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Recalling Experiments Past – Reciting poetry to a flame to see what happens
Recalling Experiments Past – Reciting poetry to a flame to see what happens ● Somewhere round or about the late 1850s, John Tyndall FRS [* see note below] was developing and perfecting his experiments with “Sensitive Flames”. He describes one such experiment in his book ‘Sounds’ (p. 238). In which he reads a passage of poetry from Edmund Spenser’s ‘Belphœbe the Huntress’ to the flame ... [ click to read full item ]
Analysing Pointless Banter
Analysing Pointless Banter ● ‘Pointless’ is a poular TV quiz-show series currently aired in the UK by the BBC. It’s hosted by Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman, whom, along with the contestants, often engage in a spot of banter. [If you’re not familiar with the show, here’s an episode.] This banter specifically features in ... [ click to read full item ]
Why don’t ice skaters get swollen hands? An hypothesis
Why don’t ice skaters get swollen hands? An hypothesis ● If you were to take part in a prolonged inline roller-skate street journey involving the rhythmic swaying and waving of your outstretched arms in a circular arc, you might end up suffering from oedema (a.k.a. edema). As did Doctor Sody Naimer [pictured] of the Department of Emergency Medicine, Neve Dekalim, ... [ click to read full item ]

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