Day 256. ANZACs and Double Helices

In April 2013 on April 25, 2013 at 8:10 pm

tim hudson

Today has been a poignant day for many Australians and New Zealanders, with 25th April marking ANZAC Day. On this day in 1915 allied forces landed on Gallipoli; now we use the occasion to remember all men and women who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations.

The photograph above shows my great Uncle Robert Douglas “Tim” Clarke (1913-1942), a member of the RAAF Beaufighter squadron in Darwin. He died in action off Timor in November 1942.

Today also marks 60 years since the publication of the double-helix structure of DNA by Watson and Cricks, a discovery which changed the face of science.

Adam Rutherford – editor at the journal Nature – has written a lovely article about the discovery and its publication:

“our understanding of life was changed forever that day, and the modern era of biology began.”

[image courtesy of Russell Hudson, Perth, WA]


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