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Are you more likely to give birth on a full moon?

I have been attending ante-natal classes recently and, although I greatly appreciated our teacher, I found myself skeptical about some of her claims.  For example, our instructor was adamant that it is more likely to give birth during a full … Continue reading

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Which way round do the pedals go?

Since my last post was cycle related, I thought I would share the most fiendish problem regarding bikes that I have come across so far, courtesy of one my colleagues from Southampton (GR!).  It has resurfaced with a colleague at … Continue reading

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Times cycle campaign

I invite you guys to subscribe to the Times’ cycle campaign to make British roads safer for cyclist.

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Making a “hovering box” in Tkinter

I have found myself programming GUIs recently using python and Tkinter. I was particularly interested in the providing users with help by creating hover boxes that display a certain message when the mouse is hovering over a certain widget. I … Continue reading

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Poor Mr Boole

Numerical integration is awfully useful. Most of us will remember the trapezoid rule that we learn at school, where the function we are integrating is substituted by a straight line and the integral as estimated as the are under the … Continue reading

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Antiparticles and Solar Cells: what’s the connection?

The answer is: the Dirac sea. Paul Dirac developed a quantum mechanical theory of the electron which is compatible with special relativity. In order to satisfy special relativity, the energy of the electron must satisfy the following equation: where E … Continue reading

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What is the most efficient way to boil water?

Today, an experimental post. I was wondering what is the most efficient way to boil water, using a kettle or boiling on the gas hob? In order to determine this, I decided to knuckle down and experiment (for those of … Continue reading

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