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Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2020: Discovery of Hepatitis C virus

The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet has today decided to award the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine jointly to Harvey J. Alter, Michael Houghton and Charles M. Rice for the discovery of Hepatitis C virus. This year's Nobel... Continue Reading →

Annie and John Glenn Arrive for the Gemini IV Flight

Annie and John Glenn arrive at the Mission Control Center for the Gemini IV launch on June 4, 1965. John Glenn was the first American to orbit the Earth.  Glenn's wife Annie, who passed away May 19, 2020, was an advocate for people... Continue Reading →

April 25 is reserved to Francis Crick, James Watson & Rosalind Franklin

On this day 1953 Francis Crick, James Watson & Rosalind Franklin's discovery of the double helix structure of DNA is published in "Nature" magazine. American biologist James Watson and British physicist Francis Crick came up with their famous model of the... Continue Reading →

April 21 is reserved to Hans Christian Ørsted

On this day, 1820, danish scientist Hans Christian Ørsted is the first to identify electromagnetism, when he observes a compass needle. He showed by experiment that an electric current flowing through a wire could move a nearby magnet. The discovery... Continue Reading →

April 20, 1902 -Marie and Pierre Curie isolate radium

On April 20, 1902, Marie and Pierre Curie successfully isolate radioactive radium salts from the mineral pitchblende in their laboratory in Paris. In 1898, the Curies discovered the existence of the elements radium and polonium in their research of pitchblende.... Continue Reading →

April 15, 1912 – Titanic sinks

At 2:20 a.m. on April 15, 1912, the British ocean liner Titanic sinks into the North Atlantic Ocean about 400 miles south of Newfoundland, Canada. The massive ship, which carried 2,200 passengers and crew, had struck an iceberg two and half hours... Continue Reading →

April 12 is reserved to Yuri Gagarin

Yuri Gagarin was the first person to fly in space. His flight, on April 12, 1961, lasted 108 minutes as he circled the Earth for a little more than one orbit in the Soviet Union's Vostok spacecraft. Following the flight, Gagarin... Continue Reading →

Geologists determine early Earth was a ‘water world’ by studying exposed ocean crust

The Earth of 3.2 billion years ago was a "water world" of submerged continents, geologists say after analyzing oxygen isotope data from ancient ocean crust that's now exposed on land in Australia. And that could have major implications on the... Continue Reading →

Julius Caesar and Leap Days

In 46 BC Julius Caesar reformed the calendar system. Based on advice by astronomer Sosigenes of Alexandria, the Julian calendar included one leap day every four years to account for the fact that an Earth year is slightly more than 365 days long.... Continue Reading →

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