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Google announces “Project Glass”

Google Glass is a brand of smart glasses, an optical head-mounted display designed in the shape of a pair of eyeglasses. It was developed by X with the mission of producing a ubiquitous computer, which would display information in a smartphone-like, hands-free format.

Space shuttle Columbia is launched

This mission was originally intended to be on orbit for 15 days and 16 hours. It was, however, cut short. The reason was a problem with fuel cell number two. It seemed like oxygen and hydrogen could uncontrollably mix in it, which could end by an explosion. Mission Flight Rules required that the fuel cell is shut down and flight terminated.

American game designer Alfred Butts dies

Butts is famous as the inventor of the Scrabble game. Although an architect by training, he switched to board game development in the 1930s. He wanted to create a game that utilized both chance and skill by combining elements of anagrams and crossword puzzles. Butts studied the New York Times front page to now many of each letter he would include in the game.

Space Shuttle Challenger makes its maiden voyage into space

STS-6 was the sixth NASA Space Shuttle mission and the maiden flight of the Space Shuttle Challenger. It was the first Space Shuttle mission during which a spacewalk was conducted. Challenger returned to Earth on 9 April 1983 at 10:53 am PST.

NASA launches Apollo 6

Apollo 6 was an unmanned test of the Saturn V launch vehicle and the final unmanned Apollo test mission. Two minutes into the flight, the rocket experienced severe pogo oscillations for about 30 seconds. Ten hours after launch, it landed 43 nautical miles from the planned touchdown point in the North Pacific Ocean north of Hawaii.

American engineer Steven Sasson is born

He is known as the inventor of first self-contained digital camera. He developed it shortly after leaving an engineering school as a new employee of the Kodak Company. His prototype was about the size of a toaster and weighed three and half kilos. It had resolution 100 × 100 pixels. The image was recorded onto a cassette tape and this process took 23 seconds.

Vitamin C is isolated

American biochemist Charles Glen King isolated the Vitamin C. The substance was independently isolated by a Hungarian chemists Albert Szent-Györgyi and Joseph L. Svirbely. There was a dispute over priority. Szent-Györgyi was later awarded by Nobel Prize for the discovery, while King wasn't. Vitamin C is essential for prevention of scurvy.

Automobile manufacturer Karl Benz dies

Karl Benz died at his home in Ladenburg, Germany, at the age of 84 from a bronchial inflammation. The Benz home has been later designated as historic and is used as a scientific meeting facility for a nonprofit foundation, that honors Karl Benz and his wife Bertha for their roles in the history of automobiles.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

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John Napier

born 1954

Daniel Kottke