Science: Academicians

High lights of the National Academy of Sciences convention last week in Washington:

Electric Animals. Anatomist Harold Saxton Burr of Yale last week showed motion pictures of himself spinning an embryo salamander on a turntable. He was not spinning it in order to make the unborn salamander dizzy — but to show that its tiny body possessed a sort of electrical shadow, that it could be used like a piece of electrical apparatus. The spinning salamander induced a feeble electric current in a wire, just as a big steam generator creates a big current.

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