Today in Science (0308)

Sincerest apologies for being MIA for quite a while now. This week in particular was hectic (in good ways) and time to blog was negligible. Two candidates interviewed and the systematics workshop was excellent. But it is now Saturday, Spring Break has started, and I theoretically have some down free time. Wilkins is going to be staying with me for a few days, so we hope to hit the Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum and the "Feathered Dinosaurs and the Origin of Flight" exhibit at the Arizona Museum of Natural History before heading north to Utah for the Edges and Boundaries of Biological Objects workshop. And that will be my Spring Break.

And now ... your Today in Science ...

Events

1618 - Johannes Kepler discovers the third law of planetary motion.

Births

1879 - Otto Hahn, German chemist and Nobel Prize laureate

1886 - Edward Calvin Kendall, American chemist and Nobel Prize laureate

1914 - Yakov Borisovich Zel’dovich, Russian physicist

Deaths

1923 - Johannes Diderik van der Waals, Dutch physicist and Nobel Prize laureate

1988 - Werner Hartmann, German physicist

2005 - César Lattes, Brazilian physicist

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Enjoy the ASDM, it is one of the best in the world. Anybody who goes to Tucson should go to the museum. They have a great collection of the fauna and flora of the Sonoran Desert (why don't any spell checkers know how to spell Sonoran?).

Yup it is excellent. I usually take all out-of-state guests down there for the day.

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