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Blood money

The smell of coins. I can’t resist blogging this. It’s science. The signature metallic smell of a handful of coins isn’t the scent of pure metal. According to Virginia Tech organic chemist Dietmar Glindemann, most people wouldn’t even recognize the acrid smell of a vat of copper. But in a recent experiment, Glindemann showed that…

Make money fast

It’s hard to believe but apparently people are still falling for the Nigerian email scam. Reuters has a story saying it is costing millions to UK residents and I’m guessing the same is true in the US. Since you are no doubt reading this on a computer and are therefore hooked up to the internet…

I’m guessing few of you have heard of the physician, Robert Mayer. After all, he lived more than 150 years ago. Yet he is a discoverer of one of Nature’s great laws, the First Law of Thermodynamics (otherwise known as Conservation of Energy). A strange topic for this site? My attention was drawn to it…

Shelley: England in 1819

Most of us think of Percy Bysshe Shelley as a romantic poet concerned with love and beauty. He was, of course. But he was also a fierce fighter for liberty and foe of unbridled political power. His target in this sonnet was King George: England In 1819 An old, mad, blind, despised, and dying king,…

Poetic justice or near tragedy. You decide.

With the news of the tragic death of “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin, stabbed through the heart by a stingray while filming a nature program, I was reminded of similar story. Well, maybe not so similar, because the victim was not a committed conservationist like Irwin, but a deep sea fisherman. Which makes a difference, at…

Sleeping on an empty stomach

A weird study of men’s preference for filled out or thin women is said to show that hungry men prefer heavier women than satiated men. [Researchers] recruited male university students as they entered or exited a campus dining hall during dinner time. They asked the men to rate how hungry they were on a scale…

Not the best way to get ahead

When someone found a dead rooster on his Manhattan apartment fire escape, the worried resident sensibly thought something was amiss and called police. If this were Thailand or Indonesia we might be thinking bird flu. But there was a vital clue pointing to a non-viral etiology: the rooster was missing its head. This was a…