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Out Of Thin Air

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OUT OF THIN AIR (S3x32) 3C set Sue Porter And Diane Rooney RSCDS Graded 3

1- 8 1s set, cross RH, cast, turn LH to face 1st corners (2s step up bars 5-6)
9-16 1s turn corner RH, partner LH, 2nd corner RH, partner LH to finish in middle, own side, facing up
17-24 1s dance up between 2s, cast, dance down between 3s and cast up into 2nd place own sides
25-32 1s+3s dance the Tournée:
 1s+3s dance into prom hold (Men with partner on right, 1s face Men's side and 3s Ladies' side), couples ½ wheel anticlockwise and Men turn Ladies into middle, both couples turn 1½ times (3s RH, 1s LH) and dance out to places

(MINICRIB. Dance crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)

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The phrase "Out of Thin Air" typically refers to the process of creating something seemingly from nothing.

In scientific terms, this concept is exemplified by the transformation of invisible gases in the atmosphere into tangible substances. Specifically, the Earth's atmosphere comprises various gases, primarily nitrogen, oxygen, and trace amounts of other elements. These gases exist as a mixture, creating an invisible but essential component of our planet.

One notable example of the manifestation of substances seemingly out of thin air is the formation of clouds. Water vapor, an invisible gaseous state of water, undergoes a process of condensation as it rises through the atmosphere. The cooling of the air causes the water vapor to transition into tiny liquid droplets, forming visible clouds. This process occurs through natural atmospheric mechanisms, highlighting the scientific basis behind the colloquial expression.

Moreover, the principle of photosynthesis in plants provides another illustration of creating tangible matter seemingly out of thin air. During photosynthesis, plants utilize carbon dioxide from the air, along with sunlight and water, to produce glucose and oxygen. This transformative process demonstrates how living organisms can generate organic compounds from atmospheric constituents, contributing to the intricate balance of gases in the Earth's atmosphere.

In a technological context, advancements in material science have also allowed for the creation of materials seemingly out of thin air. Innovations in nanotechnology, for instance, enable the synthesis of materials with unique properties by manipulating atoms and molecules at an incredibly small scale.

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