Daily Bread for 6.6.22: D-Day, Seventy-Eight Years On

Good morning.

Monday in Whitewater will be rainy with a high of 70. Sunrise is 5:16 AM and sunset 8:30 PM for 15h 13m 57s of daytime.  The moon is a waxing crescent with 38.7% of its visible disk illuminated.

On this day in 1944,  Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of Normandy, begins with the execution of Operation Neptune—commonly referred to as D-Day—the largest seaborne invasion in history. Nearly 160,000 Allied troops cross the English Channel with about 5,000 landing and assault craft, 289 escort vessels, and 277 minesweepers participating. By the end of the day, the Allies have landed on five invasion beaches and are pushing inland.

On that day, Gen. Eisenhower issued a D-day statement to the soldiers, sailors, and airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force, 6/44:

Chief Photographer’s Mate Robert F. Sargent’s Into the Jaws of Death depicts the peril Americans faced, and overcame, to liberate Europe.

LCVP (Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel) from the U.S. Coast Guard-manned USS Samuel Chase disembarks troops of Company A, 16th Infantry1st Infantry Division (the Big Red One) wading onto the Fox Green section of Omaha Beach (Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France) on the morning of June 6, 1944. American soldiers encountered the newly formed German 352nd Division when landing. During the initial landing two-thirds of Company E became casualties.

A robotic Petri dish: How to grow human cells in a robot shoulder:

Human cells grown in the lab could one day be used for a variety of tissue grafts, but these cells need the right kind of environment and stimulation. New research suggests that robot bodies could provide tendon cells with the same kind of stretching and twisting as they would experience in a real human body. It remains to be seen whether using robots to exercise human cells results in a better tissue for transplantation into patients.
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