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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Heinrich Rudolf Hertz: Google Doodle for a guy who rode a wave

Google's doodle honoring Hertz
Google put up an animated doodle of their logo honoring the 155th birthday of Heinrich Hertz. The animated logo doodle was posted on Wednesday, February 22, 2012.

Here's more from the LA Times:
Heinrich Rudolf Hertz -- who, like Van Gogh and Mozart, was a rare genius not fully appreciated during his lifetime -- is honored with a Google Doodle today, his 155th birthday. And perhaps the reason the German physicist wasn't valued for his work was that no one at that point was smart enough to do so.

Even Hertz didn't get it.

The German physicist, who was the first to broadcast and receive radio waves, did not realize at the time the broader implications of his work -- which laid the groundwork for the invention of the wireless telegraph, radio and TV.
"I do not think that the wireless waves I have discovered will have any practical application," Hertz once wrote, according to Scotland's University of St. Andrews.

Hertz made his discoveries young -- he began exercising his smarts early and was beginning his groundbreaking work at age 28. But his life was short, likely depriving the world of a host of amazing efforts. 

Contemplating the accomplishments he did make is enough to give those with more average brains a headache.  

He was the first to broadcast and receive radio waves, and he established "beyond any doubt" that light and heat were electromagnetic radiations.
Read more here.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Above-Normal Number of Tornadoes Expected in 2012

State College, Pa. -- 21 February 2012 -- AccuWeather.com reports following a near-record number of tornadoes in 2011, an active severe weather season with above-normal tornadoes is expected in 2012.

There were 1,709 tornadoes in 2011, falling short of the record 1,817 tornadoes set in 2004. In comparison, the average number of tornadoes over the past decade is around 1,300.

Last year ranks as the fourth most deadly tornado year ever recorded in the United States.

Read more at the link in the headline or click here.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

DASCCON-1 Severe Weather Workshop and Conference

Received the following email:

Greetings from the Dixie Alley Storm Chase Team,

On Saturday July 28th, 2012 at Union University in Jackson, TN... The Dixie Alley Storm Chase Team will be hosting DASCCON-1 Severe Weather Workshop and Conference. The main focus of this event will be educating the general public on how severe weather events impact our communities. There will be two Skywarn spotter training sessions along with a Storm Chaser Car Show, vendor product demonstrations, etc. We will also have two very well known keynote speakers that will share their experiences and insights about severe weather. Our speakers will be...

Chris Chittick (TornadoVideos.net)
Tim Samaras (Twistex)

We are expecting a very large turnout for DASCCON-1 this Summer in Jackson, TN... And we would like to offer you an opportunity to be a part of this year's event. Also, with the tragic news of the death of storm chaser Andy Gabrielson DASCCON-1 will be held in his honor as a tribute to his contributions to the storm chaser community. You will be able to find an event flyer and sponsor registration forms on our website at http://www.dascon-1.dixiechasers.net

Thank you,

Tim McNeill - The Dixie Alley Storm Chase Team