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Mr Atkinson was the normal lecturer to this class and he had noticed that in referring to the dual purpose of the demonstration I used the phrase “. . ” After the explosion to my surprise a pigeon fell with a bloody splash on to a large white paper on the bench-our lecture room is very high. I tried to resolve the situation by saying “Well although Mr. Atkinson isn’t lecturing to you today he appears to be behind the scenes somewhere. ” Immediately a second pigeon splashed on the bench! Whether this was due to a slip up in Atkinson’s mechanical arrangements or to his brilliant anticipation of how I would react I don’t really know but I always give him the credit of the second explanation.
As the war went on the Germans gradually found ways of distinguishing between echoes from metal foil packets and those from aircraft. The packets, for example, resonated to one particular frequency, and therefore they had a relatively poor response to another frequency. If two radar stations watched on widely separate frequencies, a genuine aircraft echo would be present on both, whereas the foil echo would appear only on one. The foil could, of course, be cut to different lengths, but as the number of frequencies was increased, the amount of foil needed was greater.
They are five miles high. Is it not excessively cold there ? Are they not covered with eternal snow ? SAMUDA: I assure you, you are in error. It is always beautifully fine there, and so warm that you would not complain after you had been there a little while (Aside) Anyone would be frozen to death in a few hours. SHAREHOLDERS: Why, Laplace, Mr. Herapath, and philosophers generally say the heat decreases rapidly as we ascend in the atmosphere; and Mr. Herapath has written that it should be 32' below freezing at the top of the mountains.