Monthly Archives: January 2014

Science Birthdays, January 31

1/31/1868        Richards Theodore     chemist           His father was a painter and his mother a poet, in addition he was interested in music and science. He worked on determining with the greatest possible accuracy the atomic weights of elements.He advanced the theory of isotopes with his studies on lead. He worked with Meyer, Ostwald and Nernst. He died in 1928 at age 60

1/31/1881        Langmuir Irving         chemist           worked under Nerst at Gottingen, discovered the use of inert gases to extend the life of a light bulb. He discovered an atomic hydrogen blowtorch that could reach temperatures of 6000 degrees. He invented high-vacuum tubes, he devised a theory of catalysis on platinum wires, he also worked on “rain making.” He died in 1957 at age 76

1/31/1929        Mossbauer Rudolf      physicist          in 1958 he announced the Mossbauer effect. Atoms recoil as they emit gamma rays, the energy of the gamma ray depends in part on the amount of recoil. This is why gamma rays are emitted with a considerable spread in energy and wavelength. If a crystal takes up the recoil since it is so massive, it confines the wavelength to a very narrow spread. This is the Mossbauer effect.  He died in 2011 at age 82.

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Natural Disasters, January 31

On this day in 1953, the North Sea Flood caused over 1800 deaths in the Netherlands and UK.  Then in 2011 a winter storm in North America for the second time in the same month, caused 1.8 billion dollars in damages and killed 24 people.

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Made in America

You have to be careful about Made in America labels, the parts may not be made in America, it just might be assembled here.   Be careful of company websites that have a picture of an American Flag, it doesn’t mean it is made in America unless it says made in America.  Midwest Quality Gloves is the largest U.S. producer of leather gloves.  Check their website out if you need gloves Made in America.

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Dog Tip of The Day, January 31

Train your dog to stay in the down position while you eat.  Do not table feed the dog.  It should wait until you are finished eating.  The dog eats last.  You are the alpha. In a dog’s mind they respect that and that is how they like it.

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Science Birthdays, January 30

Today is the birthday of Max Theiler, Born in 1899, He worked out the vaccine for Yellow Fever by passing the virus back and forth in mice then chickens. Got the Nobel prize in 1951 and had no academic degrees.

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Dog Tip of The Day, January 30

No matter how much you love your dog or cat, remember that other people love theirs just as much.

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Made in America

Warthers makes kitchen knife sets and kitchen knives in Dover, Ohio.  You should go to http://www.warthers.com to see the train the man carved who founded the company.

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