On This Day – 4th Jan

On 4th January 1900, James Bond was born.

Not the James Bond we know as Agent 007, but rather the inspiration behind the character. James Bond was an American ornithologist. Ornithology is the study of the behavior, ecology and environment of birds. James Bond traveled to as many as 100 different countries in pursuit of his knowledge on birds, eventually publishing a book called Birds of the West Indies. This book was seen by James Bond creator and author, Ian Fleming, who was a keen birdwatcher himself – and the rest as they say is history.


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On This Day – 9th Sept

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We’ve all heard of the term ‘bug’ concerning our general day to day and also technology, but have you ever wondered why glitches in different kinds of software are called bugs?

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“First actual case of bug being found”

While people were already using ‘bug’ to describe errors in performance before, its use today stems from a group recording the world’s first computer bug on 9th September 1947. This incident drew attention due to Grace Hopper, an American mathematician and rear admiral in the U.S. Navy who was a pioneer of computer programming. A group of Harvard University engineers and computer scientists were having trouble with their computer, and when they opened it, they discovered a bug – literally. Continue reading “On This Day – 9th Sept”

On This Day – June 11th

on this day psOn June 11th, 1998, the genome sequence of the bacterium that causes tuberculosis (TB) was completed and published in the scientific journal, Nature.

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This allowed scientists around the world to understand tuberculosis better and develop effective treatments. This was groundbreaking because TB is multi-drug resistant (meaning that it’s resistant to more than one antibiotic). Continue reading “On This Day – June 11th”