April 2012

Geek Fact for April 29th

In 1813, rubber is patented. J. F. Hammel received the first U.S. patent related to rubber for an India rubber varnish which made shoes waterproof. Read more about the history of rubber at http://www.rubber.org/100th-anniversary2

Geek Fact for April 27th

In 1936, mathematician Karl Pearson died. Karl Pearson was a leading founder of the modern field of statistics. Teaching graphical methods at University College in London formed the basis for his original interest in statistics. Learn more at http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/448102/Karl-Pearson

Geek Fact for April 26th

In 1962, the U.S. rocket Ranger IV landed on the far side of the Moon. While the Russians had achieved this feat in 1959, this was the first time an American spacecraft had successfully reached the Moon. Learn more at http://www.impactlab.net/2007/04/26/1962-first-us-rocket-lands-on-moon/

Geek Fact for April 25th

In 1954, the first solar battery was announced. Funded by Bell Laboratories, three American researchers, Gerald Pearson, Calvin Fuller and Daryl Chapin, designed a silicon solar cell capable of a six percent energy conversion efficiency with direct sunlight. Learn more at http://inventors.about.com/od/sstartinventions/a/solar_cell.htm

Geek Fact for April 23rd

In 1971, Soyuz 10 launched and became the first spacecraft to dock with a space station (Salyut 1). A soft docking was accomplished. However, the crew could not achieve a secure enough docking to allow entry into the station. Learn more at http://historicspacecraft.com/soyuz.html

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