Science Fun of the Week

(September 30th, 2016) Get ready for your weekly dose of science fun. Today: The metabolic rates of elves and hobbits.

"In 1937 John R. R. Tolkien introduced us to the magical world of middle Earth. From the peaceful greens of The Shire to the volcanic plains of Mordor, Middle Earth is filled with various forms of life. This includes dwarves, elves, hobbits, ents, wizards, humans and dragons. Species from Middle  Earth, like those of the real world, carry out biological functions both at rest and while active. These functions require chemical energy derived from the food they consume. The turnover of this chemical energy is known as the metabolic rate."

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The Journal of Interdisciplinary Science Topics is an educational tool by students on the Natural Sciences/Interdisciplinary Science undergraduate degree programmes at the University of Leicester. It serves to show students how to communicate research findings. Last year, five papers published by JIST explored the realms of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings.


Pictures: Hodan (clown) / Krol111 (Hobbit)

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