the planet. Free access to humanity’s collective knowledge will do more than anything to assist those in 3rd world countries to help themselves,, and to inform those of us in the 1st world how bad things really are. The irony of Loon may be the “Balloon-powered” part of the “internet for all” slogan.

The balloons used in Loon are inflated with helium, yes the same gas filling in your party balloons, that is truly a depleting planetary resource. Helium cannot be created by any process besides nuclear reactions, in the sun or deep in the earth, and has escape velocity. … » More …

3 Rules for Engineering Communication

What if I told you that the key to effective communication lies in following just three simple rules? I’ve found that the following three rules tend to correct the majority of engineering communication problems, and indicate when I consume information:




I haven’t seen these rules elsewhere, so let’s expand on each. I’m going to use the Spiral v-Meme value taxonomy to apply each rule on many value levels.

1) Relevancy — to the audience. Indicators of relevance depend on audience and include one or more (if not all) of the following:

Story/fable approach (“…and that’s why we no longer … » More …

Introducing HYPER Laboratory online


I initiated the HYdrogen Properties for Energy Research (HYPER) laboratory in the school of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Washington State University. I started the HYPER lab in August of 2010 to meet a growing national need for expertise in cryogenic hydrogen in many fields; aerospace, nuclear energy, and clean energy technologies being only a few of the fields. We’ve had an award filled and exemplary start to the laboratory and my goal is to tell that story through ongoing posts and content uploads.

The final motivation for moving my lab’s story to this website was Jason Priem’s commentary in Nature, “Scholarship: Beyond … » More …