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Thousands of years ago in the Middle East, a random genetic mutation caused a group of grapes to spontaneously abort their own seeds before the seeds could develop hard casings. The result: seedless grapes. To reproduce the fruit, a farmer simply cloned the vine — meaning that all seedless grapes today are direct descendants of that one mutated grape vine.
Dr John C Taylor OBE Receives Harrison Medal
Inventor and horologist Dr John C Taylor OBE has been awarded the prestigious Harrison Medal by the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers at the annual Livery Dinner at Drapers’ Hall, London (November 10 2015). Founded in 1631, the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers is the oldest horological institution in the world, and its prestigious Harrison Medal has only been awarded to six other people. It commemorates outstanding achievements in propagating knowledge of the history of clockmaking and its appreciation, and is named after John Harrison, the renowned inventor of the marine chronometer. Previous recipients include the renowned astronomer and physicist Sir Arnold Wolfendale… read more
Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.