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peaker plant

peaker plant  n.— «Our natural gas fueled electricity generating facilities are commonly referred to as “peaker” plants. Our plants are used to balance unexpected short term surges in demand, making them critical to the...

black starting

black starting  n.— «The loss of four major transmission lines from Hawaiian Electric’s Kahe power plant last night triggered an island-wide blackout.…HECO was woking last night to restart its generators at Kahe and Waiau, a process...

ghost box

ghost box  n.— «I know it sounds crazy, and I know the ghost box is radio based and all sorts of sounds can come through, so it’s only logical to say that people are making words and sentences out of bits and pieces of radio transmission...

Mottness

Mottness  n.— «Understanding the detailed mechanism for how quantum traffic jams (technically referred to as “Mottness” after the late Sir Neville Mott of Cambridge, UK) impact superconductivity in cuprates may point scientists...

snapback

snapback  n.— «The turning on of the bipolar transistor results in a drop in voltage, often called bipolar snapback. The bipolar region is characterized by Vsb, the snapback voltage, and the resistance of the snapback region, R. The...

hammer

hammer  n.— «Amateur, or “ham,” radios have connected people worldwide since the early 1900s. The device might seem technologically outdated, but it’s far from forgotten.…Sunday was not only a special day for fathers but...

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