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Experiments you can eat!…

From io9, “Use Your Microwave to Measure the Speed of Light“…

Can your microwave oven really measure the speed of light? Yes, it can be done. And since many of the suggested experiments also involve chocolate, it will be done. Oh yes, it will be done.

Step-by-step instructions (and an accessible account of the physics involved) here.

Also from io9, “A Drug That Causes One Animal’s Brain to Transform Into Another.”– “Does this mean you could treat a chimp embryo and make its brain human? Possibly – as long as you started very early in the process of development.”  Fascinating.

And further to yesterday’s Evolution Timeline, a tee-shirt that sums up the whole process concisely:

As we say “Hello, Mr. Wizard,” we might recall that it was on this date in in 1671 that Thomas Blood, an Irish Colonel and a “noted bravo and desperado,” dressed as a clergyman and attempted to steal the Crown Jewels from the Tower of London.

Blood was frustrated in the attempt, apprehended, and taken in chains before King Charles.  Despite the attempted robbery, prior involvements in kidnapping and attempted murder, and the fact that Blood had forsaken the Royalist cause for the Roundheads, the King not only pardoned Blood, but endowed him with land in Ireland.  Blood died of natural causes nine years later.

Thomas Blood

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