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1. ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
25th April 1953: The discovery of the structure of DNA announced
"Molecular Structure of Nucleic Acids: A Structure for Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid" was an article published by Francis Crick and James D. Watson in the scientific journal Nature in its 171st volume on pages 737–738 (dated 25 April 1953). It was the first publication which described the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA, using X-ray diffraction and the mathematics of a helix transform.
This article is often termed a "pearl" of science because it is brief and contains the answer to a fundamental mystery about living organisms. This mystery was the question of how it is possible that genetic instructions are held inside organisms and how they are passed from generation to generation. The article presented a simple and elegant solution, which surprised many biologists at the time who believed that DNA transmission was going to be more difficult to deduce and understand. The discovery had a major impact on biology, particularly in the field of genetics, enabling later researchers to understand the genetic code.
All the plaudits and honours for the discovery went to Watson and Crick. In more recent times, it has been accepted that there was a larger team of scientists involved who all contributed to the discovery, most notably Rosalind Franklin, whose X-Ray crystallography work made the discovery possible. She would have received much more of the recognition she deserved in subsequent years had she not died of ovarian cancer in 1958, aged 37.
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
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I have recently slipped into an unwanted pattern of 4am waking! At least it's happened at a good time, as with clients finishing courses I have more spare time at the moment, so can catch up during the day, as bodymind won't re-charge sufficiently on just 5 hours.
All recent bodymind disruptions and changes I attribute to ageing, also known as DYING! This doesn't distress me like it did at 5 years old when I first found out it was going to happen. On the contrary, because it's at the forefront of my mind, it focuses my mind wonderfully, much more so than people who treat it as the "elephant in the room"
There's not a lot I can do about these changes and the inconveniences they bring. I must simply accept them and make the best use of what still works, and modify behaviour to prevent damage to an increasingly fragile form. I have set a target of 80 in order to achieve maximum difference, and if successful, anything after that will be "bonus time" to make bonus difference with. A more important target is to outlive Missus, as she would be bereft without me and would not receive the quality care she gets now.
The death of any of the four of us, even ex-Daughter, would be disastrous right now in its effect on the rest. It would be helpful if everyone in the nuclear family survived another decade, to see the children fully established on independent paths with their own families. Then Missus followed by me could depart in peace. Of course, this is mainly up to factors out of my control. However, I believe focus on something makes it more likely to occur, so I envisage this scenario daily!
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Are you conscious that you have a limited time to achieve your objective?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Cloudy, in the morning, rain in the afternoon, dry in the evening, feeling cold
1010 millibars and static
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
Passive aggressive has never been my thing. I prefer chasing people with a chainsaw. :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Christina Davis - Being an Australian Woman in America
The brains of adult men are about 10% larger in total size than the brains of women. Because men generally have a larger stature and more muscle mass than women, their brains require more neurons to control the body.
9. ZEN WISDOM
Courage and compassion are two sides of the same coin. Compassion without courage is not genuine. You may have a compassionate thought or impulse, but if you don’t have the courage to do or say anything, it’s not real compassion.