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All posts from: January 2013
Jake Garn is a US politician who served as a Republican senator from 1974 to 1993. However, he seems doomed to be remembered not for any political achievements but for an unwitting contribution to the study of motion sickness in astronauts.
With all my grandchildren now at school or nursery, the whole family has become exposed to childhood diseases, and my wife has managed to contract two infections that we do not recall having been around when our own children were still infants.
Sir Thomas Bodley, who died 400 years ago this week, was a diplomat and scholar, but probably his greatest achievement was refounding the library at Oxford, later named in his honour. Bodley introduced ideas and practices to the Bodleian that still benefit modern libraries.
In a study published recently in Nature Medicine, a team from the University of Pennsylvania showed that the deletion of a gene contained in fat cells, which influences the mammalian circadian clock, can cause mice to become obese without any change in calorific intake.
Saturday 19 January 2013 is the 200th anniversary of the birth, in Charlton, Hertfordshire, of the inventor Henry Bessemer.
My grandchildren enjoy snacking on a brand of cereal bar that displays a believe-it-or-not zoological fact on each wrapper. One of these reads: “Did you know? The last animal in the alphabet is the zyzzyva.”Not true! The last animal in the alphabet is the U (ewe) — others being the B (bee), I (ai, or three-toed sloth) and J (jay). And maybe N (’en)?
One technique used in the study of wild birds is ringing. Usually a small, numbered metal ring is placed round a bird’s leg, so that if it is later recaptured, or found dead, the ring may help provide information about migration, longevity and other aspects of its life.
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