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Geek Fact for November 14th

In 1908
, Albert Einstein presented his quantum theory of light. Einstein developed a theory that light carries energy in quanta, known as photons, and showed that light consists of particles. Learn more at http://www.ehow.com/facts_5731774_albert-einstein_s-quantum-theory-light.html.

Geek Fact for November 13th

In 1980, U.S. spacecraft Voyager I sent back the first close-up pictures of Saturn. Voyager 1 found that about seven percent of the volume of Saturn’s upper atmosphere is helium while almost all the rest is hydrogen. Learn more at http://voyager.jpl.nasa.gov/science/saturn.html.

Geek Fact for November 11th

In 1851, the telescope was patented by Alvan Clark of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Alvan Clark and his two sons had almost no formal training but learned how to build the finest refracting telescopes in the world at that time. Learn more at http://www.oneminuteastronomer.com/66/alvan-clark-master-telescope-maker/.

Geek Fact for November 10th

In 1951, the first long distance telephone call without operator assistance was made. The mayor of Englewood, New Jersey, M. Leslie Downing dialed 10 digits and, eighteen seconds later, reached the mayor of Alameda, California, Frank Osborne. Learn more at http://www.corp.att.com/attlabs/reputation/timeline/51trans.html.

Geek Fact for November 8th

In 1895, Wilhelm Röntgen discovered x-rays. A week after his discovery, Rontgen took an X-ray photograph of his wife’s hand which clearly revealed her wedding ring and her bones. Learn more at http://inventors.about.com/od/xyzstartinventions/a/x-ray.htm. Photo credit: NASA

Geek Fact for November 7th

In 1994, radio station WXYC launched the world’s first internet radio broadcast. WXYC 89.3 FM is the non-commercial student-run radio station of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Learn more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WXYC.

Geek Fact for November 2nd

In 1920, KDKA in Pittsburgh, PA went on the air as the first commercial radio station. KDKA signed on the air and, at 8:00 PM, began transmitting updates on the presidential election returns. Learn more at http://explorepahistory.com/hmarker.php?markerId=1-A-30F.

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