One of the things I do for a living is edit the GlobalSpec Wire&Cable Technology newsletter. As such, I read a lot of online publications, including Electric Light&Power. They often have articles on advances in power cables.
Recently, they’ve also run some articles that I think would be interesting to radio amateurs:
- Silver conductive epoxy. This is a new product announcement for Master Bond EP12TDCS-LO, an electrically-conductive, silver-filled epoxy. There’s no price information, and it’s probably pretty expensive, but it might be useful for some ham radio applications.
- The 7 Myths of CFL technology. This article address seven of the most commonly misconceptions about compact fluorescent lights, such as dimmable CFLs being hard to find and CFLs causing annoying flicker.
- Scientists: U.S. nuclear power industry still not viable. This news item reports on a report by the Union of Concerned Scientists that contends that nuclear power is still not viable without billions in government subsidies. It reports,
Pending and proposed subsidies for new nuclear reactors would shift even more costs and risks from the industry to taxpayers and ratepayers. The Obama administration’s new budget proposal would provide an additional $36 billion in federal loan guarantees to underwrite new reactor construction, bringing the total amount of nuclear loan guarantees to a staggering $58.5 billion, leaving taxpayers on the hook if the industry defaults on these loans.