Month: November 2018

Charles Darwin

24 November is reserved to Charles Darwin 24 November 1859: Charles Darwin publishes ‘On the Origin of Species’ The publication of Darwin’s letters and reports from South America and the Galapagos islands established his reputation as a geologist of real standing. Among his most…

Russian Special Corps of Gendarmes, circa 1890

The Special Corps of Gendarmes was the uniformed security police of the Imperial Russian Army in the Russian Empire during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Its main responsibilities were law enforcement and state security. The responsibilities of the Gendarmes also included the execution…

The murder artist

Searching for his kidnapped twin sons, a TV journalist follows an eerie trail. However sensitive the matter in real life, child abduction can loom as a canard when the subject of a thriller. But the pseudonymous Case (The Eighth Day, 2002, etc.) rips into…

Hedy Lamarr

9 November is reserved to Hedy Lamarr She is remembered for her beauty on the silver screen, but the Hollywood actor spent her nights inventing a weapons communication system that was a precursor to wireless technologies including Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Lamarr also, captured international…

Globular Cluster Messier 79

In this image, taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, you can see Messier 79 (NGC 1904), a globular star cluster in the constellation of Lepus (The Hare, https://goo.gl/zGO0Vb), about 40,000 light-years away from Earth. While only 120 light-years in diameter, it contains about 150,000…