Monthly Archives: December 2015

Science Birthdays, December 31

Today is the birthday of Andreas Vesalius, born in 1514, he is the founder of modern human anatomy, he is the author of one of the most influential books on human anatomy De humani corporis fabrica which means On the Structure of the Human Body.

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Dog Tip of The Day, December 31

I am not one for resolutions, but if you feel you are not taking good enough care of your dog, make a resolution to do better.

Don’t forget, new dog license are probably due tomorrow. It depends on where you live, but in most places it is the first of the year.

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Science Birthdays, December 30

Today is the birthday of John Milne, born in 1850, he is generally credited with inventing the first horizontal pendulum seismograph in 1880.

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Dog Tip of the Day, December 30

Always remember when you repeat actions with dogs, they get used to it very quickly, especially if it is something they like. If you get up at 3:00 in the morning to let them out to pee, they will expect it every night. Do they have to pee? probably not, they want to go outside and chase the nocturnal animals.

 

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Science Birthdays, December 29

Today is the birthday of Alexander Parks, born in 1813, he created Parkesine, the first man-made plastic, the first thermoplastic, a celluloid based on nitrocellulose treated with a variety of solvents. In 1846 he patented the cold cure process for vulcanizing rubber, called by Thomas Hancock “one of the most valuable and extraordinary discoveries of the age.”

Today is also the birthday of Robert Baker, born in 1921, he invented the Chicken Nugget in the 1950s.  McDonalds falsely patented the recipe under Chicken McNuggets in 1979 without giving credit to Baker. More than 40 cold cut innovations are credited to Robert Baker.

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Dog Tip of The Day, December 29

Start the new year with a resolution, that will include your dog or cat. Is there something you have been neglecting?  Make a resolution to change, maybe a daily walk, a daily brushing, spending some time just sitting with your pet, it is all good.  Happy New Year.

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Science Birthdays, December 28

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.

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