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lego xmas tree

This doesn’t have too much to do with computers or technology, but hey… it is almost Christmas. To celebrate the holiday season, Lego has built a giant Christmas tree in Sydney, Australia, complete with life-sized, surfboard-wielding Santa and sleigh. The tree, constructed from more than half a million blocks, stands nearly 10 meters (32.8ft) tall Read more

Geek Fact for December 31st

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Popular Electronics

In 1974, Popular Electronics released its January issue, featuring the Altair 8800 computer on its cover. Two years later, Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems (MITS) announced that it had shipped over ten thousand Altair 8800 kits worldwide thus far. Learn more at http://www.old-computers.com/museum/computer.asp?c=62&st=1.

Geek Fact for December 30th

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andromeda

In 1924, 
astronomer Edwin Hubble announced that Andromeda was another galactic system outside the Milky Way. Originally thought to be a nebulae, Edwin Hubble was able to resolve images that showed individual stars. Learn more at http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aso/databank/entries/dp24ga.html.

Geek Fact for December 29th

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mir

In 1987, Cosmonaut Yuri Romanenko ended his record 326 day mission orbiting the Earth in the Mir space station. Yuri Romanenko’s stay in space broke the previous Soviet record of 237 days and the U.S. space endurance record of 87 days. He held the record until 1995 when it was broken by Vladimir Titov and Read more

Geek Fact for December 27th

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glider flight

In 1773, Sir George Cayley was born. Sir George Cayley is considered to be the “father of aerodynamics”. In 1849, he designed and built a gliding machine. With a ten year old boy aboard, it was the first manned glider flight. Cayley died on December 15, 1857. Learn more at http://www.flyingmachines.org/cayl.html.