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Travelling Gnome Studying Earth's Varying Gravity
2012-03-25 05:39:18

A globetrotting garden gnome isn't merely wandering from place to place on a sightseeing tour -- it is actually part of a precision scale manufacturer's attempt to illustrate the changes in gravity that can occur depending on which part of the Earth a person (or lawn ornament) calls home. According to LiveScience reporter Stephanie Pappas, the project is a collaboration between Kern & Sohn and schools and research centers throughout the globe in order to show how the gnome's weight...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'