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All posts from: April 2010
On this day 80 years ago (1 May 1930), Pluto was announced as the official name for the body identified as the the ninth planet in our solar system. The name was proposed by Venetia Burney, an 11-year-old schoolgirl from Oxford, who was rewarded with five pounds for her contribution.
Every pharmacist is familiar with the placebo effect, in which patients have positive experiences after taking a dummy pill. But not everyone will be familiar with the opposite phenomenon, the nocebo effect, in which patients experience adverse effects after taking a bogus medicinal product.
The German physicist Max von Laue was born plain Max Laue on 9 October 1879 in Pfaffendorf, Germany. The “von” was added to the family name in 1913 when his father, Julius, was raised to hereditary nobility for his work as an official in German military administration.
After the recent harsh winter a welcome sight, if somewhat later than usual, was an abundance of yellow catkins dangling from the bare branches of hazel trees in gardens and hedgerows.
My father, who had an enormous interest in shipwrecks, told me that those in the Baltic Sea are distinguished from those in many other places by their lack of deterioration. But I never knew why.
Three hundred years ago, on 10 April1710, the world’s first fully fledged copyright law entered intoforce — in Britain, of course. Its full title was “An Act for theEncouragement of Learning, by vesting the Copies of Printed Books inthe Authors or purchasers of such Copies, during the Times thereinmentioned”. But it is generally known simply as either the
Early in 1860 this curious advertisement appeared in some US newspapers: “Young, skinny, wiry fellows. Not over 18. Must be expert riders. Willing to risk death daily. Orphans preferred.” Although the work sounded dangerous, a wage of $25 a week was on offer and there was no shortage of applicants.
One of the earliest attempts to reach international agreement on preventing the use of poison or poisoned weapons took place at the Brussels Convention of 1874. Later, at the Hague Conference in 1899, the participating states pledged “not to employ asphyxiating or deleterious gases”.
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