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Protecting furry pets from static electricity during thunderstorms [new patent]
Protecting furry pets from static electricity during thunderstorms [new patent] ● Earthing mats (a.k.a. ElectroStatic Discharge – Safe Mats) are commonplace in the electronics industry, where sensitive components need to be protected against potentially damaging rogue electrostatic discharges (ESDs). Not so common, though, for protecting furry pets in the home. But this may now have changed. Inventors Thomas J. Gaskill (Haddonfield, ... [ click to read full item ]
Associations : Moonlight up | Crime up [new study]
Associations : Moonlight up | Crime up [new study] ● On a broad, bright, moonlit* night would you expect outdoor crime rates to be higher or lower than on an overcast night with little or no moonlight? Numerous investigations have shown that, as a general rule, increasing environmental light levels can lead to a decrease in outdoor crime rates. By ... [ click to read full item ]
Optimising one’s arm-swing whilst walking – a cost/benefit analysis [new study]
Optimising one’s arm-swing whilst walking – a cost/benefit analysis [new study] ● “Humans tend to swing their arms when they walk, a curious behaviour since the arms play no obvious role in bipedal gait. It might be costly to use muscles to swing the arms, and it is unclear whether potential benefits elsewhere in the body would justify such costs.” If you’re ... [ click to read full item ]

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