Marie Curie’s academic timeline (from the Curie Museum):
- 1903: finished PhD, won first Nobel prize
- 1906: appointed chaired professor in physics at the Sorbonne
- 1911: won second Nobel prize
And of course motorcycles by their very nature are more dangerous than automobiles. In 2010, 4,502 U.S. riders were killed in accidents, meaning that motorcycles accounted for 14 percent of traffic fatalities but less than one percent of vehicle miles traveled. Many of these deaths for practical purposes were self-inflicted — of the 14,000-plus cyclists killed from 2008 to 2010, 42 percent weren’t wearing a helmet.
It would make sense to me if birds’ vestibular systems were adapted to sense magnetic fields for navigation. Imagine if your inner ear was sensitive to not only accelerations but also absolute (magnetic) heading.
Consider that on this very day about 6,700 Americans will die. … Consider then that around 1,900 of the Americans who die today will be less than 65, and that indeed about 140 will be children. Approximately 50 Americans will be murdered today, including several women killed by their husbands or boyfriends, and several children who will die from abuse and neglect. Around 85 of us will commit suicide, and another 120 will die in traffic accidents. … All sorts of measures could be taken to reduce the current rate of automotive carnage from 120 fatalities a day—from lowering speed limits, to requiring mechanisms that make it impossible to start a car while drunk, to even more restrictive measures.
In the early 1980s, women accounted for just over 37% of all U.S. college students earning bachelor’s degrees in computer science. By 2010, that percentage had fallen to a little more than 17%, according to latest available data from the National Science Foundation.
fiery: c.1275, from M.E. fier “fire,” the offbeat spelling is a relic of one of the attempts to render O.E. “y” in fyr in a changing system of vowel sounds.
A school district in Minnesota that switched to a later schedule found that the average S.A.T. scores for the top ten per cent of the class rose by more than two hundred points, a result that the head of the College Board called “truly flabbergasting.