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3 Responses to “Commenting Guidelines”

  1. Breagha Everett Says:

    Mr. Barlow, I would like to truly thank you, and your podcasts, for all the assistance they have provided me with in both my year 11 and 12 biology revision. They make difficult and confusing areas simple to understand and remember, and I greatly appriciate it.
    B. Everett, Melbourne.

  2. Scott Hanson Says:

    Hello Mr. Barlow –

    Scott Hanson here, an Engineer in Irvine, CA, USA. Bear with me here, because for a moment this might sound confusing or irrational. In your blog “Santa’s home is moving” (January 20, 2010) you note that the Earth’s geographic North pole and magnetic North pole are in nearly coincident locations in the Arctic. Actually, this is untrue. Incredibly, the actual magnetic polarity of what we call the “North pole” is “South polarity”. The “North pointing” end of a compass needle is actually the North polarized end of the needle, which must make the polarity of the magnetic pole located at the geographic North pole “south”. A little research on the web will quickly reveal this to be true. For 50+ years I had “known” that the North pole was just that, the magnetic and geographic “North pole”, both not quite in the same exact location, but both located at the “top of the globe”. It wasn’t until this week when researching some anomalies with magnetic polarity in some specialized electronic test equipment that I discovered that the magnetic polarity of the “North pole” was in fact “South”. I just thought that EVERY high school science teacher should be aware of this.
    Best Regards,
    Scott Hanson

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