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Double helix conductors and their ‘extraordinary promise’ (new patents)

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

Medical Energetics Ltd. of Galway, Ireland, has just been granted (Nov. 2018) a US patent for the invention of ‘Agricultural applications of a double helix conductor’ (DHC)
The extraordinariness of which can probably only be appreciated by reading the patent document [click link or image above].

The company has also applied for another patent (March 2017) in which the DHC relates to humans rather than plants : ‘Health Applications of a Double Helix Conductor’

In this case, the DHC can be connected to an audio amplifier which can replay previously recorded sound samples into the coils :

“For example, sound signals having one or more specific frequencies, waveforms, waveshapes, and/or amplitudes may have regenerative effects and/or other health effects. In some embodiments, the sounds may include human voices producing one or more of the following sounds: “Om,” “Uh,” Όοο,”, “Oh,” “Ah,” “Eye,” “Aye,” “Eee,” and/or other sounds and/or phrases.”

Note: The Irish company is likely to be an affiliate of, or associated with, or linked in some way to Medical Energetics USA Inc. of San Diego, California, US, which holds a series of patents for Double Helix Conductor (DHC) devices.

“Medical Energetics has explored and protected a broad variety of applications of the DHC technology —including applications of the double helix design in diabetic neuropathy and stem cell therapy — and other novel applications in agriculture and material science that show extraordinary promise.”

[ Research research by Martin Gardiner ]

Abulziement and Abusion

Wednesday, December 12th, 2018

Abulziement and Abusion can each be found in James B. Montgomerie-Fleming‘s Notes on Jamieson’s Scottish Dictionary,  published by W. Hodge in 1899.

Here is a photograph of Major James B. Montgomerie-Fleming displaying his knees. This photo was taken during Major Montgomerie-Fleming’s lifetime. One might note that Major Montgomerie-Fleming’s left and right hands are not displayed:

Adding broccoli powder to coffee—A new taste sensibility

Tuesday, December 11th, 2018

“Green, nutrient-rich coffees may be on the horizon after researchers have developed a powder made from imperfect-looking broccoli that would have previously been wasted,” says a press release sent out earlier this year by CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency. Mary Ann Augustin is the lead researcher on the experiment.

Ashitha Nagesh wrote an essay about this for BBC3, with the headline: “Broccoli coffee: the new health trend nobody asked for—Please don’t make us drink this.”

(Thanks to Vaughn Tan for bringing this to our attention.)

Broccoli and coffee may be an unusual combination, but so was the combination some decades ago of Broccoli and James Bond, which turned out to be appetizing and lucrative for many people.

BONUS: For an even more full-bodied experience, consult the 1990 University of Copenhagen study “Cytochrome P450 IA2 activity in man measured by caffeine metabolism: effect of smoking, broccoli and exercise.”

The Paper Clip: Its Various Uses in Medicine

Tuesday, December 11th, 2018

The Paper Clip Nasal Dilator” is one of several studies featured in the article “The Paper Clip in Medicine,” which is one of the articles in the special Medical Surprises issue of the Annals of Improbable Research, which is one of the 143 issues published so far!

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Recalling Experiments Past – Reciting poetry to a flame to see what happens

Monday, December 10th, 2018

Somewhere round or about the late 1850s, John Tyndall FRS [* see note below] was developing and perfecting his experiments with “Sensitive Flames”. He describes one such experiment in his book ‘Sounds’ (p. 238). In which he reads a passage of poetry from Edmund Spenser’s ‘Belphœbe the Huntress’ to the flame (which he calls The Vowel-flame) and finds it to respond :

“The most marvellous flame hitherto discovered is now before you. It issues from the single orifice of a steatite burner, and reaches a height of 24 inches. The slightest tap on a distant anvil reduces its height to 7 inches….The creaking of my boots puts it in violent commotion, or tearing of a bit of paper, or the rustle of a silk dress, does the same. It is startled by the patter of a raindrop….From a distance of 30 yards I have chirruped to this flame, and caused it to fall and roar. I repeat a passage from Spenser:

Her ivory forehead full of bounty brave,
Like a broad table did itself dispread;
For love his lofty triumphs to engrave,
And write the battles of his great godhead.
All truth and goodness might therein be read,
For there their dwelling was, and when she spake,
Sweet words, like dropping honey she did shed;
And through the pearls and rubies softly brake
A silver sound, which heavenly music seemed to make.

The flame picks out certain sounds from my utterance; it notices some by the slightest nod, to others it bows more distinctly, to some its obeisance is very profound, while to many sounds it turns an entirely deaf ear.”

Tyndall’s book can be read in its entirety here courtesy

* Note: John Tyndall remains the only person in history to have been awarded the ‘Royal Medal’ from the UK’s Royal Society (of which he was a member) and to have turned it down. And in a ‘prickly’ manner no less. See:John Tyndall and the Royal Medal that was never struck’ in Notes and Records – The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science.

[ Research research by Martin Gardiner ]

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