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Nature volume 140, page 457 (11 September 1937) | Download Citation



THE address, "Science in Everyday Life", given at Long Eaton on September 7 in connexion with the Nottingham meeting of the British Association by Dr. J. E. R. Constable, dealt with the more popular side of the activities of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research and the laboratories engaged in research under its auspices. The National Physical Laboratory has, for example, fostered the use of X-rays for the detection of internal defects in steamship and aeroplane propellers, in almost all types of industrial products and in human teeth, and of foreign bodies in packed foods. It has also undertaken the measurement of noise and suggested methods of diminishing noises in buildings by the use of sound-absorbing devices. The Fuel Research Station has been investigating the best methods of getting the most heat and the least smoke from coal, while the Food Investigation Board has been finding out the best methods of keeping foods of all kinds in cold storage for long periods without its deteriorating.

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