Peter.D.Riley

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Our future depends on exploring all the frontiers of science, on innovative technologies based on these explorations and on the development of scientific literacy in all peoples through science education.

You’d be able to see far with this week’s curiosity

Last week’s curiosity was King Alfred’s cake, a fungus that grows on dead trees. According to legend, King Alfred the Great was hiding out in a countryside cottage during a war. He was told to remove the cakes from the oven, but fell asleep and burned them instead. The fungus is said to resemble a burned cake.

This week, can you identify this old piece of scientific equipment? There’s a clue in the title of this post.

What's this curiosity?

What's this curiosity?



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