H1N1 Influenza Virus

In 1918, an influenza pandemic known as Spanish flu, caused by the H1N1 influenza virus, was reported to have infected at least half a billion people around the world. Estimates put the death toll at between 50 and 100 million people (which would have been 3%-5% of the entire population of the world at the – one of the deadliest epidemics in recorded human history. The H1N1 virus struck again in 2009. Fortunately the world was a bit better prepared.


In 1918, estimates put the death toll at more than 1% and some estimates range from anywhere from 3-5% of the entire world’s population. What was the cause?

Roman Goddess

The planet Venus was named after the Roman goddess of love! Happy Valentine’s Day!

Superman Could Do It

To convert graphite (carbon – typically thought of as a lump of coal) into a diamond you need to have both high temperature and pressure. To give you some idea of just how high, you have to heat graphite (carbon)the temperature has to be about 5,400 degrees Fahrenheit (3000 degrees Celsius) at a pressure of 100,000 atmospheres or approximately one and a half million pounds per square inch.

It’s Not Alchemy

What temperature and pressure is needed to convert graphite into a diamond?

New York Law School

In 1894, the same year bottled Cola-Cola hit the marketplace and motion picture film was granted a patent, the Evening Division of New York Law School was founded. New York Law School was first established in June of 1891 by a group of faculty and students of Columbia Law School who had a disagreement with the school over teaching methods and decided to found their own law school. New York Law School held its first classes on October 1, 1891, in the Equitable Building in Lower Manhattan (NYC). By 1892, after only a year in operation, it was the second largest law school in the United States and by 1904 had became the largest law school in the United States.


In 1894, bottled Cola-Cola first hit the marketplace and a patent for motion picture films was granted. What else is notable about that year?