Monthly Archives: November 2013

Science Birthdays, November 27

Today is the birthday of Anders Celsius, born in 1701, he is most famous for the Celsius temperature scale, however if Carl Linnaeus hadn’t reversed it in 1755, a year after his death, the boiling point would be zero and the freezing point 100. Celsius orginally called hus scale the centigrade scale meaning “100 steps” in Latin.  Some people still refer to it as the centigrade scale, but technically it is the Celsius scale.  It used to also be called the Swedish thermometer.

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Dog Tip of The Day, November 27

Don’t go away for a few days and leave your dog outside in a doghouse tied to a chain.  Also, don’t leave dogs and cats home alone with inadequate food, water and warmth if you are traveling.

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Natural Disasters, November 27

On this day in 1703, the first Eddystone Lighthouse is destroyed the Great Storm of 1703. Six occupants of the lighthouse were killed including it’s builder Henry Winstanley. It was the most severe natural disaster ever recorded in Great Britain with barometric pressures dropping possibly as low as 950 millibars. Readings were recorded as low as 973 millibars. Between 8000 and 15000 lives were lost. 4000 oak trees in one forest alone were destroyed. Daniel Defoe wrote a book The Storm in 1704 describing this storm which destroyed forests all over England.

 

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Science Birthdays, November 26

Today is the birthday of Karl Ziegler, born in 1898, he received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on polymers, the Ziegler-Natta catalyst was used in the synthesis of polymers of alpha olefins or 1-alkenes.

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Dog Tip of The Day, November 26

In order to establish an order in the pack, dogs play.  This is the play drive.  Not only do they establish dominance but they are preparing for their adult life.  This is why human children as well as other animals play.  Dogs and cats love toys, and they appreciate a new toy every once in a while just like we do.

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Natural Disasters, November 26

The Great Storm of 1703 occurred on this day in 1703. In Great Britain, 9000  people died when wind speeds up to 120 mph made this the strongest windstorm ever recorded in the southern Great Britain area.

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Science Birthdays, November 25

Today is the birthday of Julius Robert von Mayer, born in 1814, he is one of the founders of thermodynamics, and was the person who first said “Energy can be neither created nor destroyed,” he also described the process known as oxidation as the primary source of energy in living things, he also proposed that plants convert light energy into chemical energy.

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