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Archives for October, 2007

Today in Science (1031)

I’m off for the History of Science Society annual meeting in DC for the next few days, so posting will be scant or non-existent. I’m responding to a series of papers on Victorian critics of scientific naturalism and attending the Committee on Education annual meeting. Today is your last chance to donate to our DonorsChoose…

Today in Science (1030)

Digital dissection coolness

This is so cool. A one-millimeter long spider (Cenotextricella simoni) encased in amber gets "digitally dissected" using Very High Resolution X-Ray Computed Tomography. The paper is online in Zootaxa 1623:47-53 but requires a subscription.

A DonorsChoose Update

Only three more days left for us to meet our challenge. So far we’ve only hit 34% of our goal and have raised $1,358 which will help 266 students. I’ve added some new proposals to our slate in the hope that if you weren’t interested before, you can now find a proposal that you like.…

Today in Science (1029)

Events 1991 – The American Galileo spacecraft makes its closest approach to 951 Gaspra (above), becoming the first probe to visit an asteroid.

Today in Science (1028)

Births 1845 – Zygmunt Florenty Wróblewski, Polish physicist 1912 – Richard Doll, English epidemiologist 1914 – Richard Laurence Millington Synge, British biochemist and Nobel Prize laureate Deaths 1792 – Paul Möhring, German physician and scientist 1841 – Johan August Arfwedson, Swedish chemist 1877 – Robert Swinhoe, British naturalist 1957 – Ernst Gräfenberg, German physician and…

Your Sun Devil Roundup

You are down 13-0 at the end of the first quarter. Down 20-14 at the half. And win the game 31-20. You are ASU playing Cal on Homecoming night in Tempe. An amazing game saw the Devils go 8-0 and capture the lead in the Pac-10. Two appalling calls by the referees in the first…

Big game tonight with #21 Cal coming to town for Homecoming to take on the #4 Sun Devils. With #5 Oregon defeating USC 24-17, tonight’s game will be huge for the Pac10 and the BCS standings. More later.

Arthur Kornberg, dead at 89

Stanford University Hospital is reporting that Arthur Kornberg, the 1959 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, has died aged 89. Kornberg received recognition for his discovery of "the mechanisms in the biological synthesis of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA)". His son, Roger, received his own Nobel (Chemistry) last year.

Today in Science (1027)

Events 1961 – NASA launched the first Saturn I rocket in Mission Saturn-Apollo 1. Births 1951 – Carlos Frenk, Mexican/British cosmologist Deaths 1449 – Ulugh Beg, Timurid ruler and astronomer 1968 – Lise Meitner, German physicist 1980 – John Hasbrouck van Vleck, American physicist and Nobel Prize laureate 1992 – David Bohm, American-born physicist, philosopher,…