google define:attenuation (Score: 1) by firstname.lastname@example.org on 2015-03-24 15:52 (#5MRW) 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org on 2015-03-25 21:40 (#5RAE) Sure, but 'force field'? There was really no point in making the headline less accurate.