Circular Transportation Facilitation Device

Weird science

David Cohen salutes the weird and wonderful in the world of international scholarly research during the past year

“In the area of advancing technological research, the Australian physicist, John Keogh, probably surprised many by devoting part of the year to preparing an application for an unexpected patent in his antipodean homeland – for what he called a “circular transportation facilitation device”, better known as “the wheel”. Dr Keogh later said, a touch unconvincingly, that he did this to highlight problems in a new Australian patent law.”