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August 25, 2013

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Ray Girvan

It's fascinating stuff. But I couldn't decide, just from reading it, whether it was real science or pseudoscience. There's a good essay here - Spectrum of rain, Ben Smith, History of Science Society, January 2008 Newsletter, Vol. 37, No.1 ( http://www.hssonline.org/publications/Newsletter2008/NewsletterJanuary2008Smith.html ) - that suggests it was somewhere in between: the basic concept was sound, but the effect wasn't realistically measurable with small (heavily hyped) pocket spectrometers. The controversy looks interesting in itself.

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