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An animal rights group known as the Nonhuman Rights Project filed lawsuits in three New York courts this week in an...
Researchers have been hot on the trail of the elusive Denisovans, a type of ancient human known only by their DNA and...
Thousands of scientists in the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) are about to lose their jobs as a result of the...
Dyslexia, a learning disability that hinders reading, hasn't been associated with deficits in vision, hearing, or...
Exotic, elusive, and dangerous, snakes have fascinated humankind for millennia. They can be hard to find, yet their...
Researchers have sequenced and analyzed the first two snake genomes, which represent two evolutionary extremes. The...
Snake venoms are remarkably complex mixtures that can stun or kill prey within minutes. But more and more researchers...
At age 30, Dutch biologist Freek Vonk has built up a respectable career as a snake scientist. But in his home country,...
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Discoveries by Induction
26 February 1997 7:30 pm
Today is the birthday of Dominique François Jean Arago, a French astronomer and physicist born in 1786. Arago is best known for his discovery of the chromosphere--the sun's lower atmosphere--which is composed primarily of hydrogen gas, and for his accurate estimates of the diameters of the planets. In physics, Arago found that a rotating copper disk deflects a magnetic needle held above it, a phenomenon later explained in terms of magnetic induction. He also showed that light waves move more slowly through a dense medium than through air. Arago entered politics in 1848 as Minister of War and Marine and was responsible for abolishing slavery in the French colonies.
[Source: Trevor I. Williams, Ed., A Biographical Dictionary of Scientists (John Wiley & Sons, ed. 3, New York, 1982).]