Countershading: Why Do Penguins Wear Tuxedos?


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Things are as they are because they were as they were. - Thomas Gold 1920 to present Astrophysicist

I am busy just now again on electro-magnetism and I think I may have got hold of a good thing. ~ Michael Faraday 1791 – 1867


Countershading: Why Do Penguins Wear Tuxedos?

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List of inventors!
List of inventors!

Charles F. Brush (1849–1929) USA – a.o. Brush dynamo.

James Homer Wright (1869–1928) USA – Wright's stain (histology).

Robert Feulgen (1884–1955) Germany – Feulgen stain (histology).

Corliss Orville Burandt USA – Variable valve timing.

Nikolai Polikarpov (1892–1944) Russia – Po-series aircraft including Polikarpov Po-2 Kukuruznik (world's most produced biplane).

Samuel W. Alderson (1914–2005) USA – Crash test dummy.

Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790) USA – the pointed lightning rod conductor bifocal glasses the Franklin stove the glass harmonica.

Robert Metcalfe (born 1946) USA – Ethernet.

Gerd Binnig (born 1947) together with Heinrich Rohrer (1933–2013) Germany/Switzerland – Scanning tunneling microscope.

Pavel Yablochkov (1847–1894) Russia – Yablochkov candle (first commercially viable electric carbon arc lamp).

David Schwarz (1852–1897) Croatia – rigid ship later called Zeppelin.

Otto von Guericke (1602–1686) Germany – vacuum pump manometer dasymeter.

Ivan Fyodorov (c. 1510–1583) Russia/Poland–Lithuania – invented multibarreled mortar introduced printing in Russia.

Tivadar Puskas (1844–1893) Hungary – telephone exchange.

John Harrison (1693–1776) UK – marine chronometer.

Joseph G. Gall (born 1928) USA – In situ hybridization (cell biology).

Steve Kirsch (born 1956) USA – Optical mouse.

Yefim Smolin Russia – table-glass (stakan granyonyi).

Ernst Karl Abbe (1840–1905) Germany – Condenser (microscope) apochromatic lens refractometer.

Gottlob Widmann (inv. c. 1954) Germany – Electrical drip coffee maker.


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Brilliant Quotes By Famous And Awesome Scientists!

Benjamin Franklin performed a beautiful experiment using surfactants; on a pond at Clapham Common he poured a small amount of oleic acid a natural surfactant which tends to form a dense film at the water-air interface. He measured the volume required to cover all the pond. Knowing the area he then knew the height of the film something like three nanometers in our current units. ~ Pierre-Gilles de Gennes 1932 to 2007

In my experience most mathematicians are intellectually lazy and especially dislike reading experimental papers. ~ Francis Crick 1916 – 2004 - Molecular Biologist

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

Dr. Ikemoto repeatedly told me that we should not perform research that simply reproduced somebody else’s results. Rather we should do something unique and new. ~ Shinya Yamanaka 1962 to Present - Stem Cell Biologist

Experimental science hardly ever affords us more than approximations to the truth; and whenever many agents are concerned we are in great danger of being mistaken. ~ Humphry Davy - 1778 to 1829

There are many ways of knocking electrons out of atoms. The simplest is to rub two surfaces together. ~ Fred Hoyle 1915 to 2001

The finding of the double helix thus brought us not only joy but great relief. It was unbelievably interesting and immediately allowed us to make a serious proposal for the mechanism of gene duplication. ~ James Watson 1928 – Present - Geneticist


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