Highlights include the old Google philosophy “to get you on and off our site as fast as possible”, and Paula Poundstone, who not only didn’t know about Google, but didn’t even know what a search engine was. It’s an interesting video, to see Google’s humble beginnings.
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As you have already learned, the technical term tingling sensation you get from sitting or laying is paresthesia. What we hadn’t told you then is that there’s a neat trick to get rid of paresthesia in under a minute! The phenomenon is frequently the result of compressed nerves in your neck, so you can literally ‘shake’ the sensation by rocking your head side to side! Moving your head helps to relieve the nerve tension and gets rid of the tingly feeling faster. This trick doesn’t work for paresthesia below the belt, so if a foot or leg falls asleep your best bet is to walk it out. But for upper body tingling, take Willow’s advice and whip your hair back and forth!
In theory, if the park's central attraction were geometrically perfect, it would contain 11,520 of these triangles. However, the need for doors and supports caused the designers to flatten out several of its sections. The monolith’s design is based on the geometry of a pentakis dodecahedron. Each face of this 60-sided figure is then subdivided into 16 smaller faces, leaving a 960-sided structure. These facets are further divided into four triangles, which are then separated into three isosceles triangles which come together at a raised point.
As many people surely do not know the 18-story structure’s name, we should probably clarify that also! The sphere is named “Spaceship Earth”, a term originally used by Buckminster Fuller, the man who first developed the structural mathematics of the geodesic dome. In addition to its post-contemporary design, Spaceship Earth derives much of its futuristic look from its silvery facade. Each of its triangular facets is covered in a material called Alucobond, which is two sheets of aluminum laminated to a core of polyethylene plastic.
The Juno spacecraft that launched on Aug. 5, 2011, carries 3 LEGO figurines and is en route to the planet Jupiter. Naturally, the three LEGO figurines are Galileo Galilei, the man who discovered many of Jupiter’s moons; the Roman god Jupiter, the planet’s namesake; and Jupiter's wife, Juno, the spacecraft’s namesake. NASA and the LEGO Group are collaborating on this project to try to raise interest in science among children.
For some reason, one of the smells that draws in mosquitos is smelly feet and socks. Scientists in Tanzania have been using this information to work on a method for combating malaria. It involves creating a mosquito trap that lures in mosquitoes with an artificial scent that chemically resembles smelly feet. Mosquitoes have a similar attraction to the smell of Limburger cheese. They also tend to pick on people in darker clothes and people with fairer skin.