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Google Doodle celebrates chemist Percy Julian's birthday

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Today, Google celebrates what would have been the 115th birthday of Percy Julian, a chemist whose research led to chemical birth control and immune-suppressing medications.

Julian was born in Alabama on April 11, 1899, at a time when his city of Montgomery didn’t provide public education for black students post-middle school. Despite this, Julian persevered and ended up both attending and excelling at Indiana’s DePauw University. He later returned to the university to work on synthesizing plant products into medicine, where he found much success; some of his accomplishments include creating a synthetic cortisone to inexpensively treat arthritis and discovering a treatment for glaucoma.

Julian received many honors in (and after) his lifetime, including being the first black chemist to be elected to the National Academy of Sciences. He passed away in 1975.

Google honors Dorothy Irene Height

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Today’s simple, striking Google homepage Doodle honors what would have been the 102nd birthday of Dorothy Irene Height.

Height was a civil and women’s rights activist who’s credited with bridging the gap between the Civil Rights and Feminist movements. She was awarded both the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994 and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2004.

Height sat on the stage behind Martin Luther King Jr. as he gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, according to Time. She also co-founded the National Women’s Political Caucus with Gloria Steinem and Betty Friedan. After her death in 2010, President Obama called her the “godmother of the civil rights movement.”

You can watch President Obama’s eulogy of Height below: READ FULL STORY

Google Doodle celebrates the spring equinox

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Despite the cold weather still plaguing much of the nation, today is technically the first day of spring. And Google, for one, is ready to celebrate!

Google is marking the moment that the sun crosses the equator with a new animated Doodle that features beautiful flowers blooming. An equinox only happens twice a year, in March and again in September. During the spring equinox, the sun shines directly on the equator, and the length of day and night is nearly equal. In the northern hemisphere, the March equinox is designated the “spring equinox,” but for the southern hemisphere it is the “fall equinox.”

Here’s hoping the warm weather this doodle illustrates actually comes soon!

Google celebrates St. Patrick's Day

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Google goes green!

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, Google’s homepage Doodle features a green stained-glass drawing. The day celebrates Ireland’s most commonly-recognized patron saint, Patrick, who died on March 17, according to tradition.

Stateside, this year’s biggest St. Patrick’s Day news story might be Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announcing that he will not participate in the annual South Boston St. Patrick’s Day parade because the event excludes LGBT organizations. (New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio will not march in his local St. Patrick’s Day parade for the same reason.)

Never fear: The Chicago River is still green.

Google Doodle celebrates John Steinbeck's birthday

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Google is celebrating what would have been John Steinbeck’s 112th birthday by highlighting some of his most popular works in its homepage Doodle today.

Click anywhere on the drawing, and you’ll be taken to images depicting some of the Steinbeck’s most iconic books. Five in all, the set includes The Grapes of Wrath, Cannery Row, Of Mice and Men, The Pearl, and Travels with Charley. (Oddly, East of Eden was left off the list.) After arriving at the image, users can then click anywhere on the picture to summon a famous quote from the story, which appears over the drawing.

Steinbeck authored 27 books over his lifetime, and received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author passed away in 1968.

Google celebrates Valentine's Day with help from 'This American Life'

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Google’s Charm Offensive is strong on Anna Howard Shaw Day Valentine’s Day.

Today’s homepage Doodle (in the United States, at least) is decked out in candy hearts — you know, the kind you gave to your crush (and everyone else in the class) when you were 8.

Click on any of the hearts, and you get to hear one of six short ‘n sweet stories from real-life lovebirds describing how they fell in love. The snippets come from public radio’s This American Life. They hit a bunch of different tones, but the funny ones may be the best. Take “Crush,” for example, in which a teenage girl declares:  “This one time I sneezed … and he goes, ‘You know, you have a really cute sneeze.’ … I was all day on that sneeze comment. I must have told every one of my friends.”

Love is a battlefield. Break out some chocolates and give all the stories a listen on Google’s homepage.

Google celebrates Olympics and human rights in new homepage Doodle

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On the day of the opening ceremonies in the 2014 Sochi Winter Games, Google is celebrating the Olympics — and also equality. Instead of keeping the colors in the picture in the order of the Google logo, it arranges them in rainbow order, likely a nod to the flag representing LGBTQ issues.

Below the image, the search engine highlights a quote from the Olympic charter: “The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play.”

When clicking anywhere on the Doodle, Google takes users to the search results for “Olympic Charter.”

The first night of the Games took place last night, and, in addition to NBC showing highlights from new sports such as slopestyle and team skate, Bob Costas also discussed with viewers the many issues at play in the Sochi Olympics, including human rights problems.

Google celebrates Zora Neale Hurston

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Google Doodle’s latest celebrates what would have been the 123rd birthday of anthropologist and author Zora Neale Hurston. A prominent figure in the Harlem Renaissance and a Guggenheim Fellow, Hurston is probably best known as the author of Their Eyes Were Watching God, which was turned into a 2005 movie starring Halle Berry.

The Google homepage drawing depicts a portrait of Hurston on top of what looks to be the setting of one of the many folklore tales she wrote. PBS has aired a few documentary retrospectives of her and her work; you can watch a clip from the most recent, 2008′s  Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun, below.  READ FULL STORY

Google celebrates computer programmer Grace Hopper

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If you’ve ever described your computer as having “a bug,” you have computer programmer Grace Hopper to thank.

Today’s Google Doodle celebrates what would have been the 107th birthday of the computer programmer, who is credited with creating COBOL (Common Business-Oriented Language), the program that allows computer to communicate through language as well as numbers.

But for the game show enthusiast, the more interesting fact may be her coining of the “bug” term. According to Time magazine from 1984, “In August 1945, while she and some associates were working at Harvard on an experimental machine called the Mark I, a circuit malfunctioned. A researcher using tweezers located and removed the problem: a 2-in. long moth. Hopper taped the offending insect into her logbook. Says she: ‘From then on, when anything went wrong with a computer, we said it had bugs in it.’”

Hopper, also a Navy Rear Admiral and for quite some time the oldest woman serving in the military, is depicted on today’s Google homepage as computing her own age on a giant mainframe. She’d likely be pleased by the posthumous recognition — she was a celebrity of sorts at the end of her life, even appearing on The Late Show with David Letterman. Watch the appearance below: READ FULL STORY

'Doctor Who' anniversary celebrated with Google Doodle game

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Google wants you to be on board the TARDIS.

Today’s search engine’s homepage Doodle is on a whole other level for fandom love. Doctor Who fanatics can now play a five-level game all about the Doctor. First you pick which of the eleven Doctors suits you best as your avatar. Then it’s time to solve a mystery: The Daleks have stolen the letters of ‘Google’ and it’s up to users to work their way through various settings to retrieve them all. Then go ahead brag about your finishing time on social — users can post results on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ with a push of a button. The game is currently live on the U.K. Google homepage, and will be live in the United States at midnight ET.

“We tried to aim for the base-level as well as the hardcore fans for this,” Google head creative artist Matt Cruikshank explained to EW. “Initially, we were contacted about four months ago internally by a Doctor Who fan who mentioned that [the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who] would make a great subject for a Doodle. [It's] a big cultural institution back in England and it really deserves something quite special. So we set about trying to create a game and we [now] have a fully-interactive, multi-level game. One of the exciting things about Doctor Who is he’s a Time Lord, so he can travel in different dimensions to the past and to the future and also to the present. So we’ve tried to have as much fun with that as possible.”

Goolge has made some impressive homepage Doodles and games before, but this Doctor Who game may just be their most amazing yet. EW had a chance to talk to Cruikshank earlier this week. An edited Q&A is below. READ FULL STORY

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