Monthly Archives: December 2016

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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Natural Disasters, December 30

2005       Zeta, Tropical Storm Zeta formed over the Atlantic tying the record for the latest tropical cyclone ever to form in the North Atlantic basin.

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Dog Tip of The Day, December 30

If you let your dog drink from a garden hose, get one of those RV hoses that are safe for drinking water and get a rubber nozzle for it. I had to get mine on Amazon.  They have the hoses in the RV section at Wal mart.

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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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Natural Disasters, December 29

Hong Kong begins to kill all the nation’s 1.25 million chickens to stop the spread of a potentially deadly influenza strain.

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Dog Tip of The Day, December 29

Taking the dog for a ride in the car or truck is a great idea, but not so great when the weather is bad. If you can, leave the dog at home. It is safer for both you and the dog.

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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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