June 10, 2004


In the Guardian's Honey, I shrank the motor, Philip Ball meets the man who met Richard Feynman's 1959 challenge to build "an operating electric motor which is only 1/64th inch cubed".

Bill McLennan achieved the feat and made ten of these machines but sadly, forty years on, they are no more:

"They've all met their demise," McLellan added wistfully - but perhaps none with quite as much bathos as the one he lent to the BBC. It was to be shown to viewers by filming it through a microscope. But as the BBC technician lowered the lens towards the device, he misjudged the distance and squashed it like an ant.

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June 04, 2004

The flying Dutch frog

I've been to Technorati and I'm a bit surprised no-one is linking to this, as noted by the Guardian's Bad Science column: floating frogs, strawberries and grasshoppers. There's a great explanation of how it works too. (Best with broadband, I suppose)

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May 27, 2004

DNA study finds chihuahuas aren't dogs

What more can I say? The Watley Review

Thanks to Suw Charman for making me aware of this. Anyone told Rentokil?

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April 09, 2004

We regret to announce

Timmy the tortoise dies aged 160

As Secretary of that most secretive but august organisation, the Society of Tims, I regretfully announce the death of our oldest member following an innings his contemporary W.G.Grace would have been proud of.

A real gent.

April 9, 2004 in Science | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack