Tag Archives: On This Day

Kernels of Truth

  On June 16, 1902, biologist Barbara McClintock was born. McClintock studied courses in genetics before it was accepted as a discipline. Using maize cobs as her exploratory medium, she noticed colour spots on kernels that could not be explained … Continue reading

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In the Blood

On June 14, 1868, Austrian-American immunologist and serologist Dr. Karl Landsteiner was born. Early in his research of blood properties, he had concluded that agglutinin, a substance that causes particles to aggregate in a thickened mass, varied between blood types. … Continue reading

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Seeing the Hear

  On June 3, 1899, chemist and experimental physicist Georg von Békésy was born in Hungary. Exploring how best to improve a telephone earpiece, he studied the ear as the prime component for refining a telephone transmission system. Intrigued by … Continue reading

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International Day for
Biological Diversity

  On May 22, 1993, the United Nations sanctioned this date as the International Day for Biological Diversity to increase awareness of biodiversity issues worldwide. Building a Shared Future for All Life is this year’s theme on International Day for … Continue reading

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Biological Diversity

Sharing the Good Health News

  On May 17, 1749, English country surgeon Dr. Edward Jenner was born. In the 18th century, smallpox was a disease that killed about 20% of victims who contracted it and, if it didn’t kill, it often disfigured or blinded … Continue reading

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World Migratory Bird Day

  The Second Weekends of MAY and October are events observed twice each year as World Migratory Bird Day to focus world attention on the need to protect migratory bird populations, their habitats, and their international flyways. Through exchanges of … Continue reading

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Earth Day

April 22, Earth Day, is celebrated around the world as tens of millions of people make time to attend their environment. Thousands of governments – from local to regional to state, provincial or federal – plan awareness campaigns and activities … Continue reading

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Canada’s National Wildlife Week

  On April 10, 1865, Canadian naturalist, Jack Miner was born. At 39, he established the Jack Miner Bird Sanctuary for the conservation of migrating Canada geese and ducks on an Ontario peninsula between Lake Erie to the south and … Continue reading

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Tambora

On April 5, 1815, the Tambora stratovolcano erupted after several thousand years in repose. This Indonesian super-volcano signalled its awakening with a few years of steam releases, tremors, and small eruptions until the April 5th explosion, heard up to 1,400 … Continue reading

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Second Nature

  On April 3, 1837, writer/naturalist, John Burroughs was born. In his early adult years, he alternated teaching with studying at different institutions or colleges. The works of Wordsworth and Emerson inspired him to write from his personal vantage point … Continue reading

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