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On a beach in Goa I once observed tiny sand crabs forming perfectly spherical balls out of sand and depositing them around the entrance of their burrows. Observing Nature is not only fun, it inspires and it is said that the Chinese invented paper by copying what wasps did and that flying machines were invented, because humans observed birds and insects. But where did the first wheel-makers get their inspiration from? What could have “got the ball rolling”? Are there any animals or plants that roll or tumble? —>—>

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When Everything is Back-to-Front and Left is Right and Right is Left

One of my Indian wife’s uncles was an engineer (another uncle was a person who exhibited eyeshine when a light was shone into his eyes at night and the children found that quite scary). Anyway, what was so special about the first uncle is related to the time he spent working in Libya. He got sick once, suffering from chest pain, saw the doctor and got a chest x-ray. When the nurse hung the x-ray photo against a light box, the doctor got mad at her and rebuked her for pinning the negative up back to front and that as a nurse she should know better. Overhearing that, this said uncle intervened and remarked that the poor nurse had actually been right, for he had a condition known as “situs inversus. —>—>

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Who Depicted Walking Horses More Accurately: prehistoric or modern artists ?

I’m not at all a great rider and have tried to avoid sitting in the saddle as much as possible. Why? because I’m a little scared of horses for I was once bitten in the face by a horse when I was a child (yes “bitten”, not kicked: horses can and do bite sometimes). However, that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate paintings or photographs of horses and in fact, both of my daughters in Finland were members of a riding club. —>—>