It’s going to cool off this weekend in Chicago, with a high of only 78°F (25°C), and that’s predicted to last a week. Thank Ceiling Cat! After lovely temperatures in Poland, I came back to serious heat in Chicago. It’s Saturday, so I’m not sure who will be reading this. If you are, and know a reputed connection between Isaac Newton and cat welfare, weigh in below.
Today is World Mosquito Day, commemorating Ronald Ross’s discovery that female mosquitoes are the carriers of human malaria (he decided on August 20 as Mosquito Day). Mosquitos throughout the world are celebrating their new status as carriers of Zika. This is also a banner day for evolutionists, for it was on August 20, 1858, that, in a pair of joint papers in The Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society of London, Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace announced their theories of evolution by natural selection. I still claim that Wallace’s was really a theory of group rather than individual selection, but read his paper for yourself (item III on this website).
Notables born on this day include Jöns Jacob Berzelius (1779), one of the founders of modern chemistry. On this day in 1915, the first Paul Ehrlich died: the German Nobel Laureate who made revolutionary advances in medical testing. I believe he’s profiled in one of the books that most influenced me to become a scientist, Paul de Kruif’s The Microbe Hunters (1926). Has anybody read this classic? Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is affronted. Malgorzata explains with a caption: “This is Hili’s comment after she was informed about NASA’s grant to theologians.”
Hili: I’m shocked.A: What about?Hili: There is no search for feline life in Cosmos.
Hili: Jestem zaszokowana.
Hili: Brakiem poszukiwania kociego życia w kosmosie.