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Felix Baumgartner fell 24 miles through the Earth’s atmosphere on Sunday, breaking the sound barrier and hitting a speed of Mach 1.24 before landing safely back on Earth’s surface, thus proving that Red Bull does not in fact “give you wings,” but they can afford really good parachutes. Looking for more information? Check the interwebs

UAF Gets a Bodacious New Research Boat!

The RV Sikuliaq (pronounced see-KOO-lee-auk) was recently launched in Wisconsin. This vessel replaces an aging 40 year old National Science Foundation vessel, the RV Alpha Helix, and was made in America using Recovery Act funds. Its primary goal is to study changes in Arctic sea ice. The 261 ft long, 52 ft wide vessel contains 2250 square feet of lab space, and can comfortably hold 24 scientists and students per trip, making it every oceanographers “wet dream”…

 

On this day in (bloody) Science History!

1846 – The first public demonstration of anesthetic, ether was conducted by Dr. William T.G. Morton at the Massachusetts General Hospital.

1914 – Blood transfusions were becoming more common place in the battlefields of War World I, due to advances in storing and techniques for administration. (Exact dates and details are a bit fuzzy, so this is more a “year-ish in history.”)

1987 – The youngest person to ever receive a heart transplant, Paul Holc, survives surgery while only being three hours old.

 

Notable SCIENCE! Quotes

“Everything is theoretically impossible, until it is done. One could write a history of science in reverse by assembling the solemn pronouncements of highest authority about what could not be done and could never happen.”

Robert Heinlein. The Rolling Stones. 1952.

James Shewmake was the science and nerd culture columnist for the Alaska Commons. He also provided photojournalism and general editorial content for the site. He was the 2nd place finalist for the 2013 Alaska Press Club Leslie Ann Murray Award for his editorial piece on science and religion. James holds a Master’s of Science degree in Natural Resource Management from the University of Alaska - Fairbanks. When he is not working on content for the Commons, he is usually dedicating himself to research on subsistence fisheries, time travel, and/or the establishment of a new Galactic Empire.

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