Viruses

The two most common causative agents of infectious diseases are viruses and bacteria. Both are invisible to the naked eye, allowing for their stealthy transfer from person to person during an outbreak of a contagious disease. Here is a small selection discussing viruses, transcribed in Centennial Gregg for the blog by yours truly. Attachment: viruses.pdf

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Molecular Structure of Nucleic Acids

The double helix structure of a nucleic acid living in chromosomes, called DNA, short for deoxyribonucleic acid, is arguably the most recognizable icon in biology. In 1943, Oswald Avery discovered that DNA is the source of heredity. However, it would take almost 20 years and three scientists — James Watson, Francis Crick, and Maurice Wilkins —…

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Rare Gregg Writer Vol 2 on Google Books

Google Books recently scanned most of Gregg Writer Volume 2 from the Harvard library collection. The scan includes October 1899. It also includes February through September 1900. November, December, and January are missing from the Harvard collection and were not scanned. (For Volume 2, the magazine ran from October 1899 through September 1900.) Google Books…

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The Tame Deer and the Mirror

William Byrd II, American planter and author, from colonial Virginia, is considered the founder of the cities of Richmond and Petersburg, Virginia. His writings in the form of diaries or journals gave in an entertaining way the incidents and observations of his long and varied career. Byrd and his neighbors lived like English gentlemen. In this…

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A Boy’s Plans for Self-Improvement

Benjamin Franklin’s Autobiography is considered the most readable book published in America in the 18th century. He wrote it at odd moments during the last twenty years of his life. The first five chapters were in the form of a letter written in 1771 to his son, the then Governor of New Jersey, and were…

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Remarks upon Receiving the Nobel Prize

American novelist and short story writer William Faulkner was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1950 “for his forceful and independently artistic contribution to modern American fiction.” Here is his Nobel banquet speech, transcribed in Simplified Gregg by yours truly. Attachment: remarks-upon-receiving-the-nobel-prize.pdf

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The Pony Express

Traveling by stagecoach to Virginia City, NV, Mark Twain and his companions watched eagerly for a glimpse of the fleetest messenger of the day, the Pony Express. Here is his description from his book Roughing It, and written for the blog in Centennial Gregg by me. Attachment: the-pony-express.pdf

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On Skates

Figure skating is a very popular sport around the world, and part of its popularity is due to the achievements of Dick Button, two-time Olympic champion (1948, 1952) and five-time World champion (1948–1952), and the only non-European man to have become European champion. Button was the first skater to successfully land the double axel jump…

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Where Bush Pilots Fly

The airplane has been called “the backbone of transportation” in Alaska. Scheduled flights over established routes connect all cities and towns. Daring bush pilots fly their own planes anywhere at any time, often to remote areas far off the regular routes. In this selection from his book Alaska, the Forty-Ninth State, Willis Lindquist describes the…

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