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11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted By Steve Mencher On May 28, 2014 @ 5:35 pm In 11 Things We Didn't Know Last Week | No Comments

News, discoveries and … fun

Self-driving car [1]

1. Google’s latest self-driving car doesn’t have a steering wheel or brake pedal. (Learn more at AARP [1])

2. Some astronomers insist that the likelihood of life beyond earth is “close to 100 percent,” scientists testified recently. (Learn more at The Independent [2])

Aliens [3]

3. Traveling the globe, Biddy the hedgehog is an Instagram sensation. (Learn more at Daily Dot [4])


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4. If you think that home is the place to recuperate from work, you may have it backward. (Learn more at Deseret News [6])

5. Home Alone star Macauley Culkin’s band sings about pizza and nothing else. (Learn more at Fox News [7])

Macauley Culkin singing [7]


6. Making a microscope that magnifies objects 2,000 times begins with a piece of paper and costs less than a dollar. (Learn more at FoldScope [8])

Origami microscope [8]

7. Kitty litter can help stabilize nuclear waste, but using the wrong kind is extremely dangerous. (Learn more at NPR [9])

8. A stolen or hacked debit card could cost you 10 times more than a poached credit card. (Learn more at AARP [10])

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9. Lawyers for the estate of Spirit guitarist Randy California plan to file a claim that Led Zeppelin stole their “Stairway to Heaven” intro. (Learn more at AARP [12])

YouTube Preview Image [13]

10. Using new technology, magnetic levitating trains will travel 1,800 mph. (Learn more at Gizmag [14])

11. Rather than compete, sperm may cooperate as they swim toward an egg. (Learn more at BBC [15])

Sperm and egg [15]


Bonus Video: Be patient for a moment, and you’ll enjoy a young performer channeling Michael Jackson.

YouTube Preview Image [16]
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Images – Self-driving car: Google; Aliens: Corbis [3]; Biddy the Hedgehog: Instagram account [19]; Macauley Culkin singing (cropped): Matt Biddulph/Flickr [20]; Samples of microscope views from Foldscope: Foldscope team [8]; Sperm and egg: Sashkinw/iStockphoto [21]

Music – Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra plays Jimmie Lunceford and his Orchestra – Blue Blazes by Sy Oliver, Creative Commons, courtesy of Smithsonian Remix [22] project.


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[1] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/05/28/googles-newest-car-is-adorable-electric-homemade-and-drives-itself/

[2] The Independent: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/seti-astronomers-tell-us-congress-theres-alien-life-out-there-9419702.html

[3] Image: http://www.aarp.org/politics-society/history/info-11-2013/supernatural-beliefs-photo.html#slide2

[4] Daily Dot: http://www.dailydot.com/lifestyle/biddy-instagram-hedgehog/

[5] >> Sign up for the AARP Money newsletter: http://www.aarp.org/online-community/people/subscribeFromEmail.action?id=29636&intcmp=ILC-EMAIL-SUB-MONY

[6] Deseret News: http://national.deseretnews.com/article/1542/Work-may-be-haven-to-recuperate-from-home-life-stress-research-says.html

[7] Fox News: http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2014/05/27/macauley-culkin-pizza-tribute-band-booed-off-stage/

[8] FoldScope: http://www.foldscope.com/

[9] NPR: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/05/23/315279895/organic-kitty-litter-chief-suspect-in-nuclear-waste-accident

[10] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/05/23/6-places-to-never-use-a-debit-card/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[11] >> 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

[12] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/05/21/stairway-to-heaven-and-5-other-alleged-song-ripoffs/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[13] Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2PgBak2Ed4

[14] Gizmag: http://www.gizmag.com/1800mph-maglev/32213/

[15] BBC: http://www.bbc.com/news/health-27589816

[16] Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZTCtpZyulM

[17] 11things@aarp.org: mailto:11things@aarp.org

[18] #11things: https://twitter.com/search?src=typd&q=%2311things

[19] Biddy the Hedgehog: Instagram account: http://instagram.com/biddythehedgehog#

[20] Matt Biddulph/Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mbiddulph/

[21] Sashkinw/iStockphoto: http://www.istockphoto.com/user_view.php?id=4479530

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

[23] World’s Oldest Living Cat and Other Things We Didn’t Know Last Week: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/05/21/11-things-we-didnt-know-last-week-43/?intcmp=AE-ENDART1-BL-REL

[24] Are You a Viagra Wife?: http://blog.aarp.org/2011/04/25/are-you-a-viagra-wife/?intcmp=AE-ENDART2-BL-BOS

[25] Fight fraud and ID theft with the AARP Fraud Watch Network.: http://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/fraud-watch-network/?intcmp=AE-BL-ENDART-ADV-FWN

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