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Science Birthdays, July 15

Today is the birthday of Albert Ghiorso, born in 1915, he was an American nuclear scientist, he was a co-discoverer of 12 chemical elements, he died in 2010 at the age of 95.

Today is also the birthday of Bertram Brockhouse, born in 1918,  he received the Nobel Prize for his pioneering contributions in developing neutron scattering techniques for condensed matter, in particular for developing neutron spectroscopy.

Today is also the birthday of Robert Bruce Merrifield, born in 1921, he was an American chemist who invented solid phase peptide synthesis. He died in 2006 at age 84.

Leon M. Lederman, born in 1922, was an American physicist and Nobel prize winner for his research on nutrinos, he shared the prize with Melvin Schwartz and Jack Steinberger. He is 81.

Carl Woese, was born in 1928, an American microbiologist, he defined the Kingdom or domain of Archaea. He died in 2012 at age 84.

Jocelyn Bell Burnell, was born in 1943, an Irish astrophysicist, she discovered the first radio pulsars, she is 69.

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Dog Tip of The Day, July 15

Dogs get excited when they play and they play so hard they sometimes hurt themselves. Don’t play catch with a dog on concrete, or gravel where they can hurt their teeth. They will attempt to pick a thrown object off of the ground at a run. Be aware of objects the dog can run into and make sure it won’t run onto the street.

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All Therm-a-Rest mattresses are, Made in America.

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Science Birthdays, July 14

Today is the birthday of Geoffrey Wilkinson, born in 1921.  He discovered the Wilkinson catalyst which is used industrially to hydrogenate alkenes.  Putting hydrogen atoms on alkenes (unsaturated hydrocarbons) forms alkanes (saturated hydrocarbons).  He also discovered ferrocene.

Also born on thsis day were:

1671Jacques D’Allonville, French astronomer and mathematician (d. 1732) He is noted for determining a method for precisely calculating the occurrence of solar eclipses.

1801Johannes Peter Müller, German physiologist (d. 1858).

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Dog Tip of The Day, July 14

When your dog brings a toy to you, it wants to go out and play. Animals have their own way of communicating with us, we just have to learn it.

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Titleist golf balls are, Made in America.

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Science Birthdays, July 13

Today is the birthday of Stanislao Cannizzaro, born in 1826.  He is famous for the Cannizzaro reaction.  That is a way to decompose an aromatic aldehyde into the corresponding acid and alcohol by mixing it in a solution of potassium hydroxide with an alcohol solvent. He supported Avogado’s hypothesis in the Karlsruhe Congress.

Today is also the birthday of John Dee, born in 1527, he was an alchemist who believed that numbers were the basis of all things and the key to knowledge, that God’s creation was an act of numbering. When you get back into the 1500’s there are few noteworthy scientists.

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