William J.L. Sladen, Expert on Penguin Libidos, Is Dead at 96

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Spread the loveTweet Another goal in tracking the swans’ route and altitude was to prevent collisions between birds and airplanes. Continue reading the main story In Antarctica, by banding some…


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Charles P. Thacker Dies at 74; Helped Design Early Personal Computer

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Spread the loveTweet “The Alto was the thing that galvanized the hardware and software technology of the next 45 years, and astoundingly it was done by Chuck in just three…


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Elena Verdugo, Who Lifted Latina Image on TV, Dies at 92

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Spread the loveTweet From the outset, even before she was cast to replace Penny Santon, who played Nurse Lopez in the “Marcus Welby” pilot, Ms. Verdugo insisted that the part…


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Jean Sammet, Co-Designer of a Pioneering Computer Language, Dies at 89

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Spread the loveTweet “I thought of a computer as some obscene piece of hardware that I wanted nothing to do with,” Ms. Sammet recalled in an interview in 2000. Continue…


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Fred A. Kummerow, an Early Opponent of Trans Fats, Dies at 102

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Spread the loveTweet He followed up with a study involving pigs that were given a diet heavy in such artificial fats. He found high levels of artery-clogging plaque in them.…


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Amy Reed, Doctor Who Fought a Risky Medical Procedure, Dies at 44

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Spread the loveTweet Some insurers began declining coverage for morcellation, and one major manufacturer took its morcellators off the market. Use of the technique dropped. Continue reading the main story…


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Barbara Smith Conrad, Singer at Center of Integration Dispute, Dies at 79

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Spread the loveTweet More than 100 students rose in protest. Eight state legislators expressed indignation. A petition circulated, gathering 1,500 signatures. Mr. Chapman was hanged in effigy from a balcony…


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Peter Spier, Illustrator of Children’s Books, Dies at 89

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Spread the loveTweet “Noah’s Ark” brought Mr. Spier the Caldecott Medal, the highest honor for illustrators of picture books. Continue reading the main story He said that he created children’s…


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Dr. Julius Youngner, Polio Vaccine Pioneer, Dies at 96

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Spread the loveTweet By 1979, polio had been virtually eliminated in developed nations. “I think it’s absolutely fair to say that had it not been for Dr. Youngner, the polio…


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Obituary: Luis Olmo, a Pioneering Puerto Rican Baseball Player, Dies at 97

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Spread the loveTweet By the 1950s, black Latino players, most notably the future Hall of Famers Roberto Clemente and Orlando Cepeda, along with Vic Power and Ruben Gomez, all Puerto…


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