Google Doodle raises a coffee cup of Joe for the 225th birthday of chemist Friedlieb Ferdinand Runge, who discovered caffeine.
Runge earned a medical degree from the University of Jena in 1819 and a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Berlin in 1822. He toured Europe for three years where he taught chemistry at the University of Breslau (now Wrocław, Poland) before taking a post as a chemist in a chemical factory at Oranienburg in 1831. From then until 1852 he worked for a chemical company but was dismissed by a resentful manager and died fifteen years later in poverty.
Runge’s chemical work included purine chemistry, the identification of caffeine, the first coal tar dye (aniline blue), coal tar products (and a large number of substances that derive from coal tar), paper chromatography, pyrrole, chinoline, phenol, thymol, and atropine. He, however, did not analyze any of these compounds. Runge described his pioneering use of paper chromatography in two books published in 1850.
It's discoveries like this that encourage us to celebrate the SCIENCE in STEAM Fest!
Tell us in the comments below or on our Facebook what your favorite caffeinated drink is and you could win a $10 gift card to Starbucks, courtesy of WeDiscoverGeeks, your caffeinated Founders of the PA STEAM Fest 2019!
We are excited to announce the appearance of "The Eternal Frontier" featuring veteran Steampunk musical duo and award winning Steampunk personalities, Professor Adam Smasher and his distinguished musical partner in time, The Baron Von Zipple.
The Eternal Frontier are Family-Friendly, Audience-Interactive, Fun-Loving Musical Ambassadors of Steampunk.They perform Steampunk themed music to the delight of audiences in every dimensions! Be sure to catch them at The PA STEAM Fest 2019!
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The Roguish Rabbit
Colleen O'Neill, Lead Rabbit
Social Media Http://instagram.com/roguishrabbit
Describe your company/organization.
The Roguish Rabbit is a repository of handmade steampunk inspired items. We are the home of the original articulated wings! We specialize in affordable items ranging from hats, fascinators, wings, goggles, trinket boxes, jewelry and so much more. Whether you are just starting out or need that one specific thing to add your collection, come check out the Roguish Rabbit! We specialize in affordability and one of a kind pieces. Custom orders are always open!
What makes what you do unique?
We pride ourselves on making steampunk accessible and affordable to everyone. We often incorporate found objects, upcycle what we can and do as much as we can to keep our costs low so we can continue to keep our prices low. We are always open to new ideas, custom work and collaborations.
What inspired you to do what you do?
We love to make, build and create. Steampunk has been a part of my life and my identity before I even knew there was a term for it. I had also struggled with falling in love with an item and then realizing I could not afford it. I wanted to create a shop where steampunk could be accessible to any purse size.
Your most cherished product/performance and why?
Our articulated mechanical wings! Ever try and wear wings in a crowded space? Bump into displays in the vendor room? Get stuck in a doorway or be twarted by a revolving door? We have! So we created our own wearable design that is lightweight and foldable so wings can now be crowd and door friendly. They come as small as as a 1.5 foot wingspan to almost 9 feet and in a vast array of colors, patterns and themes. Fully customizable ones can be ordered to match any outfit. It is our signature and most popular item.