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Some Like It Hot! Apr 11,2014

What could be a more everyday scientific instrument than a thermometer? But let’s not forget that hundreds of years ago, a thermometer – a device that can measure temperature – was a cutting-edge piece of technology. Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit, who was born in May 1686, was the Dutch-German physicist ... more

The Renaissance Man Apr 11,2014

If anyone deserves recognition as the archetypal Renaissance man, it’s got to be Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci. Born 562 years ago this month, Leonardo, as most people call him, is celebrated not only as one of the world’s greatest painters but also as a pre-eminent anatomist, mathematician, observational ... more

Can't Get You Out Of My Head! Apr 11,2014

You know that song – the one that goes round and round? You can’t get it out of your head, even though it’s deeply uncool. That’s an earworm! Coined by the German psychiatrist Cornelius Eckert in 1979, an earworm is any catchy fragment of music that continually repeats through a person’s mind even when ... more
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