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the arteries of the brain in the class Aves : F. E. regions in the North Tes
from the Uganda Protectorate. For
viously known as Asystasia africans, Gowland, president, in the chair.-Exhibition of native
also is in the collection, a new geau dances and ceremonies from the Torres Straits : Dr. A. C.
posed. A considerable percentage of Haddon, F.R.S. The exhibition was illustrated by lantern
plants is a feature of the Protectorate slides and kinematograph films, and dealt with the
known, and worthy of mention is the ". Malu ceremony, secular dances, and fire-making South African element. by a rotary method. Dr. C. S. Myers sang several cf the native songs, which
CAMBRIDGE. sung at the dances, and accompanied himself
native drum.-Dog- Philosophical Society, January 30.-P. motive in Bornean design : E. B. Haddon. The methods of F.R.S., president, in the chair.--On the no tattooing are constant among the tribes of Borneo, and most grays; Prof. Thomson, F.R.S. Experime of the patterns are derived from the Kenyah and Kayan in which the electrifications imparted to tribes. The different patterns are all derived from the dog- made of thin brass, one of them hollow motive. The rosette pattern, for instance, which is tattooed with lead, were measured. The cylinders on the shoulders of the men, is directly derived from the eye connection and were symmetrically placed i cf a dog, although the Iban tribe, who have adopted the from which the air was exhausted. The cyl pattern, call it by the name of various fruits and flowers. posed alternately to the y rays of radium The conventional tattoo pattern found on the firearms of measurement of the charges received by th Kenyah and Kayan men in Sarawak, although modified out cluded that the electrifications observed when of all recognition, is also clearly derived from the same a body are not due to a charge on they source, as it is named asu, which means dog ; from this charge carried by secondary Brays excited by same pattern a series can be traced to the Iban pattern, they fall on the body or on the walls of the which is said to represent a scorpion, Kala, but was clearly it.-Are metals made radio-active by the influe. originally a dog. Similarly the so-called prawn pattern, radiation ? Prof. Thomson, F.R.S. From l'dang, was shown to be derived from the dog-motive. made on lead, brass, and tin it was shown that Royal Meteorological Society, February 15.- Mr. R.
after exposure to radium radiation, exhibit no to
activity four minutes after the radiation has Tentley, president, in the chair.- Report on the phenological observations for the year 1904 : E. Mawley. The weather
upon them ; there was no evidence of induced cf the phenological year ending with November, 1904, was
kind, but the method used was not adapted chiefly remarkable for the persistent rains in January and
existence of a very short-lived radio-activity: February, the absence of keen frosts in May, the long con.
done by Prof. Bumstead by a method described tinuance of hot and dry weather in July, and the small rain
paper.–Are metals made radio-active by the
radium radiation ? Prof. Bumstead. "The fall during the autumn. Throughout the year wild plants came into flower behind their usual dates, but at no period
described formed a continuation of those report were the departures from the average exceptional.
Thomson, and were designed to ascertain
Such spring migrants as the swallow, cuckoo, and nightingale
secondary rays given out by a surface exposed to
rays of radium persisted for a very short time made their appearance in this country at as nearly as possible their usual time. The yield of wheat per acre was the
exposure to the exciting rays had ceased. A ro
was used and four substances were tested, viz. do smallest since 1895, while those of barley, beans, and peas were also deficient. On the other hand, there were good
tin, and blotting-paper which had been soaked in
of uranium nitrate and then dried. The inter crops of oats, potatoes, and mangles. The best farm crops of the year were, however, those of hay, swedes, and
exposure to the rays from 30 mg. of pure radius turnips. Both corn and hay were harvested in excellent
and the subsequent test for residual activity was condition. Apples were everywhere abundant, and all the
0.009 second ; and no rays capable of penetrating small fruits yielded well, especially strawberries, but there
air and 0.00005 cm. of aluminium were detecte was only a moderate supply of pears and plums.--Ob.
were present they must have been considerably"
than those given out by a layer of potassium un scrvations of meteorological elements made during a balloon as ent at Berlin on September 1, 1904 : Dr. H. Elias and
phate with a surface-density of one milligram J. H. Field.--The winds of East London, Cape Colony :
centimetre.-- Note on the positive leak from hot j. R. Sutton.
air : 0. W. Richardson. Experiments showing
rate of discharge of positive electricity by a plat Linnean Society, February 16.-Prof. S. H. Vines, F.R.S., which had been heated in air long enough for the vice-president, in the chair.-A revised classification of become steady, consists of two parts, one propa roses : J. G. Baker, F.R.S. The author dealt with the and the other independent of, the pressure. Som genus by dividing it into three groups. In the first group of increasing the spark length of the Wimshurs pri nary species were enumerated; in the second, sub-| B. J. Palmer. species and varieties; in the third, the principal hybrids. February 13.--Prof. Marshall Ward, preside The primary species as estimated by the author are sixty-chair.--Orthogonal and other special systems of nine in number, and they are classified under eleven groups. part j. : Major P. A. MacMahon, F.R.S. In The geographical distribution can be very briefly stated as orthogonal concomitants are discussed by means follows :-Five species are found south of the Tropic of bolic calculus with imaginary umbræ. For a bio Cancer in elevated situations, two in Abyssinia, one in the of any given order, the author finds an inferior Neilgherries, and two in Mexico. There are six geographical maximum degree of an irreducible covariant of
belonging to it : a superior limit is also found in certain being the uncia, or ounce, and other weights related cases. For the first three degrees of the concomitants, for thereto : F. A. Bruton.-A direct determination of the a quantic of any order, the actual number of irreducible atomic weight of chlorine by burning a known weight of concomitants is found ; and hence the number of funda- hydrogen in a known weight of chlorine : Prof. H. B. mental syzygies is inferred. Tables of ground-forms are Dixon, F.R.S., and E. C. Edgar. The hydrogen was given for quantics of order 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 respectively:- occluded in palladium and so weighed; the chlorine was Reduction of generating functions by means of complex prepared by the electrolysis of silver chloride, and was integration : G. B. Mathews, F.R.S. It is shown in this weighed in the liquid state. The atomic weight comes out note how a class of generating functions which occur in the about 35.192, higher than the accepted number by 0.012. theory of invariants, and in that of the partition of num- This higher value is of interest in view of the recent (unbers, may be reduced by means of Cauchy's calculus of published) work of Prof. Theodore Richards, of Harvard, residues.
who obtains a value 0.019 higher than the accepted
atomic weight.-On the occurrence in Britain of the Pacific DUBLIN.
eider (Somateria v-nigrum, Gray), a species new to the Royal Irish Academy, February 13. — Prof. R. Atkinson, European avifauna : C. Oldham.—Some habits of bats, president, in the chair.- Verb functions explicit with special reference to the lesser horse-shoe bat (Rhinooperations, with notes the solution of equations lophus hipposiderus) : C. Oldham. Proofs were given that by operative division : Major Ronald Rose, C.B., F.R.S. the hibernation of these animals is not continuous, but If any expression is being considered as the result of an
interrupted by transient periods of activity. operation performed on one of its elements, the actual operation can be separately and explicitly represented in
PARIS. the following manner. The place occupied by the subject- Acadenıy of Sciences, February 20.-M. Troost in the element is called the base of the operation and is always chair.-Observation of the partial eclipse of the moon on denoted by B. Thus, B cos-'ß is the operation performed February 19: G. Bigourdan. Owing to the cloudy conon x in order to produce the function x cos-'x. As B has dition of the sky no observations were possible before 7.50 no quantitative value, such an expression as B cos-'ß de- p.m.-On a new method of synthesis of alkyl derivatives of notes, not a quantity, but an action, and may be called a certain cyclic saturated alcohols : A. Haller and F. March. verb function. Before applying such an expression to a The sodium derivatives of propyl, isobutyl, and isoamyl subject it must be placed in special (square) brackets in alcohols, heated to 200° to 225o C. in an autoclave with order to distinguish operation from multiplication. The B-methylcyclohexanone, act partly as reducing and partly as method may be applied to the solution of a complete equa- | alkyl substituting agents. Homologues and isomers of mention of the nth degree in 2n ways, and applies equally to thoi result from the reaction.-On the examples of Palithe solution of linear differential equations.
nuridæ and Eryonidæ collected in the eastern Atlantic by
the French and Monaco expeditions : E. L. Bouvier. The EDINBURGH. Royal Society, February 6. - Dr. Traquair in the chair.- study of the collections brought home by the two expeditions
has resulted in the discovery of some new interesting On Penella, a Crustacean parasitic on the Finner Whale
species, among others two types belonging to the genera (Balaenoptera musculus) : Sir William Turner.
Puer and Eryonicus, examples of which are extremely pod was originally recognised by Koven and Danielssen as
rare. These two forms show their distinctive morphological parasitic on Balaenoptera rostrata. The author's specimens characters very early.—The application to the nitriles of the were obtained in 1903 from B. musculus. The memoir com
method of direct hydrogenation by catalysis; the synthesis prised an account of the external characters and internal of primary, secondary, and tertiary amines : Paul Sabatier anatomy of the female, which, being from 10 to 12 inches and J. B. Senderens (see p. 423).—The large solar spot of long, varying in different specimens, is a giant amongst February, 1905 : Th. Moureux. On February, 2 this spot, copepods. A comparison of the species with other species
which was clearly visible to the naked eye, had a length of of Penella was made, and the great length of the thoracic
180,200 kilometres. Its area was 1/29th of the solar disc, and in comparison with the genito-abdominal segment was referred to. The male of this species has not yet been recog
hence it is greater than any sun-spot previously observed.
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approximate integration of differential equations : Émile that the so-called neuroblasts of the central nervous system Cotton.--On the mode of working of the differential gear in the early vertebrate embryo are really nuclei, from which of automobiles : A. Petot.-On the coefficient of magnetisathe rudiments of the axis cylinder are formed as delicate pro- tion of bismuth and on some fixed points in the diamagnetic trusions. The neuroblast nuclei are found to exhibit re
scale : Georges Meslin. The coefficient found for mercury markable structural changes, as evidence of the formation
-0.185.10-, taking water as
-0.79.10-6. For of these processes. The results attained in this research
crystallised bismuth the value, with the additive correction support the central theory of nerve-genesis as formulated by, for the air, was – 1.39.10-", whilst a slightly higher result, among others, His and von Kölliker. They also tend to
-- 1.42.10-", was obtained for
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It has been stated by Friedel and confirmed by range of motion. A spring holds the frame tightly against Macchiati that the enzyme extracted from leaves by the end of a micrometer screw having a graduated head, glycerine in the presence of chlorophyll and light was this head being in the focus of a lens placed near the capable of decomposing carbonic acid and setting free ocular of the spectroscope so that it can be read off without oxygen. The author has not been able to obtain any trace taking the instrument away from the eye. The D lines of oxygen under these conditions, and on repeating an excan just be separated in the pocket instrument, and read- periment exactly in accordance with Macchiati's instructions ings can be made by taking the mean of several to about found that the gas evolved consisted of methane and other one Angstrom unit.-Leaden weights found at Melandra inflammable gases, arising from the anaërobic decomCastle, an old Roman edifice near Glossop, among them position of the plant tissue, this change not taking place
metamersed cytoplasm Taenieystis mira Louis Leger.
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