Monthly Archives: March 2016

Science Birthdays, March 31

Rene Descartes, born in 1596, mathematician, Father of modern philosophy, if you have ever made a graph and used Cartesian coordinates, you are using a system that Descartes came up with.  He used the Latinized form of his name which would have been Cartesius. His mother died when he was a year old, he was a sickly kid and was allowed to remain in bed for as long as he wanted,  he was however a brilliant kid,  he did most of his work in bed for the rest of his life, when he died his body was returned to France from the Swedish ruler Christina, Berzelius had possession of his head, but it was finally returned to Cuvier in France, In his discourse on method, he doubted everything, but the existence of doubt implied that there was something he was doubting, “cogito ergo sum” I think therefore I am. He died in 1650 at age 54.

Archibald Couper, born in 1831, chemist, he was a sick kid but wrote a paper on using dotted lines for bonds but it took two months, Kekules paper looked like it came in first. This stressed him so much it ended his career, but he lived 30 more years. He died in 1892 at age 61.

Sir William Bragg, born in 1890,       physicist          Infant prodigy, He developed the theory that sodium choride is not molecular that the atoms are equidistant from each other.  He also developed the theory of ionic radii.  Famous for his law of diffraction of X-rays, which led to the discovery of DNA, He lobbied for Crick, Watson and Wilkins to get the Nobel prize, He liked to lecture to young people on science, he died in 1971 at age 81.

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Natural Disasters, March 31

1931      An earthquake destroys Managua, Nicaragua, killing 2,000 people.

1997      April Fool’s Day Blizzard

1985      Barrie, Ontario Tornado 8 dead

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Dog Tip of The Day, March 31

Cairn Terriers were originally classed with Skye Terriers which were named after the Isle of Skye. There were three groups, the other two were Scottish Terriers and West Highland Terriers.

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Science Birtdays, March 29

Sanctorius Sanctorius, born in 1561, he was a physician who measured weights of humans as they perspired. This was the beginning of the study of metabolism. He measured body temp using the first clinical thermometer, a water level thermometer. He also invented a device to measure pulse rate. He died in 1636 at age 75.

Sir Harold Jones, born in 1890, astronomer he measured the distance to the sun. He died in 1960 at age 70.

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Natural Disasters, March 29

1999      A 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck the Chamoli district in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, killing 103 people.

2013      A landslide in the Tibet Autonomous Region of China near Lhasa kills 66 people.

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Dog Tip of The Day, March 29

Wheatens are a color of Cairn Terrier that is sometimes difficult to tell. They change color a lot as they age from a puppy. Usually they are darker and get to a light blond color as they become adults, or light blond with some tan.

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Science Birthdays, March 28

Today is the birthday of Marlin Perkins, born in 1905, he was an American zoologist who hosted the TV program Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom from 1963 to 1985.

Wilhelm Kuhne, born in 1837, biologist, he coined the word enzyme in 1876. He died in 1900 at age 63.

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