Beyond pharmacy blog
All posts from: July 2011
Footler’s first car, a 1955 Hillman Minx convertible, had a starting handle, indicator arms and an engine he could maintain himself with a few basic tools. Its design and construction probably had more in common with the Panhard driven by Alfred Vacheron in the 1894 Paris–Rouen road race than with today’s highly engineered machines.
The coming few weeks (roughly from mid-July until the end of August) are often described as the silly season. Why? Because news tends to be sparse and the tabloids compete for readers by publishing petty stories under attention-grabbing headlines.
Dolphins are thought to be the most intelligent animals on Earth apart from humans. But could they actually outshine us? After all, some of them have learnt to recognise many human words, in their correct context, but no human has been clever enough to learn any “dolphinese”.
Good news stories are hard to find these days. So Ode magazine, (“the online community for intelligent optimists”) has been forced to work harder to find articles with a positive spin. Its editor came up with the idea of an algorithm that could sense the tone of daily news and sort the uplifting stories from those of woe and despair.
An article last year in The Review of Economics and Statistics reported that the least attractive people are 1.5 per cent more likely to have committed robbery, 2.2 per cent more likely to have committed assault and 3 per cent more likely to have sold drugs. The study concluded that “ugly people need a bit less condemnation and a bit more understanding”.
Avogadro’s Law, which Amedeo Avogadro proposed in 1811, states that the relationship between masses of the same volume of different gases (at the same temperature and pressure) corresponds to the relationship between their respective molecular weights. Hence the relative molecular mass of a gas can be calculated from the mass of a sample of known volume.