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2012: the year when we lost great minds

Hank Green tells us that this year we won’t lose the Universe, but we have lost some great minds: Neil Armstrong – first human on Moon, Sally Ride – first woman in space, Renato Dulbecoo – won 1976 Nobel prize for work on oncogenes, F. Sherwood Rowland – Nobel prize for work on atmospheric chemistry and chemical kinetics (he discovered that CFCs – clorofluorocarbons, cause a whole in the zone layer), Jopesh Murray – first human kidney transplant and E. Donnall Thomas – work on organ transplantation with Murray, and Andrew Huxley – Nobel prize for elucidating how organisms use electricity to move.

A great year that brought the end of great people, but not the end of all things as we know them.

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