Jul 22, 2011

Interactive Google Doodle for Alexander Calder - VIDEO

Google doodle today celebrates the birthday of Alexander Calder, an American artist best known for inventing the mobile.

This is Google’s first doodle made entirely using HTML5 canvas, so you need to use a modern browser to interact with it. It runs a physics simulation on the mobile’s geometry, and then does realtime 3D rendering with vector graphics. Only recently have browsers advanced to the point where this is possible.

Mashable:"We noticed the interactive animation works on Google‘s Chrome 12 browser, but not on Firefox 5.0 or Internet Explorer 9. We’re also seeing reports that the animation causes a crash in Firefox on Linux, so if that’s your browser, you might want to avoid this doodle. Note that others are reporting these browsers are able to display the animation. Best way to find out if yours works is to go to Google.com and try it."

Jul 21, 2011

Alexander Calder Google Doodle - VIDEO

Google Doodle for Alexander Calder's 113th birthday

Top 5 for Alexander Calder:

1. Alexander Calder was born on July 22, 1898 in Lawnton, Pennsylvania

2. He was an american sculptor and artist most famous for inventing the mobile. 

3. In 1902 he completed his earliest sculpture, a clay elephant. In 1909, when Calder was in the fourth grade, he sculpted a dog and a duck out of sheet brass as Christmas gifts for his parents.

4. Alexander Calder also created paintings, lithographs, toys, tapestry, jewelry and household objects.

5. Calder died on November 11, 1976.

YouTube and Alexander Calder 

(Wikipedia, YouTube)

Jul 19, 2011

Gregor Mendel Google Doodle - VIDEO

A great Google Doodle for Gregor Mendel. Today is his 189th birthday.

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Top 5 for Gregor Mendel:

1. Johann Mendel was born on July, 20 1822 in Heinzendorf bei Odrau (Austrian Empire, current Czech Republic) as the second child of Anton and Rosine Mendel, farmers; 

2. He was a Augustinian friar;

3. He was a scientist, known as the Father of Modern Genetics.
Mendel cultivated and tested some 29,000 pea plants.

4. Mendel died on January 6, 1884, at age 61, in Brno, Austria-Hungary (now Czech Republic).

5. 1990 - rediscovery of Mendel's work by three independent investigators.

Top 5 YouTube Videos for Gregor Mendel

1. Gregor Mendel's Punnett Squares - over 80,000 views

2. Gregor Mendel Rap - 78,000 views

3. Mendelian Genetics - over 36,000

sources: Wikipedia, Google, YouTube


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