Do your New Year’s resolutions include taking the dog for a walk more often? It might be better for both of you.
Monthly Archives: December 2013
Today is the birthday of Thomas Henderson, born in 1798, he was the first person to measure the distance to Alpha Centauri, the major star in the closest stellar system to earth. It is approximately 4.37 light years away.
Sir John Lawes, born in 1814 developed a superphosphate that would mark the beginnings of the chemical fertilizer industry.
William Harkins, born in 1873 did research on the structure of the atom. His findings led to the development of the H bomb. He was born in Titusville, Pennsylvania.
Sir Arthur Eddington, born in 1882, proposed the Eddington Limit, the natural limit to the luminosity of stars, or the radiation generated by accretion onto a compact object. It is named in his honor.
When getting a new puppy start early with trimming it’s nails. When it gets older it will allow you to do this.
On this day in 893 AD an earthquake destroyed the city of Dvin in Armenia. In 1908 a 7.2 magnitude earthquake killed over 75,000 people in Messsina, Sicily. And in 1989 a 5.6 magnitude earthquake killed 13 people in Australia.
On this day in 1836 England experienced the worst avalanche in their history, killing eight people. In 1939 an earthquake in Turkey killed 30,000 people.
Tody is the birthday of Johann Kepler, born in 1571, a mathematician, astronomer and astrologer, known for his laws of planetary motion. Although he was an astronomer he was sickly as a child and had poor eyesight due to smallpox. He became interested in astronomy as a child when his mother took him to see the Great Comet of 1577, he also witnessed a lunar eclipse in 1580. His mother by the way, spent 14 months in prison being tortured for witchcraft. He was an assistant to Tycho Brahe and invented an improved version of the refracting telescope.
Today is also the birthday of Louis Pasteur, born in 1822, he was homesick when he went to away to school and had a hard time adjusting to the homesickness. He didn’t do poorly in school but he didn’t do all that well either. Nevertheless he went on to become one of the greatest scientists. Among his many achievements were vaccines for rabies and anthrax, pasteurization, fermentation and he was the first chemist to demonstrate chiral molecules. He is considered one of the founders of microbiology.
Today is the birthday of Clemens Winkler, born in 1838, he discovered the element germanium in 1886, solidifying Dmitri Mendeleev’s theory of periodicity.