At my school

by Nerys
(Market Drayton)

Dear Mr Boffin
What does H stand for?
How do you become a forensic scientist?
And finally what does dry ice feel like?

From Nerys (the girl from the plastic bag experiment)

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Jan 24, 2019

by: James Boffin

Hello Nerys
Great to hear from you!
No-one really knows for sure why Chief Science Agent is called H..
This is what we think happened.
The very first Chief Science Agent had a surname that began with H.
He always signed all Top Secret messages with an ‘H.’.
(That’s an H with a full stop).
Since then all other Chief Science Agents have done the same.
Even if their last names had a different initial.
Just a tradition I suppose.
How to be a forensic scientist?
Well, you need to love science and be excited about science.
But that’s easy, isn’t it?
Here’s a great page to look at to find out loads more . . .
Hope that helps but if you have more questions, just ask me.
Dry Ice feels very cold!
That’s if you feel it.
You must not feel it for more than 5 seconds!!
It is better if you don’t touch it at all because it is so, so cold.
It will really hurt.
If you do feel it for a couple of seconds it feels hard and cold.
I wish you the very best in whatever you want to do.
Maybe let me know how you get on.
Be great!

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