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Science Birthdays, September 30

Today is the birthday of Hans Geiger, born in 1882, he is famous for his invention of the Geiger counter, but also for the Geiger-Marsden experiment which led to the discovery of the atomic nucleus.  He died in 1945 at age 63.

Jean Perrin, born in 1870 verified Albert Einstein’s explanation of Brownian motion confirming the atomic theory of matter; he died in 1942 at age 71.

Nevill Mott, born in 1905 received the Nobel Prize for his work on the electronic structure of amorphous semiconductors. He died in 1996 at age 90.

Jean-Marie Lehn, born in 1939 he received the Nobel Prize for his synthesis of crpytands.

Johann Deisenhofer, born in 1943, received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for determining the first crystal structure of an integral membrane protein.

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Natural Disasters, September 30

587        587 Antioch Earthquake, 60,000 people killed.

1993      The 6.2 Mw Latur earthquake shook Maharashtra, India with a maximum Mercalli Intensity of VIII which is Severe. The earthquake killed 9,748 people.

2009      The 7.6Mw Sumatra earthquake shook central Sumatra with a maximum Mercalli Intensity of VIII which is Severe, killing 1,115 people. It was a dip-slip earthquake followed by a 6.6 Mw event.

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Dog Tip of The Day, September 30

Just about everyone has heard of “Rin Tin Tin”. Rin Tin Tin along with a Collie named “Lassie” were two early K9 stars, kust like Roy Roger’s horse, “Trigger”, but do you know the name of Roy Roger’s German Shepherd?  It’s name was “Bullet”.

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Science Birthdays, September 29

Today is the birthday of Enrico Fermi, born in 1901, he opened the atomic age by working out the mathematics of the neutron. He immigrated to the United States from Italy during the Hitler years and built the first atomic reactor. When he received the Nobel Prize, he wouldn’t wear the fascist uniform or give the salute.  He discovered that thermal neutrons, those that are slowed down are more effective in a controlled chain reaction. He died of cancer at age 53.

 

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Natural Disasters, September 29

1717      An earthquake struck Antigua, Guatemala, destroying much of the city’s architecture and making authorities consider moving the capital to a different city.

1927      St. Louis Tornado Outbreak, 82 people killed.

2009      The 8.1 Mw Samoa earthquake struck with a maximum Mercalli intensity of VI which is Strong. A destructive tsunami followed killing 189 people dead.

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Dog Tip of The Day, September 29

In the Batman comic books, Batman had a German Shepherd named Ace. They referred to the dog as the Bat-hound, so if you ever hear of a Bat-hound. It comes from the comic book series and was not a real dog. Ace appeared in the Batman comic books from 1955 to 1964, then occasionally after that.

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Science Birthdays, September 28

Today is the birthday Ferdinand Moissan, born in 1852, he received the 1906 Nobel Prize in chemistry for isolating fluorine from its compounds. This is the element used in toothpastes, some places put it in drinking water to prevent tooth decay and it is used in Teflon just to name a few uses.

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