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Jack Kevorkian Convicted of Second-Degree Murder

By 1998, Dr. Jack Kevorkian had been prosecuted numerous times—without being convicted—for the deaths of terminally ill patients whose suicides he had admittedly assisted. However, after the TV program 60 Minutes aired a videotape of him administering a lethal injection to a man who was too physically debilitated to commit suicide on his own, Kevorkian was charged with murder. He chose to defend himself in court and was convicted. He was paroled eight years later under what conditions?



Snow Blindness

The ultraviolet (UV) rays and bright sunlight reflected off snow or ice can literally burn unprotected human eyes, particularly at high altitudes, where UV rays are especially intense. The resulting condition, known as snow blindness, may not be noticed for several hours following exposure. Then, pain and inflammation set in, accompanied by a temporary reduction of vision that may last several days while the surface of the cornea heals. How did the Inuit traditionally prevent snow blindness?

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Sir Benjamin Thompson, Count Rumford

A scientist and inventor, Thompson was perhaps the first person to recognize heat as a form of motion, at a time when many believed it to be a substance. He invented various heat-related items, including a double boiler, a drip coffeepot, thermal underwear, and a more efficient fireplace. After he was denied a commission in the Continental Army, Thompson spied for the British in the American Revolution. When he had to flee the country, what particularly notable thing did he leave behind?

Last updated on Tuesday, 26th March 2013

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