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The Crookes Radiometer consists of a vacuum in an airtight, clear glass bulb enclosing four delicate metal vanes, mounted on a fine spindle. This product measures roughly 5"w x 5"l x 12"h.These radiometer vanes are highly responsive to light, spinning at several thousand rotations per minute when exposed to bright sunlight!
Newport has been home to countless scientist and science enthusiasts over the centuries. Gilded Age author and activist Julia Ward Howe founded the Town and Country Club in Newport, which encouraged wealthy summer residents to explore intellectual and scientific pursuits. More recently, Newport was home to the Naval Torpedo Station, which made significant scientific advancements in naval technology.