Writer Dalton Trumbo was born on this day 110 years ago. He won two Academy Awards while blacklisted.
As recently as 2011, Hawking remarked, "Scientists have become the bearers of the torch of discovery in our quest for knowledge."
Best known to U.S. readers as the author of Call of the Wild, London also wrote several powerful works dealing with workers, capitalism and socialism - including his famous dystopian novel The Iron Heel.
On Nov. 5, 2007, some 12,000 movie and television writers were forced to go on strike over when industry executives refused to structure compensation in their contract for content delivered over the Internet and via DVDs.
Whole industries have grown up which hire writers into "content farms," paying them pennies to create verbal statements on virtually every subject.