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Science Birthdays, December 18

Today is the birthday of J. J. Thompson, born in 1856, he is best known for his “plum pudding” model of the atom,  he discovered the electron, isotopes and the mass spectrometer.  He demonstrated that hydrogen had only one electron and he discovered the natural radioactivity of potassium.

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Science Birthdays, October 9

Today is the birthday of Johann Segner, born in 1704, he discovered the reactive force of water and constructed the first water jet, if you have a sprinkler in your yard, that is his invention, he is considered the father of the water turbine. He was also the first to demonstrate the sign convention of Descarte.

Emil Fisher was born in 1852, he developed the Fisher Projections for drawing asymmetric carbon atoms. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on sugar and purine synthesis.

Mihajlo Pupin, born in 1858 placed loaded coils along telegraph lines to increase the distance of transmission, called pupinization.

Karl Schwarzschild, born in 1873, is known for the Schwarzschild radius which is the radius where if the mass of an object is compressed within that radius the escape velocity would exceed the speed of light.

Max von Laue, born in 1879, received the Nobel Prize in Physics for his discovery of the X-ray diffraction by crystals.

Joseph Friedman, born in 1900 invented the “bendy” straw.

Sir Peter Mansfield, born in 1933 shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology with Paul Lauterbur for discoveries concerning MRI, magnetic resonance imaging.

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Dieting, Exercise and weight loss

I have started a new category called dieting, exercise and weight loss.  I will be sharing with you some of my views and concerns about this topic.  This post will not appear daily as my science birthdays post, but every once in a while I will post information I think will help people understand this often understood topic.  If you have any questions, just post them on this blog and I will try to answer them as best I can, or I will direct you to where you can find the information.  Let me know what you think.

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Science Trivia, August 29

On this day in 1831 Michael Faraday discovered electromagnetic induction.  This was also the day in 1965 that Gemini V returned to Earth landing as planned in the Atlantic Ocean.

The element Meitnerium, atomic number 109 was first sythesized in Germany on this day in 1982.

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Science Trivia, August 22

The first ring of Neptune was confirmed by the Voyager 2 flyby on this day in 1989. It had been detected as early as the 1960’s.

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French astronomer Pierre Janssen discoves helium on this day in 1868.

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