On the centenary of gifted, careful researcher Rosalind Franklin, a reminder of the obstacles she overcame.
[James] Watson and his Cambridge collaborator and eventual fellow Nobel Laureate Francis Crick were not doing laboratory research on the structure of DNA, but they were actively attempting to build a model of it. Franklin’s image provided them with a breakthrough. Franklin was a cautious scientist, believing that modeling should await airtight scientific evidence. But Watson and Crick were less hesitant and became convinced that their double helix model must be correct.
The deeds of Rudolph, Tundra-Wanderer, by Philip Chapman-Bell.
Þa in Cristesmæsseæfne stormigum clommum,
Halga Claus þæt gemunde to him maðelode:
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Five songs to mark the centenary of Billy Strayhorn.
In honor of the opening of Washington Dulles International Airport 52 years ago: a stunning gallery of images of the Eero Saarinen-designed airport under construction, photographed by Balthazar Korab, and donated to the Library of Congress.
Today’s not his birthday, but hats off anyway to Frederick Vernon Coville, commercializer of blueberries.
Happy 50th anniversary to the Urban Mass Transportation Act, in short, the legislation that made Metro (and transit projects across the country) happen. Martin Di Caro interviews Therese McMillan of the Federal Transit Administration.
Happy birthday to today’s Google Doodle honoree, Agnes Martin.
Happy 100th to the homely, historic Hotel Harrington. These days I pass by the edifice on my walk from the subway.
Birthday greetings to Harry Sinclair Lewis (1885-1951), courtesy of the Writer’s Almanac.
Happy birthday, Ernie.
Leta claims that, in our relationship, she is Ernie and I am Bert. I fail to see the resemblance.
One of my favorite routines: chair sharing.
Happy 100th to John Cage. His “Lecture on Nothing,” performed by Kaegan Sparks, is trending at UbuWeb.
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Happy birthday, Charles “Yardbird” Parker, Jr. Tom Vitale has a encore story on the making of “Ko Ko.”
Bonne anniversaire, Doris Eileen.