It was cold in lab meeting today.

Preternaturally cold.

Even though it was a chill, rainy afternoon in London, the institute’s air-conditioning was inexplicably blasting into the conference room. (When it’s in the height of summer, the heaters will invariably come on, but that’s another story.)

“We could start up the portable electric radiator,” one post-doc suggested.

“No,” said the boss. “It uses oil and takes about three hours to warm up.”

“I know,” said another, older and wiser post-doc. “We can just cover the vents.”

London’s finest scientific minds, hard at work.