Posts tagged: Scientists

Margaret Atwood on Rachel Carson

 Author Margaret Atwood praises Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, 50 years after the book’s publication.

Henri Poincaré Biography: New!

 Why care about this 19th century French mathematician? Like it or not, he shaped your world view. Plus, he’s generated some really weird YouTube videos.

Black History Month: Mae C. Jemison

 Mae Jemison is not exactly a famous name. But she was the first black woman in outer space. Think about how tough you have to be for that.

Apollo 11 Anniversary

Today is the 42nd anniversary of the first manned moon landing. Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the lunar surface, while Michael Collins kept orbit in the “mothership.”

As you can see from the above graphic (courtesy of Oregon’s Eugene Register-Guard), the entire mission was done in just 15 easy steps.

Another Apollo 11 Anniversary

Today is the anniversary of the first manned moon landing. Neil Armstrong set foot on the lunar surface on this day in 1969. Then Buzz Aldrin hopped down, followed by paparazzi.
Astronaut Michael Collins waited in the car and started honking the horn after only about 15 minutes.
It was a simpler time, as you can tell by this fantastic graphic that describes the Apollo 11 mission:

Apollo 13 Drama in 1970

On this day back in 1970, Americans were sitting around their televisions and radios wondering what was going to happen to the astronauts aboard Apollo 13.
The day before, on April 13th, an explosion aboard the spacecraft threw everything off. As we now know (because of reality and the 1995 Ron Howard film), the astronauts made it home safely, thanks to the power in the lunar module, some duct tape and the smarts of them fellers what could still worry a slide rule.

Happy Birthday, Luther Burbank

Today is the birthday of plant hybridizer and potato creator Luther Burbank. He was born in Lancaster, Massachusetts in 1849.

Punxsutawney Phil 2011: No Shadow

Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow this morning.  That means an early spring, if you believe in a groundhog’s ability to predict the weather.