Comment 5RAE Re: google define:attenuation


Boeing granted patent for force field


google define:attenuation (Score: 1)

by on 2015-03-24 15:52 (#5MRW)

  1. In physics, attenuation (in some contexts also called extinction) is the gradual loss in intensity of any kind of flux through a medium. For instance, sunlight is attenuated by dark glasses, X-rays are attenuated by lead, and light and sound are attenuated by water.
Was there some problem with saying "Boeing gets patent for a shockwave attenuation system?"

So it's not force nor field. It is a system for damping a shockwave.

I hope that pipedot readers can handle the big words. And for those that can't, I hope they don't submit articles.

Re: google define:attenuation (Score: 1)

by on 2015-03-24 16:51 (#5MXX)

"shock wave attenuation system" just sounds like attaching a bit of padding... Nothing to indicate this is new and unusual. Headlines are necessarily going to be oversimplifications.

Re: google define:attenuation (Score: 1)

by on 2015-03-25 21:40 (#5RAE)

Sure, but 'force field'? There was really no point in making the headline less accurate.

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