Fridaygram: Moog doodle, new species, eclipse pictures

MAY 25, 2012
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By Scott Knaster, Google Developers Blog Editor

Earlier this week we posted a doodle honoring Bob Moog, inventor of the Moog Synthesizer. This instrument started a revolution in electronic music, as musicians in many different genres used the Moog Synthesizer and its descendants to create and enhance their music. This doodle was the first one to use the Web Audio API to create sounds, along with a bunch of other web and Google technologies. But mostly, this doodle was wonderful because it was a lot of fun to play with.

Some things are not so fun to play with, but are cool to look at, like many of the creatures on this year’s list of the top 10 new species as selected by the International Institute for Species Exploration. The list includes a super-fast wasp, a very big millipede, a sneezing monkey, and a really amazing jelly.

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Bonaire Banded Box Jelly (Tamoya ohboya). Yeah, it stings. Photo credit: Ned DeLoach

Finally, for some big-time science fun this weekend, use your favorite search engine to find photos of last week’s annular eclipse. Or, if you don’t want to do your own search, you can start with these.

The Official Google Blog post about the Moog doodle includes this wonderful bit of writing: "Bob Moog is something of a patron saint of the nerdy arts..." We respect that here on the Fridaygram, because nerds r us, and that's why we publish posts with items that aren’t always related to developer topics.