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The Pyrenean ibex, an impressive mountain goat that lived in the central Pyrenees in Spain, went extinct in 2000. But a...
Tight budgets are forcing NASA to consider turning off one or more planetary science projects that have completed their...
Ebola is not a stranger to West Africa—an outbreak in the 1990s killed chimpanzees and sickened one researcher. But the...
In an as-yet-unpublished report, an international panel of geoscientists has concluded that a pair of deadly...
Tropical disease experts tried and failed before to eradicate yaws, a rare disfiguring disease of poor countries. Now,...
Since 2002, researchers have reported that agricultural communities in the hot and humid Pacific Coast of Central...
Balkan endemic kidney disease surfaced in the 1950s and for decades defied attempts to finger the cause. It occurred...
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22 September 1999 8:00 pm
On this day in 1791, Michael Faraday, a renowned English physical chemist and popularizer of science, was born. Faraday is considered the most brilliant experimentalist of the 1800s for his important discoveries about the fundamental nature of magnetism, electricity, and light. Faraday's basic laws of electrolysis, put forth in 1834, established the link between electricity and chemical reactions. Faraday is also credited with the discovery of electromagnetic induction--the basis of the electric motor--and the transformer, and with building the first electric generator. In 1846 he came up with a bold new electromagnetic theory of light that set the stage for further revelations by Albert Einstein.
[Source: Roy Porter, Ed., The Biographical Dictionary of Scientists (Oxford University Press, ed. 2, 1994).]