Monthly Archives: June 2017

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…”

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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.

You don’t always need a tornado to have destruction from Mother Nature. Sometimes a lot of destruction can come from straight line winds called derecho’s. These long-lived winds, straight line winds are associated with fast-moving thunderstorms and can bring widespread destruction, heavy rains and flash flooding. They are hurricane force winds most often occurring in June, July and August.

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Dog Tip of The Day, June 29

The Father of our Country, George Washington maintained a kennel of Foxhounds. People in the United States were training dogs for hunting and the sporting breed of dogs. Training dogs was just becoming known, but not well known.

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Science Birthdays, June 28

6/28/1608 Borelli Giovanni physiologist, he died in 1679 at age 71.
6/28/1824 Broca Paul 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 Carrel Alexis physician, he died in 1944 at the age of 81.
6/28/1906 Goeppert-Meyer, Marie, 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 Weizsacker Carl 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.

A tornado is a rapidly rotating column of air in contact with the Earth surface and a cumulonimbus cloud. Sometimes you will hear them referred to as cyclones, but a cyclone is a low pressure weather system with winds turning counterclockwise in the Northern Hemisphere and clockwise in the Southern Hemisphere. A tornado can be a cyclone, but it has to touch the ground.

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Dog Tip of The Day, June 28

Keep in mind; most of us train dogs for our recreational purposes such as hunting or just to have a well behaved dog. Some train them for jobs such as search and detection, but hundreds of years ago, most dogs were trained because people relied on their assistance. Herders found that dogs could save them a lot of extra work; they could be used to warn people of other animals or potential assailants. We are living in an age where for most of us, dogs are pets and we just like to have them around. In many places of the world, dogs are a vital necessity.

The first conformation dog show is held on this day in Newcastle upon Tyne, England in 1859.

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Science Birthdays, June 27

Today is the birthday of Hans Spemann, born in 1869, he discovered embryonic induction, an influence exercised by parts of the embryo that directs the differentiation of groups of cells into particular tissues and organs. He died in 1941 at the age of 72.

Others born on this day were:
• 1717 – Louis Guillaume Lemonnier, French botanist (d. 1799)
• 1838 – Paul von Mauser, German weapon designer, developed the Mauser bolt action and the Gewehr 98 rifle. (d. 1914)
• 1880 – Helen Keller, American deaf and blind activist (d. 1968)
Quote: “all the world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming”
• 1931 – Martinus J. G. Veltman, Dutch physicist, Nobel Prize laureate particle physics

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