We’re Donating 50% of our Profits for the Month of March to the March for Science!

Hi everyone! This Earth Day (April 22nd) the March for Science will take place in Washington, DC and around the world.
This event will give people a chance to take to the streets to show their support for science.
We’ll be donating 50% of our profits from the month of March to support the March for Science!
You can check out our store here: http://punkrockscientist.storenvy.com/
And the official site for the march here: https://www.marchforscience.com/

Here I am wearing our Brain t-shirt design. “The brain is a monstrous, beautiful mess”
The Brain shirt Punk Rock Scientist

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When the Beagle Set Sail

On this day in 1831 the Beagle set sail with Charles Darwin on board. Darwin would later publish “The Voyage of the Beagle” to document his five year journey, in which he traveled the world, explored, collected specimens, and ultimately gained experience and knowledge that would lead him to formulate his theory of evolution.

HMS Beagle

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The Discovery of the Coelacanth

On this day in 1938 a museum curator discovered an unusual fish among the catch of a fisherman off the South African coast. The fish was a coelacanth, believed to have been extinct for millions of years. Since then more living specimens have been found, primarily along the east African coast. Learn more about coelacanths and their important place in our own evolutionary history in this video –> https://youtu.be/ujKL1pUHDfo

Latimeria chalumnae

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Happy Birthday Freeman Dyson!

Happy Birthday to Freeman Dyson, who is 93 today! Dyson is a theoretical physicist and mathematician, known for his work in quantum electrodynamics, solid-state physics, astronomy and nuclear engineering. He is also known for the concept of the Dyson Sphere, a large structure that could theoretically be built by advanced alien civilizations to surround a star and gather more of its energy. Learn more about Dyson Spheres in this video –> https://youtu.be/GrM3f7Bil5A

Freeman Dyson

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The Last Manned Mission to the Moon

On this day in 1972 Apollo 17, the last of the Apollo missions, was launched. The crew spent three days on the lunar surface and collected scientific data from the surface as well as from orbit. One of the experiments of the mission involved five pocket mice that were brought along to test whether they would suffer any damage from cosmic rays.
The crew gave the mice the unofficial names “Fe”, “Fi”, “Fo”, “Fum” and “Phooey”.
This was the last time that humans visited the moon or traveled beyond low earth orbit.

Apollo 17 astronaut

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Pioneer 10’s Closest Approach to Jupiter

On this day in 1973 the Pioneer 10 spacecraft made its closest approach to Jupiter, sending back photos of the planet of increasing size. These were the first direct observations and close up images of Jupiter we had yet obtained. In its closest encounter the spacecraft came within 81,000 miles of Jupiter’s atmosphere. The measurements Pioneer 10 took of the intense radiation surrounding Jupiter were critical in the designs of later spacecraft for the Voyager and Galileo missions. http://www.nasa.gov/content/forty-years-ago-pioneer-10-closest-approach-to-jupiter

Pioneer 10 Jupiter

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The Founding of the EPA

On this day in 1970 the U.S. EPA was founded following growing public concern over pollution and environmental degradation. The work of the agency has led to significant improvements in air and water quality, and many engineers and scientists are employed in creating and enforcing its regulations.
Founding of the EPA
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Anniversary of “On the Origin of Species” Publication

On this day in 1859 “On the Origin of Species” was published. In the book Darwin laid out the evidence he had gathered over many years of travel and research, that led him to believe the process of natural selection and evolution was responsible for the biodiversity of life on our planet. Darwin’s ideas were highly controversial and still face opposition today, but they irrevocably changed the way we view the natural world.
Origin of Species
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The Skylab 4 Mission

On this day in 1973 the Skylab 4 mission was launched. The mission was the third manned Skylab mission, and brought the final crew to America’s first space station. Over the 84 days of the mission the four astronauts performed scientific experiments including medical activities and observations of the sun and the comet Kohoutek.

Skylab Astronauts

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The Mariner 9 Mission to Mars

On this day in 1971 Mariner 9 became the first spacecraft to enter into the orbit of another planet when it reached Mars carrying six scientific instruments. The mission would ultimately map 70% of the Martian surface as well as studying temporal changes, revealing that the planet was geologically active. Mariner 9 is still in orbit and is expected to burn up or crash by 2022.
Mariner 9
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