On Light from Pickles, and Pickle on Light

Two papers for your consideration, with the opportunity to find relationships between them: Light from Pickles (and Other Sources) “Characterization of Organic Illumination Systems,” Bill Hamburgen, Jeff Mogul, Brian Reid, Alan Eustace, Richard Swan, Mary Jo Doherty, and Joel Bartlett, Western Digital Laboratory Technical Note TN-13, April 1, 1989. (Thanks to Richard Holstein for bringing […]

Stirring the Porridge with Albert E. [investigation]

Can that act of stirring porridge provide insights into the puzzle of light’s quantum wave/particle duality? Photographer / author David Gepp (pron. ‘jep’) explains how – citing : 1) An encounter with Professor Jacques Mandelbrojt (cousin of Benoit Mandelbrot, of fractals fame) 2) Various contemplations of Albert Einstein’s gedankenexperiments (thought experiments) 3) The experience of […]

The photovoltaic effect of “ferroelectric” bananas [new study]

Building on the work of Prof. James F. Scott, FRS of the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge UK, who showed that : “[…] ordinary bananas exhibit closed loops of switched charge versus applied voltage that are nearly identical to those misinterpreted as ferroelectric hysteresis loops in crystals.” See: ‘Hysterical ferroelectric banana misinterpretations’, November, 2015) Muhammad Ismail and colleagues […]

Stripes painted on the body protect against blood-sucking insects

The Swedish and Hungarian researchers who won an Ig Nobel Prize (in 2016) for discovering why white-haired horses are the most horsefly-proof horses, and for discovering why dragonflies are fatally attracted to black tombstones have published a new study, extending their work—to use painted stripes to protect human life. A report in Forskning, in Swedish, explains […]