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An animal rights group known as the Nonhuman Rights Project filed lawsuits in three New York courts this week in an...
Researchers have been hot on the trail of the elusive Denisovans, a type of ancient human known only by their DNA and...
Thousands of scientists in the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) are about to lose their jobs as a result of the...
Dyslexia, a learning disability that hinders reading, hasn't been associated with deficits in vision, hearing, or...
Exotic, elusive, and dangerous, snakes have fascinated humankind for millennia. They can be hard to find, yet their...
Researchers have sequenced and analyzed the first two snake genomes, which represent two evolutionary extremes. The...
Snake venoms are remarkably complex mixtures that can stun or kill prey within minutes. But more and more researchers...
At age 30, Dutch biologist Freek Vonk has built up a respectable career as a snake scientist. But in his home country,...
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A Critical Eye
1 June 1998 7:30 pm
Yesterday was the 231st anniversary of the birth of Cagniard de Latour, a French experimental physicist who discovered the concept of a critical state. Latour conducted a number of ingenious experiments that proved important to theoretical physics. He is best remembered for a series of tests in which he heated alcohol and other liquids in sealed glass tubes and found that at a certain critical temperature and pressure the curved upper surface of the liquid changed shape. Latour also studied the physics of voice production, estimated the forces involved in bird flight, imitated the formation of minerals in the Earth, and attempted to convert carbon into diamond.
[Source: Trevor I. Williams, Ed., A Biographical Dictionary of Scientists (John Wiley & Sons, ed. 3, New York, 1982)]