Safety in Mines1


    IT is satisfactory to note from the Fifth Annual Report of the Safety in Research Board, just issued, that researches of an important character are being actively pursued and especially that the Board appears to be taking a wider view of its duties than was at one time the case. It has been pointed out more than once that the tendency of the Research Board was to trust too implicitly to laboratory investigations, and that as an almost necessary consequence many of the researches were confined to chemical or physico-chemical problems. What is particularly needed to-day is investigation of mechanical problems. These are of such a nature that their proper investigation can be carried out only in the pit, and laboratory work can do little more than give an indication of the direction in which the researches would need to be prosecuted.

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    Safety in Mines1. Nature 120, 249–250 (1927).

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