Malcolm Scott Carpenter, who used his middle name as his first, was the second American to orbit the Earth, way back in 1962, on the Mercury mission. (John Glenn was the first.) Carpenter died today in Denver.
Robert G. Edwards, a British physiologist who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2010 for his pioneering work on in vitro fertilization, died today. In the 1960s, Edwards and his collaborator Patrick Steptoe began working on artificial fertilization, finally succeeding after eight years of work--at which point they were the center of a fiery controversy about the morality of this technique.
Today, in an almost insultingly brief statement in the middle of a press release about something else entirely, HP killed off its most recent acquisition, and perhaps its most beloved platform: WebOS, the mobile OS designed by the scrappy gurus at Palm. It's a bitter, inconsequential end for an OS that in its own way paved as much ground as the iPhone, and that even in its current decrepit state is a damn fine platform. WebOS, you deserved better.