11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and … fun.

Mars Rover from kit

1. You can make your own Mars Rover with NASA’s $189 littleBits Space Kit. (Learn more at littleBits)

2. It looks like George Clooney will lose bets with Nicole Kidman and Michelle Pfeiffer – he’s engaged to marry a second time. (Learn more at AARP)

George Clooney

3. Your dollar bill might carry bacteria linked to stomach ulcers, acne, pneumonia and staph infections. (Learn more at AARP)

Handling dollar bills

4. Atari once buried as many as 750,000 ‘E.T.’ game cartridges in a New Mexico landfill. (Learn more at CNN)

Atari E.T. game excavation

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5. If you want to stay healthy, it’s a good idea to marry an optimist. (Learn more at Futurity)

Smiling, happy couple

6. When she was young, Meryl Streep thought she was too ugly to be an actress. (Learn more at AARP)

Meryl Streep enjoying her 18th Oscar nomination

Meryl Streep enjoying her 18th Oscar nomination

7. Boeing has patented a smart, self-driving cart to carry passengers through airport terminals and deliver them to their departure gate. (Learn more at Skift)

Boeing airport cart from patent

8. Art that Andy Warhol created on a Commodore Amiga home computer resurfaced after 30 years. (Learn more at The Verge)

Andy Warhol Venus

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9. Some people can see or hear the taste of spices. (Learn more at Singularity Hub)

Feel Flavour Poster

10. Exercising twice a week could be the key to younger-looking skin. (Learn more at AARP)

Man working out

11. Brazil is breeding suicidal mosquitoes in advance of the World Cup this summer. (Learn more at engadget)

Bonus video:
In advance of Mother’s Day, filmmaker Joshua Seftel talks with his mother about movies starring notable moms:

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Images – Mars rover: littleBits Space Kit/NASA; George Clooney: Csztova/Flickr; Dirty money: RapidEye/iStockphoto; Atari cartridges: taylorhatmaker/Flickr; Happy couple: Douglove/iStockphoto; Meryl Streep: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP; Boeing cart: courtesy of Boeing; Andy Warhol, Venus, 1985, ©The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.; Sound of Taste poster: courtesy of Novalia/Schwartz spices/Grey London; Man exercising: digitalskillet/iStockphoto 

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


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