Thirty-eight years ago this week, Viking 2 landed on Mars after a 333-day trip. During your downtime this holiday weekend, take a trip back in time to mid-90's dating — dial-up Internet-style, the NASA logo that re-branded the space shuttle era and octopus' territorial warfare.
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A tale of adolescence, technology and and pioneering Internet dating in the mid-1990s.
The '90s brought personal computers into the home, shrinking the world in new ways, launching an era of AOL chat rooms and introducing parents to large modem-driven long-distance phone bills. via Ars Technica
A plot of cypress trees planted in the 1980's to test disease resistance inadvertently displayed their fire resistance when a wildfire decimated the forest they were in, leaving them standing tall and 98 percent undamaged. via the BBC
Mystics have long been part of the Afghan cultural lifeblood, but religious hard-liners have been cracking down on the centuries-old practice. via The Guardian
Federal Aviation Administration rules state that if you want to charge for drone flight services you need a 333 exemption, and for that you need to hold a crewed pilot's license. Ballooning certification is providing an unlikely avenue to FAA compliance. via The Verge
Gallium-arsenide solar cells replaces the usual silicon solar cells in these artificial sun-tracking metal flowers. via Ars Technica
This week, Google announced a new iteration of its logo [Author note: It looks to me like the Lego Duplo version of Google's old logo; so round!], and it seems like the design community is at least tentatively embracing the new look.
Two designers hope to preserve the legacy of the iconic NASA "worm" logo used between 1975 and 1992, which was replaced by the agency's current "meatball" logo.
The "worm" logo was a result of the Federal Design Improvement Program, a program started by President Nixon with a memo to the heads of all federal departments asking how the arts and artists could make their jobs better.
• Australian octopuses of Jervis Bay appear to be taking out territorial frustrations out on their neighbors
Close proximity has created territorial squabbles and according to marine biologist Peter Godfrey-Smith they appear to be hurling objects, perhaps at each other. via NPR
Shortly after touchdown on the surface of Mars, the nuclear-powered Viking 2 took this panoramic view of the martian landscape on Sept. 3, 1976.
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Having a hard time deciding if that wildlife you are hearing is a bird or a squirrel? There is a good chance that a squirrel joined in on the avian cacophony to fend off predators. via NPR