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It's March 14 and that's a big day. It's not only Pi Day, but it's when Albert Einstein was born in 1879. By 1919 he was describing his theory to the world. See his article he wrote for The Times http://www.todayinsci.com/E/Einstein_Albert/EinsteinAlbert-MyTheory.htm
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The famous John F. Kennedy quote about going to the moon is the latest page on the site. It gives a short timeline of the events in the world leading up to his speech to Congress. Seeing the context gives the quote a whole new dimension. See if you agree.
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Famous Republican Congressman declares: Don't defund it! Support it! “Science knows no politics. ... It is indeed a sad day for the people of this country when we must close the doors of the laboratories doing research work for the people of the United States.” Fiorello La Guardia said that, and more, defending science research against cost-cutting during the Great Depression in 1932.
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The man who championed the purported “truth serum” was born on 3 Aug 1875—Doctor Robert Ernest House. Of course, now we know not only that it really doesn't work, but was ruled legally a violation of a suspects right against self-incrimination. When he started out promoting its use, Doctor House had convinced himself that it did work. His efforts got national attention at the time, as he advocated its usefulness in crime investigation.

I've put three related pages up on the site giving an idea of the publicity and understanding at the time—

"Truth Serum" Test Proves its Power:
http://todayinsci.com/H/House_Robert/TruthSerumTest-NYT22Oct1924.htm

"Truth Serum" Involves Five in Axe Murders
http://todayinsci.com/H/House_Robert/TruthSerumInvolvesFiveInAxeMurders-NYT8Jan1924.htm

Robert House, The Use Of Scopolamine In Criminology - Paper published in 1922.
http://todayinsci.com/H/House_Robert/HouseRobert-UseOfScopolamine(1922).htm
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Thomas Jefferson is one of the most famous Americans. His leanings toward science and invention in diverse fields, though less well-known, make him a more fascinating person. The latest addition to my site is "Jefferson as a Man of Science" from a preface to a volume of his writings. Did you know he applied mathematics to devising a plough moldboard shape of least resistance? This and more can be found in the article. Well worth the time to read and learn more about Jefferson than you probably knew before.
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I've been adding some illustrated quotes, which may be useful for Powerpoint slides or bulletin boards... like this one for Isaac Newton on his quotes page: http://todayinsci.com/N/Newton_Isaac/NewtonIsaac-Quotations.htm
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Today I revised an event about the black-footed ferret. It's been brought back from the edge of extinction.
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"If you're shopping for a home entertainment system you can't do better than a good dissecting microscope."

Neat!

I heard Jack Longino say that on an NPR radio program this week. He studies ants, putting them under his microscope in his research.

I thought that was such a good quote, I added it to the website, and hunted up a couple more by him:

http://todayinsci.com/L/Longino_Jack/LonginoJack-Quotations.htm
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John Muir was memorialized by meteorologist Alexander McAdie in a special issue of the Sierra Club Bulletin in 1916. They had spent time together, including a number of years as vice-president and president of the society. In "Muir of the Mountains", McAdie shares his reminiscences of interests they had in common for the physical nature of mountains, earthquakes and landscapes.
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Ian - Thank you for sharing this.  It will be a great surprise for my client.  If I do locate the articles, I'll be sure to pass the information along.
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Looking for science in Halloween in history, I came across an article from 1918 that was mostly about decorations. Still, it was interesting to compare customs then and now. But there was a spark of science - literally - red and green light powder tossed on hot coals for a witch's cauldron special effect. The chemistry of Halloween! I added a footnote with the formula for each color.
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