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Maplesoft has now become a Dassault Systèmes SOLIDWORKS Certified Solution Partner. This evolution of the partnership between these two organizations hints toward greater future interoperability between the software options.
Currently, engineers are able to link their Maple and MapleSim engineering calculations, model-based designs and system level designs to SOLIDWORKS’ CAD and CAE tools.
For instance, engin… …read more
Tropical Cyclone 20P, now named Amos, has continued to organize and strengthen in the Southern Pacific and is now threatening Pago Pago. NOAA’s GOES-West satellite captured an image of the storm on April 21 as a Flash Flood Watch continued for all islands in American Samoa. …read moreContinue reading →
Global studies have shown that women are underrepresented in some science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects and fields. Even in countries with higher gender equality, sex differences in math and technical scores persist. Now, using international data, a team of psychologists from the University of Missouri, the University of California-Irvine and the University of Glasgow in Scotland, have determined that, overall, girls experience negative emotions about mathematics that can result in avoidance of math topics. Often called “mathematics anxiety,” scientists believe that several factors other than math performance are resulting in higher mathematics anxiety in girls compared to boys. …read moreContinue reading →
What are the only four ingredients allowed in German beer?
This week marks the 500th anniversary of the first modern food regulation law. On April 23, 1516, Bavaria (now part of Germany) adopted Reinheitsgebot, also known as the “German Beer Purity Law.”
The law decreed that “the only ingredients used for the brewing of beer must be barley, hops and water.” (Yeast was later added for its role in fermentation.) Any beer that did not meet this standard would be confiscated. Reinheitsgebot also regulated the price of beer and the profit that could be earned by innkeepers.
There were many reasons for this law. Bavaria complained that beer from Northern Germany contained unfair additives such as spices and cherries. Religious conservatives complained that other additives were used in pagan rituals.
In those days, inspectors tested beer purity by pouring it on top of a stool, then sitting on it. The degree to which the beer caused the inspector’s leather pants to stick to the stool determined its quality.
Today, Agilent provides more scientific methods for ensuring the quality and safety of food and beverages. This is critical in today’s global food industry, where experts say that two-thirds …read moreContinue reading →
Ximena Carrión Granda, a Food Engineering graduate from Ecuador, has developed edible coatings containing natural substances with antimicrobial properties in order to extend the shelf-life of fish and seafood products by two to four days due to the reduction of the growth rate of the spoilage microorganisms. This work was developed at the Department of Food Technology of the Public University of Navarre (UPNA) as part of her doctoral thesis. …read moreContinue reading →
From 2008 to 2014, local farms saw a huge increase in sales as the demand for locally sourced foods more than doubled. This continually growing market is not typically subjected to the same regulations as the food sold in grocery stores. However, that might be changing soon as more restaurants and schools are buying local food and certain food safety requirements must be met.
Under the new Food and Drug Administration’s guidelines in the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), smaller farms will have more regulations to comply with. This includes the local farms selling to restaurants and schools as well as those selling food at local farmers markets and food hubs.
In order to assist with the new requirements, the US Department of Agriculture is offering close to $5 million in new food safety grants. This money is designed to assist existing small to mid-sized farms in getting the tools they need to ensure safe products are brought to the market. The grants will also be used to educate new and existing farmers through training programs designed to bring attention to common food safety concerns and how the farms can remain compliant.
The grants are being offered through the USDA’s Food Safety …read moreContinue reading →