How to Make a Tornado
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'Science', writes O'Hare, 'can fire the imagination like nothing else. And sometimes it's daft'. Drawn from the archives of New Scientist, here are some of the dafter experiments, with reports of research in every area of scientific endeavour – from nuclear physics (plans, in 1957, for an atomic-powered train) to medical research (the orgasmatron implant for sexual dysfunction) and space travel (how to dispose of astronauts' underpants).