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  Chapter 4:

Striking At The Heat In The Night

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  • 4.1 Dead rattlesnakes  update Jun 2009
  • 4.2 Fire-detecting beetles
  • 4.3 Bees kill hornet   update Oct 2007
  • 4.4 Huddling animals   update Feb 2009
  • 4.5 Space walking without a spacesuit    update Jan 2014
  • 4.6 Drops on a hot skillet, fingers in molten lead    update Nov 2006  Apr 2007  May 2007
  • 4.7 Short Story: A rather dreadful swallow
  • 4.8 Walking over hot coals
  • 4.9 Short Story: Fire-walking accounts
  • 4.10 Freezing and supercooling water
  • 4.11 Eating sea ice     update Oct 2006
  • 4.12 Cooling rates of initially hot and warm water  update Jul 2009
  • 4.13 Water frozen by the sky
  • 4.14 Saving the stored vegetables with a tub of water
  • 4.15 Spraying an orchard to preventing freezing
  • 4.16 Throwing hot water into very cold air    update Feb 2008
  • 4.17 Icicles    update Jan 2007   Feb 2011
  • 4.18 Ice dams at eaves     update May 2012
  • 4.19 Rime ice and glaze ice on cables
  • 4.20 Ice spikes and other ice formations  update Aug 2010
  • 4.21 Cloudy ice cubes
  • 4.22 Figures inside melting ice
  • 4.23 Freezing of ponds and lakes
  • 4.24 Freezing carbonated drinks   update Dec 2008
  • 4.25 Bursting pipes
  • 4.26 Touching or licking a cold pipe  update Mar 2010
  • 4.27 Bumps in winter, pingos in permafrost
  • 4.28 Arctic ice polygons
  • 4.29 Growing stones in a garden, and patterned ground
  • 4.30 Ploughing boulders
  • 4.31 Short Story: Dead-cat bomb and a frozen disappearance
  • 4.32 Snowflake formation
  • 4.33 Skiing
  • 4.34 Ice skating and making a snowball
  • 4.35 Ice walking
  • 4.36 Igloos
  • 4.37 Snowrollers     update Jan 2008
  • 4.38 Snow avalanche
  • 4.39 Patterns formed by melting snow
  • 4.40 Salting icy sidewalks
  • 4.41 Homemade ice cream
  • 4.42 Drinking hot coffee, eating hot pizza
  • 4.43 Boiling water
  • 4.44 Boiling an egg
  • 4.45 Cooking in a stove or over flames
  • 4.46 Campfire cooking
  • 4.47 Cooking pizza
  • 4.48 Heating in a microwave oven     update June 2013
  • 4.49 Popping popcorn   update Feb 2012
  • 4.50 Cooking scrambled eggs
  • 4.51 Geysers and coffee percolators
  • 4.52 Toy putt-putt boat   update Jan 2011
  • 4.53 Thermal effects on lengths
  • 4.54 Collapse of railroad storage tank    update Feb 2009
  • 4.55 Drying of hanging laundry
  • 4.56 Warm coats
  • 4.57 Warm plants
  • 4.58 Polar-bear hairs
  • 4.59 Black robes and black sheep in the desert
  • 4.60 Cooling rate of a cup of coffee
  • 4.61 Cool water from porous pottery    update Nov 2010
  • 4.62 Dunking bird
  • 4.63 Short Story: Large dunking birds
  • 4.64 Heat pipes and potato stickers
  • 4.65 Foggy mirrors
  • 4.66 Condensation on eyeglasses
  • 4.67 Water collection in arid regions
  • 4.68 Mud cracks
  • 4.69 Inflating juice containers on airplanes
  • 4.70 Inflating bubbles and balloons
  • 4.71 Making cakes at high altitudes
  • 4.72 Champagne in a tunnel
  • 4.73 Short story: Stuck in a bottle
  • 4.74 Wintertime thunder
  • 4.75 Stack plumes
  • 4.76 Smoke signals and mushroom clouds
  • 4.77 Fire in a fireplace
  • 4.78 A candle flame  update Mar 2011
  • 4.79 Spraying a fire
  • 4.80 Cooking oil fires     update Nov 2007
  • 4.81 Brush fires and forest fires
  • 4.82 Firestorms    update Oct 2012
  • 4.83 Temperature regulation in mounds and buildings
  • 4.84 Warmth of greenhouses and closed cars
  • 4.85 Heat islands
  • 4.86 Rubber-band thermodynamics
  • 4.87 The foehn and the chinook
  • 4.88 The boiling water ordeal
  • 4.89 Energy in a heated room
  • 4.90 Icehouse orientation
  • 4.91 A radiometer toy and its reversal
  • 4.92 Water wells and storms
  • 4.93 Insect and shrimp plumes       Click on new to get the following new items (not in the book)
  • 4.94 Rubber bands and the direction of time  Oct 2006
  • 4.95 Tunnel fires   Jan 2007
  • 4.96 Frost circles and the danger of sinkholes  Jan 2007
  • 4.97 Cooking on sidewalks and dashboards   Aug 2007
  • 4.98 Baked Alaska and frozen Florida   Dec 2007
  • 4.99 A cartoon, MIT, and corn starch  Feb 2010
  • 4.101 Cell phones popping popcorn  Mar 2010
  • 4.102 Lava lamps  July 2010
  • 4.103 Pub trick --- making a coin rattle  Sep 2010
  • 4.104 Pub trick --- lifting shot glass with the palm  Sep 2011
  • 4.105 Pub trick --- burnt wood stick   Mar 2012
  • 4.106 Solar prominences and filaments   Feb 2012
  • 4.107 Setting fire to an orange    July 2012
  • 4.108 Pub trick --- wine moving up into an inverted glass     Apr 2013   
  • 4.109 Exploding manholes    May 2013
  • 4.110 Pub trick -- picking up a shot glass with your hand    Nov 2012
  • 4.111 Window frost flowers   Feb 2014
  • Chapter 1Slipping Between Falling Drops(MOTION)
  • Chapter 2Racing On The Ceiling, Swimming Through Syrup(FLUIDS)
  • Chapter 3Hiding Under The Covers, Listening For The Monsters(SOUND)
  • Chapter 4Striking At The Heat In The Night(THERMAL PROCESS)
  • Chapter 5Ducking First A Flash And Then A Roar (ELECTRICITY AND MAGNETISM)
  • Chapter 6Splashing Colors Everywhere, Like A Rainbow(OPTICS)
  • Chapter 7Armadillos Dancing Against A Swollen Moon(VISION)
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