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Sherman R. Poppen, a man who many winter sports enthusiasts consider the father of modern snowboarding, has died, according to family members.  A Muskegon, MI native, Poppen died Wednesday, July 31, in Griffin, Georgia. He was 89 years old.

Poppen is most known for his invention of the Snurfer, a snowbound mono-ski with a string on the front similar to a toboggan. He created the contraption in his Muskegon home on Christmas Day 1965.

It was built as a simple toy to entertain his young, energetic children, who by all accounts thought it was a hit.  Seeing their joy, Poppen patented the Snurfer a year later, and the rest is history.

 

Including Sherman.

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Wikipedia says that Nikolai Kardachev, known for the Kardashev scale for measuring the advancement of civilizations, has died.

A Kardashev civilization type II is able to use the whole energy output of it's star, i.e. has built a Dyson sphere.

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Not sure this information is of any use but professor / author / science journal editor Melvyn Fein has inoperable pancreatic cancer and all treatments have failed.

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17 minutes ago, gcreptile said:

Not sure this information is of any use but professor / author / science journal editor Melvyn Fein has inoperable pancreatic cancer and all treatments have failed.

 

Wont be feeling fein then!

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On 04/07/2019 at 12:04, YoungWillz said:

James Lovelock is back just ahead of his 100 birthday.

 

Judge for yourselves if he's got another year in him: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/science-environment-48858692/james-lovelock-on-the-future-of-ai-and-climate-change

 

According to The New Statesman, James Lovelock is recovering from a lengthy spell of pneumonia.

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On 05/08/2019 at 22:40, gcreptile said:

Not sure this information is of any use but professor / author / science journal editor Melvyn Fein has inoperable pancreatic cancer and all treatments have failed.

Melvyn Fein is dead behind the paywall:

https://www.mdjonline.com/neighbor_newspapers/news/state/columnist-melvyn-fein-has-died/article_24f18aa9-9ec0-524a-9732-33a6c98b6e3b.html

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2 hours ago, Dead Wait said:

 

I’ll make a little reminder for myself about him - know a good way to do this?

That (or some version of that) was too easy and obvious.  Sad that dean1991 didn't include that in his post.  

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2 hours ago, Sir Creep said:

That (or some version of that) was too easy and obvious.  Sad that dean1991 didn't include that in his post.  

It is distressing. 

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Lord Rees looking weak in the Lords, holding onto the bench in front of him to speak on climate change.

 

 

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Yeah, he'll not really need to worry about the outcome though...:)

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In a year that has been harsh to veteran computer scientists (George Felton and Conway Berners-Lee spring to mind) legendary MOS computer designer Chuck Peddle has died aged 82 (yes, the source sucks, but there are better ones available).

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