Jack Stephens, Librarian, Science, Technology & Patents Department
Rosalind Elsie Franklin (1920-1958) was an English chemist and X-ray crystallographer whose research was foundational to the discovery of the molecular structure of DNA, for which three male colleagues at King's College London won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1962.
The MarketWatch news portal reported on May 20, National Rescue Dog Day, that pet adoptions had “seen a spike” during the recent nation-wide lockdowns as people sought companionship, a distraction from the news, and a sense of purpose, among other stated reasons.
The name hydroponics for the practice of growing plants using only water, nutrients and a growing medium—i.e., without soil—was coined in 1937 by UC Berkeley scientists Dr. William Setchell and Dr. William Gericke. The name derives from hydro, the Greek word for water, and ponos, the Greek word for labor.
Stargazing: Looking Up
Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Stephen Hawking
Technology Graveyard: What a Difference 25 Years Make
The Science, Technology & Patents Department is participating in the Central Library Reopening 25th Anniversary celebration with a display of Science Department materials published in 1993.
President Donald J. Trump’s January 25, 2017 executive action threatening the withholding of federal funds to sanctuary cities, counties and states has raised again, perhaps as never before, the issue of local law enforcement involvement in immigration enforcement in the United States.