Daily Archives: June 16, 2011

Today’s Birthday: George Gaylord Simpson (1902)


 Today’s Birthday

George Gaylord Simpson (1902)

 Simpson, an American paleontologist, helped develop the modern biological theory of evolution, drawing on paleontology, genetics, ecology, and natural selection. His contributions to evolutionary theory include a detailed classification of mammals, which is still the standard, and the discovery of the migratory and evolutionary patterns of the prehistoric fauna of the Americas, from which he deduced that species reached adaptive peaks and suffered accidental dispersal. What word did he coin? More… Discuss

This Day In History: Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova Becomes First Woman in Space (1963)


Tereshkova was a Soviet cosmonaut who became the first woman to fly in space. In 1963, she was the solo pilot of a three-day flight aboard Vostok 6, orbiting the Earth 48 times. Her flight was her only experience in space, and she left the Soviet space program soon after and married cosmonaut Andriyan Nikolayev. Their daughter, Elena, born a year later, was the first child of parents who had both been in space. What was Tereshkova’s job before she was recruited as a cosmonaut? More… Discuss

Quotation Of the Day (June 16, 2011) – Washington Irving benevolence, kindness of heart


 How easy it is for one benevolent being to diffuse pleasure around him; and how truly is a kind heart a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity to freshen into smiles!

Washington Irving (1783-1859) Discuss (Please click this link to read some ‘effervescent’ comments ( not all out of place) about this idyllic, romantic yes, but still true today: it’s easier to put a happy face, than a grumpy one, see what I mean?)

In the News: China Covering up Children Lead Poisoning


China downplays risk to children from lead poisoning_report Reuters

China downplays risk to children from lead poisoning_report Reuters (Click on picture to read original article)