Fridaygram: history online, diamond planet, tooth decay

October 12, 2012

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By Scott Knaster, Google Developers Blog Editor

We’ve posted before on Fridaygram about the Google Cultural Institute, which helps get historical material out of boxes and museums and onto the web for everyone to see. This week, the Institute added some really cool new exhibitions online that take you inside major historical events, such as color photos and personal memories of D-Day, the story of anti-Apartheid activist Steve Biko, and the 1953 Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. These exhibitions features amazing photos, videos, and documents, and make great use of the web.

The planet 55 Cancri e is not receiving explorers or tourists at this time (as far as we know), but that might change once word gets out that some of the planet is made of diamond. 55 Cancri e orbits very closely around its star, completing a full circuit in just 18 hours. This close orbit raises the surface temperature to a balmy 2,100 degrees Celsius, so maybe hold off on those diamond-mining travel plans after all.

Finally, here’s a story to convince you that your dad and your mummy were right: brush and floss your teeth!

After a long week of writing code, and before a long weekend of writing code, take a pause to enjoy Fridaygram, which generally has nothing to do with writing code. And as a bonus for those who have read this far, here’s a tip on how to win a Nobel Prize: eat chocolate (and then brush).