Natural Disasters, December 9

1965    The Kecksburg UFO incident: a fireball is seen from Michigan to Pennsylvania; witnesses report something crashing in the woods near Pittsburgh, Pa. In 2005 NASA admits that it examined the object.

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Dog Tip of The Day, December 9

Water freezes below 32 degrees and it is also the law in many places that a dog cannot be chained up below that temperature. I wish there was a law where they couldn’t be chained up anytime, but we are not there yet. Just make sure the dog has food, water and warm bedding.

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Science Birthdays, December 8

Today is the birthday of Jan Ingenhouz, born in 1730, he discovered photosynthesis when he showed in 1779 that plants take up carbon dioxide only in the light and give off carbon dioxide and use up oxygen in the dark. He successfully inoculated members of the Habsburg family against smallpox. He probably discovered Brownian motion before Brownian because he described the motion of coal dust on the surface of alcohol. He also introduced the use of cover slips on glass slides.
Whitney Eli, born in 1765, inventor invented the cotton gin in 1793 and interchangeable parts in 1798, the cotton gin might have played a role in the Civil War because slavery was dying out before the cotton gin made cotton big business. Whitney did not prosper from the cotton gin but became rich with interchangeable parts and division of labor

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Natural Disasters, December 8

2007    North American Winter Storm, lasted to Dec 18, at least 22 dead.

1963    Pan Am Flight 214, a Boeing 707 is struck by lightning and crashes near Elkton, Maryland killing all 81 people on board.

This has not been a good day for airline crashes, although not weather related, a Douglas DC-6 went down in Greece in 1969, killing 90 people and in 1972 a Boeing 737 went down in Chicago killing 45, then again in 1988 a A-10 Thunderbolt crashed into an apartment in Germany killing 5.

1966    The Greek ship SS Heraklion sinks in a storm in the Aegean Sea, killing over 200 people.

2016    Multiple car pile-up at Girard. It was this time last year when we had a 90 car pile up on I-90. About 90 cars, some say less. The wreckage remained out there all winter.

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Dog Tip of The Day, December 8

Do you ever wonder why dogs chase cars or people walking by? It is because the dog realizes success. Unless that car or those people are coming to your house, they keep on moving on. The dog barks to chase them away and after they move on it thinks it is because he or she barked at them. This is the same with a lot of human behavior. People will repeat tasks where they seem to find success.

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Science Birthdays, December 7

Today is the birthday of Theodor Schwann, born in 1810, he discovered pepsin in 1836, it was then called a ferment, in 1839 he elaborated on the existing cell theory proposed by Mathias Schleiden, and said all things are made of cells, he called it the cell theory, It is sometimes called the Schleiden and Schwann Cell Theory, he also coined the term metabolism

Gerard Kuiper, born in 1905, detected carbon dioxide on mars in 1948, and showed the ice caps were ice, he discovered an atmosphere on Titan, discovered Miranda, Nereid, proposed a theory in 1951 that planets were formed from protoplanets.

12/7/1823        Kronecker Leopold     mathematician made a lot of money in business so he could turn to math. He made the statement “God made the integers, all else is the work of man”.

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Natural Disasters, December 7

1703    The Great Storm of 1703, the greatest windstorm ever recorded in the southern part of Great Britain, makes landfall. Winds gust up to 120 mph and 9,000 people are killed.

1988    Spitak earthquake: In Armenia an earthquake measuring 6.8 (surface wave magnitude) kills more than 25,000 people and leaves 500,000 homeless out of a population of 3,500,000.

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