Monthly Archives: August 2017

Science Birthdays, August 18

Today is the birthday of Alfred Wallace, born in 1823, like Darwin he sailed off on a ship for scientific exploration. In 1848 he traveled to the Amazon and wrote a book on his travels, the ship burned and many of his records were lost. He collected over 125 000 specimens on a trip in 1854, he drew a line between continents of Asia and Australia called the Wallace Line where organisms were different on each side. He shared publication with Darwin but he was sick with ague and didn’t accept that man could come from animals.

Today is also the birthday of Walther Bothe, born in 1891, he was a student of Max Planck and studied cosmic rays using coincidence counting.

Johannes Fabricius, born in 1587, discovered sunspots in 1610 independently of Galileo.


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Natural Disasters, August 18

1891    A major hurricane struck Martinique killing 700 people.

1983    Hurricane Alicia, hit the Texas coast killing 22 people.

2005    A massive power blackout hits the Java, affecting almost 100 million people, it is one of the largest and most widespread power outages in history.

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Dog Tip of The Day, August 18

Escape conditioning occurs when the dog hears a sound or some warning that an unpleasant event is about to occur. This type of conditioning sometimes occurs without our intervention. For example, sometimes when the stove is on, it sets off a heat alarm in the kitchen. The dog will leave the kitchen when it sees you turning on the stove, because it wants to escape from the shrill warning of the heat alarm.  This type of conditioning can be put to use in training if an undesirable action is preceded by a sound to let the dog know a correction is coming.  Escape conditioning is like a warning.


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Science Birthdays, August 17

Today is the birthday of Walter Noddack, born in 1893, along with Ida Tacke and Otto Berg they discovered element 75, rhenium.  They also reported the discovery of element 43, technetium, which they called masurium. The discovery had been dismissed until recently, it is still being debated.  Walter Noddack went on to marry Ida Tacke.

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Natural Disasters, August 17

1668      A magnitude 8.0 earthquake causes 8,000 deaths in Anatolia, Ottoman Empire.

1915    A category 4 hurricane hits Galveston, Texas with wind speeds of 135 mph.

1959    1959 Hebgen Lake Earthquake,         Quake Lake is formed when a 7.5 magnitude earthquake occurred near Hebgen Lake in Montana.

1969    Hurricane Camille hits the Gulf Coast killing 256 people and causing $1.4 billion in damages.

1999    A 7.4 magnitude earthquake struck Izmit, Turkey killing more than 17,000 people.

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Dog Tip of The Day, August 17

Another form of conditioning is escape conditioning. In escape conditioning, something unpleasant, like an ear pinch is used until the dog complies, then the unpleasant stimuli is removed. I am not a fan of this. I always go with the idea, what you do to train a dog should be no different than teaching a child. I wouldn’t want to teach a child by pinching his or her ear.  I stick with the positive training methods.

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Science Birthdays, August 16

Today is the birthday of Frederick Kipping, born in 1863 he coined the term silicone while working on the development of the synthetic rubber and silicone based lubricant industries.  He also co-wrote a textbook on organic chemistry with Perkin. He died at the age of 86

8/16/1832        Wilhelm Wundt,         psychologist father of experimental psychology He also formed the first journal for psychological research in 1881.

8/16/1904        Wendell Stanley,         chemist the book “Chemistry: A Beautiful Thing” His researches on the virus causing the mosaic disease in tobacco plants led to the isolation of a nucleoprotein which displayed tobacco mosaic virus activity.

Jonas Ferdinand Gabriel Lippmann[1] (16 August 1845 – 13 July 1921) was a FrancoLuxembourgish physicist and inventor, and Nobel laureate in physics for his method of reproducing colors photographically based on the phenomenon of interference.

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