In my Jan. 7 column for the print DN, I mentioned Hoover (mining) and Grant as the only presidents who were engineers. And Grant was a maybe. Well, as several readers pointed out, I omitted one right under my nose - Jimmy Carter, a nuclear engineer. Someone also mentioned Eisenhower given that West point grads often earn engineering degrees. After all, the Military Academy has a very strong civil, mechanical, electrical, systems and civil engineering programs supplemented by equally strong science and mathematics programs. Ditto for the Naval Academy. Carter attended the Naval Academy and Eisenhower and Grant the Military Academy.
Determining the specific degrees that Grant and Eisenhower earned is not easy. But I have queries into the Eisenhower Museum. Grant is bit more difficult, but I have the same question into his home page.
The Dutch are known for their love of bicycling, and they’ve also long been early adopters of green-energy and smart-city technologies. So it seems fitting that a town in which painter Vincent van Gogh once lived has given him a very Dutch-like tribute -- a bike path lit by a special smart paint in the style of the artist's “Starry Night” painting.
For decades, engineers have worked to combat erosion by developing high-strength alloys, composites, and surface coatings. However, in a new paper, a team at Jilin University in China turned to one of the most deadly animals in the world for inspiration -- the yellow fat-backed scorpion.
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