Monthly Archives: January 2016

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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Natural Disasters, January 30

1841      A fire destroyed 2/3 of Mayaquez, Puerto Rico

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Dog Tip of The Day, January 30

A distinctive feature of a Labrador Retriever is the “otter tail”. An “otter tail” is the way a dog uses the tail as a rudder to steer towards a bird rather than the tail itself.

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Science Birthdays, January 29

1/29/1773        Friedrich Mohs        mineralogist    devised the Mohs scale in 1822, died in 1839 at age 66.

1/29/1838        Edward Morley           chemist           He worked on the relative weights of hydrogen and oxygen in the 1870s and collaborated with Michelson on the famous Michelson-Morley experiment. He died in 1923 at age 85.

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Natural Disasters, January 29

It was on this day in 2002, a Central Plains Ice Storm did 111 million dollars in damages.

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Dog Tip of The Day, January 29

Did you know a Labrador Retriever can carry an egg in its mouth without breaking it. Amazingly enough, some of the largest breeds of dogs can be the gentelist. I bet a lot of people with big dogs, like Shepherds and Rotties would tell you their dog could do the same thing.

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Science Birthdays, January 28

1/28/1701        Charles La Condamine geographer    He showed that the earth was an oblate spheroid. He died in 1774 at age 73.

1/28/1611        Johannes Hevelius       astronomer      He called the flat areas of the moon seas or maria in 1647.  He got into an argument with Robert Hooke and then his lab burned down. He died in 1687 at age 76.

1/28/1858        Marie Dubois            paleontologist, he looked for the missing link, discovered Pithecanthropus erectus or Java man in 1894. He died in 1940 at age 82.

1/28/1884        August Piccard           physicist          He rose to a height of 51,775 feet in 1931 in a balloon, the first penetration into the stratosphere by a human. He built the bathyscaphe, Trieste in 1948 and it descended to the bottom of the Marianas Trench in 1960 6 ¾ miles down.  He died in 1962 at age 78.

1/28/1922        Robert Holley          chemist           He prepared varieties of transfer-RNA by 1962 and by 1965 he worked out the structure.  He died in 1993 at age 71.

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