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All posts from: November 2009
Merlin’s collection of geological specimens includes some quartz crystals and a small geode of amethyst. Quartz crystals can be made to vibrate at specific frequencies, and this property is used in accurate time keeping. The watch on your wrist is likely to contain a quartz crystal.
Recently, Merlin took the opportunity to visit the Bowes Museum at Barnard Castle, Northumberland. One of the great attractions of this museum is its splendid pair of Canalettos, showing scenes on the Grand Canal in Venice in the 1730s.
The refusal of many parents to accept vaccination for their children is an interesting sociological phenomenon as well as a source of great concern to the health services.
Across the road from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s headquarters is the former church of St-Mary-at-Lambeth.
As the old saying goes, “Time flies like an arrow, but fruit flies like a banana.” Today I am going to write about fruit flies, tiny flying insects that do indeed love bananas but are also partial to other fruits and vegetables once they are past their prime and starting to rot.
You probably think you have read more than enough about Charles Darwin during his bicentenary year, but you are not getting away that easily because next Tuesday, 24 November (2009), is the sesquicentenary of the publication of his most famous book, ‘On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or The Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life’.
In February (2009), “Merlin” wrote about “phylum feasts” — celebrations held on Charles Darwin’s birthday at which participants eat meals comprising as many different organisms as possible (PJ, 7 February 2009, p142).
My colleague Merlin recently described the way in which finger and palm print records might provide markers for impaired fetal development and how both fingerprint whorls and a narrow palmar angle could be associated with hypertension in later life (PJ, 17 October 2009, p427).
Today, 14 November, is World Diabetes Day. The date for the primary global awareness campaign for the condition was chosen because it marks the birthday of Frederick Banting who, along with Charles Best, is credited with the discovery of insulin in 1921.
German-speaking nations celebrate Inventors’ Day on 9 November, which is the birthday of actress Hedy Lamarr, the glamorous and seductive star of many Hollywood movies of the 1940s.
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