Monthly Archives: June 2016

Science Birthday, June 30

Born on this day in 1817, Joseph Dalton Hooker, British botanist, founder of geographical botany and close friend of Charles Darwin (d. 1911).

Ed Yost, 1919, American inventor, father of the modern day hot air balloon

Paul Berg, 1926, American biochemist

Robert Ballard, 1942, American Oceanographer

Quote: “Don’t confuse facts with reality” Robert Ballard

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Natural Disasters, June 30

1912      Regina Cyclone, 28 people killed

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Science Birthdays, June 29

6/29/1818        Pietro Angelo Secchi, astronomer, pioneer in astronomical spectroscopy, he was the first person to state that the sun was a star. He died in 1878 at the age of 59, he did so many other things for astronomy he is worth looking up.

6/29/1833        Peter Waage,              chemist, co-discovered the law of mass action with his brother-in-law Cato Guldberg, he died in 1900 at age 66.

6/29/1868        George Hale,               astronomer, invented the spectroheliograph, suffering from frequent insomnia and schizophrenia, he claimed to have regular visits from an elf who advised him, he died in 1938 at age 69.

Quote: “Like buried treasures, the outposts of the universe have beckoned to the adventurous from immemorial times…” George Hale.

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Natural Disasters, June 29

1915      North Saskatchewan River Flood of 1915, the worst flood in Edmonton history

2012      A derecho struck the eastern United States, leaving at least 22 people dead.

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Dog Tip of The Day, June 29

Yesterday I talked about search training a dog and puppy runaways. The key to training a dog is a high profile reward. That reward consists of three things; treats, play, praise. You should choose either a food treat or a special toy for part of the reward, but always, always, give the dog a minimum of three minutes of praise and play. For the praise to be really effective, you want to make over the dog with a high pitched, squeaky voice. Believe me, this is essential.

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Science Birthdays, June 28

6/28/1608        Giovanni Borelli,        physiologist, he died in 1679 at age 71.

6/28/1824        Paul Broca,                 anthropologist, known for his research on the frontal lobe called Broca’s area, he died in 1880 at the age of 56.

6/28/1873        Alexis Carrel,             physician, he died in 1944 at the age of 81.

6/28/1906        Marie Goeppert-Meyer, ,     physicist, she proposed the nuclear shell model of the atomic nucleus.  She said that certain numbers of nucleons called magic numbers make an atom extremely stable.  (2, 18, 20, 28, 50, 82, 126) she died in 1972 at the age of 66.

6/28/1912        Carl Weizsacker         astronomer, he died in 2007 at the age of 95.

 

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Natural Disasters, June 28

1865      Viroqua Wisconsin Tornado

1924      Lorain-Sandusky Tornado, 90 people killed.

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