Videos October 15, 2017

“Wherever I look, I see nuances withering away. On TV shows, we have one anti-something speaker situated against a pro-something speaker. Yeah? It’s good ratings. It’s even better if they shout at each other. Even in academia, where our intellect is supposed to be nourished, you see one atheist scholar competing with a firmly theist scholar, but it’s not a real intellectual exchange, because it’s a clash between two certainties. Slowly and systematically, we are being denied the right to be complex.”
Elif Shafak
The revolutionary power of diverse thought

FYI October 15, 2017

1951 – Mexican chemist Luis E. Miramontes conducts the very last step of the first synthesis of norethisterone, the progestin that would later be used in one of the first three oral contraceptives.
Norethisterone (NET), also known as norethindrone, is a medication that is used in combination with estrogen or alone in hormonal contraceptives, hormone replacement therapy, and in the treatment of gynecological disorders. It is a synthetic progestogen (or a progestin) of the 19-nortestosterone group and has similar effects to those of natural progesterone, including suppression of gonadotropins, ovulation inhibition, and endometrial transformation.[4][5] In addition to its progestogenic activity, NET also has weak androgenic and estrogenic effects at high dosages.[3][6] In addition to NET itself, several prodrugs of NET, such as norethisterone acetate (NETA), norethisterone enanthate (NETE), and others, have been marketed and have similar effects and uses.[7][8][9]

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Luis Ernesto Miramontes Cárdenas (March 16, 1925 – September 13, 2004) was a Mexican chemist known as the co-inventor of the progestin norethisterone used in one of the first three oral contraceptives.

Miramontes was born at Tepic, Nayarit. He obtained his first Degree in chemical engineering in the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). He was a founding researcher of the Institute of Chemistry of UNAM, specializing mainly in the area of Organic Chemistry. He was a professor of the Faculty of Chemistry of UNAM, Director and professor of the School of Chemistry at the Universidad Iberoamericana, and deputy Director of Research at the Mexican Institute of Petroleum (IMP). Miramontes was a member of diverse scientific societies, such as the American Chemical Society (Emeritus), the Mexican Institute of Chemical Engineers, the National Institute of Chemical and Chemical Engineers, the Chemical Society of Mexico, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the New York Academy of Sciences.

He died in Mexico City in 2004.

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1829 – Asaph Hall, American astronomer and academic (d. 1907)
Asaph Hall III (October 15, 1829 – November 22, 1907) was an American astronomer who is most famous for having discovered the moons of Mars, Deimos and Phobos, in 1877.[1] He determined the orbits of satellites of other planets and of double stars, the rotation of Saturn, and the mass of Mars.

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By Gary Price: Stanford University Archives Launches Transcription Crowdsourcing Project
The University Archives is pleased to announce the launch of a crowdsourcing project to transcribe handwritten letters and documents within its holdings. Accessible at, the project currently features 8 unique collections for users to transcribe:

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907 Updates October 15, 2017

By Cameron Mackintosh and Phil Walczak: 23 Alaskan veterans return from honor flight to Washington DC
By Victoria Taylor: A member of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen visits JBER
By Bonney Bowman: Inside the Gates: Saying goodbye
KTVA’s Bonney Bowman has been covering the military in Alaska for four years. In that time, she’s traveled around the state and the world with our service members, bringing you their stories.

By Juan Montes: UPDATE: Two people dead, others injured after a vehicle collision on the Seward Highway
By Kalinda Kindle: Mobile food pantry brings fresh produce to those in need
By Patrick Moussignac: Bump stocks a rare sight at Anchorage gun show

Quotes October 15, 2017

Competence, like truth, beauty and contact lenses, is in the eye of the beholder.
Laurence J. Peter,
educator and writer
“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”
Leonardo Da Vinci
Be patient and tough; someday this pain will be useful to you.
“We’ll light the candle together when she’s ready. For now I’ll trust the darkness for us both.”
Terri St. Cloud
When a man imagines, even after years of striving, that he has attained perfection, his decline begins.
Theodore Martin,
poet and biographer
The older I get, the less I care about what people think of me. Therefore, the older I get, the more I enjoy life.