Why Do Flamingos Stand on One Leg?

Nearly 2.5 billion years of prokaryotic cells and nothing else – two-thirds of life’s history in stasis at the lowest level of recorded complexity… Why did life remain at stage 1 for two-thirds of its history if complexity offers such benefits? ~ Stephen Jay Gould 1941 to 2002 - Paleontologist

I think it would be quite wrong to suggest that my colleagues have rejected me or that I reject them. Quite the reverse. It’s only a small vociferous group – mainly biologists I’m sorry to say – that go beyond ordinary scientific criticism and start becoming personal. ~ James Lovelock 1919 – present - Gaia Theorist Inventor Scientific Polymath


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List of inventors!
List of inventors!

Benoît Fourneyron (1802–1867) France – water turbine.

Miksa Deri (1854–1938) Hungary – co-inventor of an improved closed-core transformer.

Jonas Wenström (1855–1893) Sweden – three-phase electrical power.

Peter Petroff (1919–2004) Bulgaria – digital wrist watch heart monitor weather instruments.

Heron (c. 10–70) Roman Egypt – usually credited with invention of the aeolipile although it may have been described a century earlier.

Oleg Antonov (1906–1984) Russia – An-series aircraft including A-40 winged tank and An-124 (the largest serial cargo later modified to world's largest fixed-wing aircraft An-225).

James Watt (1736–1819) Scotland – improved Steam engine.

Léon Serpollet (1858–1907) France – Flash boiler Gardner-Serpollet steam car.

James Fergason (born 1934) USA – improved liquid crystal display.

Anatoly Alexandrov (1903–1994) Russia – anti-mine demagnetising of ships naval nuclear reactors (including one for the first nuclear icebreaker).

Josef Ressel (1793–1857) Czechoslovakia – ship propeller.

Satyendra Nath Bose (1894–1974) India – work on gas-like properties of electromagnetic radiation Boson and providing foundation for Bose–Einstein statistics and Bose–Einstein condensate.

Wilhelm Schlenk (1879–1943) Germany – Schlenk flask (chemistry).

Yury Lomonosov (1876–1952) Russia/United Kingdom – first successful mainline diesel locomotive.

Carl Auer von Welsbach (1858–1929) Austria – Gas mantle ferrocerium.

Neil Arnott (1788–1874) UK – waterbed.

Wallace H. Coulter (1913–1998) USA – Coulter counter (cell biology).

Félix d'Herelle (1873–1949) together with Giorgi Eliava (1892–1937) France / Georgia – Phage therapy.

Arthur Pitney (1871–1933) United States – postage meter.

Joseph Aspdin (1788–1855) UK – Portland cement.


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Brilliant Quotes By Famous And Awesome Scientists!

Our thoughts visions and fantasies have a physical reality. A thought is made of hundreds of electrochemical impulses. ~ Carl Sagan 1934 to 1996 Astrobiologist Planetary Scientist

The uniform character of mathematics is the essence of science for mathematics is the foundation of all exact scientific knowledge. ~ David Hilbert 1862 – 1943 Mathematician

We think there is color we think there is sweet we think there is bitter but in reality there are atoms and a void. ~ Democritus c. 460 – c. 370 BC

Trial by combat of wits in disputations has no attraction for the seeker after truth; to him the appeal to experiment is the last and only test of the merit of an opinion conjecture or hypotheses. ~ Joseph Mellor - 1869 to 1938

Why the dinosaurs died out is not known but it is supposed to be because they had minute brains and devoted themselves to the growth of weapons of offense in the shape of numerous horns. ~ Bertrand Russell 1872 – 1970 - Mathematician and Philosopher

Archimedes’ finding that the crown was of gold was a discovery; but he invented the method of determining the density of solids. Indeed discoverers must generally be inventors; though inventors are not necessarily discoverers. - William Ramsay 1852 to 1916 Chemist

The legend that every cipher is breakable is of course absurd though still widespread among people who should know better. ~ J.E. Littlewood 1885 – 1977 - Mathematician


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In two parallel stories, the clockmaker John Harrison builds the marine chronometer for safe navigation at sea in the 18th Century and the horologist Rupert Gould becomes obsessed with restoring it in the 20th Century.

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NASA must devise a strategy to return Apollo 13 to Earth safely after the spacecraft undergoes massive internal damage putting the lives of the three astronauts on board in jeopardy.

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In 1961, famed social psychologist Stanley Milgram conducted a series of radical behavior experiments that tested ordinary humans' willingness to obey authority.


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