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Hurrah for Physics.

All those people who have spent many boring hours staring at Van der Graaf generators, or Bunsen burners in the school physics lab will be amazed to learn that physics has its more practical uses.

All those people who have spent many boring hours staring at Van der Graaf generators, or Bunsen burners in the school physics lab will be amazed to learn that physics has its more practical uses.

This year for example, the extremely hot air temperatures in June, which have reached record levels, have had a knock on effect on the sea. Sea temperatures in the month reached 26 degrees centigrade, four degrees more than usual, enabling people to go straight into the sea without keeping their woolly socks on!

This effect was helpfully explained in layman's terms by the director of the National Meteorological Institute in Ibiza, ' the hot sunny days have had the effect of accelerating the heating process of the sea.' Well I never.