The Google doodle celebrates Percy Julian on Friday, April 11, 2014.
Percy Lavon Julian (April 11, 1899, Montgomery, Al. – April 19, 1975, Waukegan, Illinois) was a U.S. research chemist and a pioneer in the chemical synthesis of medicinal drugs from plants.He was the first to synthesize the natural product physostigmine, and a pioneer in the industrial large-scale chemical synthesis of the human hormones, steroids, progesterone, and testosterone, from plant
Simplify, simplify, simplify I often say that one my greatest qualifications for troubleshooting MATLAB code is that I know I am not that clever, so I have to simplify things until I can understand them easily. It works really well when debugging MATLAB code.
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Ruggedized scientific calculator perfect for extreme math
By Tim Hornyak, IDG News Service
It laughs at splashes, dust and shocks. It eats military-spec drop tests for breakfast. It’s ideal for math in the great outdoors.
Meet Casio’s new ruggedized scientific calculator, the fx-FD10 Pro.
Mainly aimed at land surveyors, the device has 21 programs for civil engineering purposes such as curve calculations for plotting road construction.
The 250-gram FD-10 Pro is housed in an elastomer-coated
The publisher Taylor & Francis has decided to pulp all existing copies of a 2012 book on science communication, and suspend electronic copies indefinitely, after it became clear that the text was plagiarized from the work of another author. The book, Clear and Concise Communications for Scientists and Engineers, was written by energy and environmental […]
My cousin Patricia (she'll always be "Patty" to me) read the following poem at her mother's funeral yesterday. (That would be my Aunt Pat.) There wasn't a dry eye in the place. And if that didn't get you, then her sister Debbie, in her eulogy, remembering those who have left us since last August did: my Mom, their sister Barbara, my niece Lisa and most recently, our cousin Mary Ann. To that, I'll add a few more: my Uncle Eddie (on the other side of the family) last week, my colleague Ms.