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09 May 2012

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French conductor

One of the debates at the1864 meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, in Bath, argued whether lightning conductors were better made of iron or copper. A Frenchman burst into the proceedings saying that they were going to solve this problem by building the biggest lightning conductor ever seen.

Curatorial Curiosities

brain coral, <i>Diploria labyrinthiformis</i>

Labyrinthiform Anthozoan: This brain coral, Diploria labyrinthiformis, is a reef building coral from tropical areas of the west Atlantic Ocean. It is a member of the class Anthozoa (a name derived from the latin for "flower-animal") within the phylum Cnidaria (a name derived from the latin for "sea-nettle").