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11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted By Steve Mencher On April 16, 2014 @ 5:24 pm In 11 Things We Didn't Know Last Week | Comments Disabled

News, discoveries and … fun

Exchange Senior Flute Player [1]

1. At Kennedy Elementary School in Dubuque, Iowa, the oldest member of the band is 79. (Learn more at Twincities.com [1])

2. Your brain is over the hill at age 24. (Learn more at AARP [2])

Playing Starcraft 2 [2]

3. Johnny Cash can still have a No. 1 album 11 years after he died. (Learn more at AARP [3])

Johnny Cash 'Out Among the Stars' [3]

4. A new app adjusts your body rhythm to beat jet lag. (Learn more at Newsweek [4])

4897705884_ab1bc4e4f4_b [5]

5. Scientists say they’ve manufactured blood for people. (Learn more at Gizmodo [6])

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6. There’s a second huge hole in the Earth’s atmosphere. (Learn more at Climate Central [8])

7. A South African restaurant provides a portable studio for diners who want to photograph their meals for display on social media. (Learn more at Designtaxi [9])

mweb-dinnercam [9]

8. Leon Russell once played piano for Doris Day. (Learn  more at AARP [10])

Leon Russell 2009 [10]

9. NASA is sending a mini-farm  - about 1.5 feet long - into space so astronauts can grow and eat fresh vegetables there. (Space.com [11])

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NASA - Veggie - Grows vegetables in outer space [11]

10. A tiny generator turns body heat into electricity to power smart watches, high-tech glasses and other wearable devices. (Learn more at Engadget [13])

wearable-generator [13]

11. Men get happier at age 50, but begin turning “grumpy” at 70, according to one study. (Learn more at Daily Mail [14])

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Bonus video: Two Dutch women, both 70-something, take their first airplane rides, courtesy of the phone giant Vodaphone:

YouTube Preview Image [15]

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Credits – Flute player Tony Boland in Dubuque, Iowa: TH Media [18]/Jessica Reilly; video game guy: Aftershow/Flickr [19]; Johnny Cash album: Sony; yawning woman: Lauren Powell-Smothers/Flickr [20]; #dinnercam: courtesy of MWEB [21] South Africa; Leon Russell: Carl Lender/Flickr [22]; NASA’s “veggie” farm: NASA/Carla Cioffi; body heat power generator: the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology [23] (KAIST); grumpy Italian men: David Boardman/Flickr [24].

Music – Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra plays Jimmie Lunceford and his Orchestra – Blue Blazes by Sy Oliver, Creative Commons, courtesy of Smithsonian Remix [25] project.

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[1] Image: http://www.twincities.com/life/ci_25563892/79-year-old-player-joins-dubuque-elementary-band

[2] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/04/15/when-are-you-over-the-hill-try-24/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[3] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/04/10/new-johnny-cash-cd-latest-in-line-of-posthumous-hit-albums/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[4] Newsweek: http://www.newsweek.com/body-hack-app-claims-fix-jet-lag-245843

[5] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/4897705884_ab1bc4e4f4_b.jpg

[6] Gizmodo: http://gizmodo.com/british-scientists-say-theyve-created-artificial-blood-1563033374

[7] >> Sign up for the AARP Leisure Newsletter: http://www.aarp.org/online-community/people/subscribeFromEmail.action?id=28336&intcmp=ILC-EMAIL-SUB-LISR

[8] Climate Central: http://www.climatecentral.org/news/huge-hole-in-earths-detergent-layer-found-over-pacific-17302

[9] Designtaxi: http://designtaxi.com/news/365051/Portable-Photo-Studio-Lets-You-Take-Perfect-Shots-Of-Your-Meals-For-Social-Media/

[10] AARP: http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/music/info-2014/leon-russell-life-journey.html?intcmp=AE-BLIL-DOTORG

[11] Space.com: http://www.space.com/25478-astronauts-space-lettuce-nasa-veggie-farm.html

[12] >> Get entertainment and dining discounts with your AARP Member Advantages.: http://discounts.aarp.org/savings/discounts/dining-andamp;-entertainment/uSource/HCTN/categoryId/724/subCategoryId/725?intcmp=AE-BL-ENT-DISC

[13] Engadget: http://www.engadget.com/2014/04/14/thermoelectric-generator-wearables-body-heat/

[14] Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2604925/GET-OFF-MY-LAWN-Men-officially-turn-grumpy-age-70.html

[15] Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zD2NtzEPBcA

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[17] #11things: https://twitter.com/search?src=typd&q=%2311things

[18] TH Media: http://www.thonline.com/home/

[19] Aftershow/Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/aftershow/

[20] Lauren Powell-Smothers/Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxxlps/

[21] MWEB: http://www.mweb.co.za/

[22] Carl Lender/Flickr: http://blog.aarp.org https://www.flickr.com/photos/clender/

[23] Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-04/tkai-tgo041014.php

[24] David Boardman/Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/d-/

[25] Smithsonian Remix: http://blog.soundcloud.com/2013/10/02/smithsonian-remix/

[26] Archie Comics’ Shocking Death and Other Things We Didn’t Know Last Week: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/04/09/11-things-we-didnt-know-last-week-37/?intcmp=AE-ENDART1-BL-REL

[27] 7 Things You Should Never Say to Customer Service: http://www.aarp.org/money/budgeting-saving/info-07-2008/seven_things_never_say.html?intcmp=AE-ENDART2-BL-BOS

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