Saturday, July 10, 2010

CELLS: for the microbiologist in you

The new time waster for me also happens to be a necessary source of scientific revision :) This is a very "cool" (yet nerdy) free online game for the microbiologist in us all... or the science student who requires unique ways in learning cellular function...

Friday, July 9, 2010

Happy birthday Goose

It happens to be someone's birthday today... yes, that's you Ben (special enough to elicit a blog out of me). I thought I'd point out the other miraculous happenstances surrounding your birthday some 23 years ago to the day... you know, for reminiscent sake.

During July 9th, 1987:
-- "Light-induced colour changes by the iridophores of the Neon tetra, Paracheirodon innesi" by Clothier, J. & Lythgoe, J.N. was published in the Journal of Cell Science.
-- It was a Thursday

During July 1987:
-- I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me) by Whitney Houston was the number 1 single in Australia for 5 weeks starting in June.
-- Movies of note during July, '87 include "La Bumba", "Jaws 4: Revenge", "Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise", "Superman IV: The Quest for Peace" and "RoboCop"

During 1987:
-- Susumu Tonegawa won the Nobel Prize for his discovery of the genetic principle for generation of antibody diversity
-- Most popular boy's name this year = Michael
-- Most popular girl's name this year = Jessica
-- Most noted cartoons include "The Care Bears", "Smurfs", "Thundercats", "Alf", "Transformers" and "Jem & the Holograms"

During July 9th (any year):
-- Sir George Howard Darwin (one of Sir Charles Darwin's sons) was born this day in 1845. He posed the theory that the moon was once part of the Earth and was the first to mathematically analyse the evolution of the Earth-moon relationship and solar tides.
-- In the Battle of Normandy, British and Canadian forces capture Caen, France during WWII, 1944.
-- In 1816, Argentina declared its independence from Spain.
-- Henry VIII of England annuls his marriage to his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves in 1540.