How to Make a Tornado: The strange and wonderful things that happen when scientists break free (New Scientist)

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'Science', writes O'Hare, 'can fire the imagination like nothing else. And sometimes it's daft'. Drawn from the archives of New Scientist, here are some of the dafter experiments, with reports of research in every area of scientific endeavour - from nuclear physics (plans, in 1957, for an atomic-powered train) to medical research (the orgasmatron implant for sexual dysfunction) and space travel (how to dispose of astronauts' underpants).

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This playful collection ... provides an absorbing commuter read ... casting a light on the wackier side of science and invention (Arifa Akbar Independent 2009-10-09)

Witty anthology of oddities and oddballs (Saga Magazine)

Fascinating, intelligent and funny (Michael Jones Independent 2009-11-14)

Fantastically dry humour ... will satisfy anyone with a thirst for the excesses of scientific creativity (Rupert van den Broek Independent on Sunday 2009-11-29)

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