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Google Doodle celebrates early human ancestor Lucy

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Google has come up with a doodle today to celebrate the 41st anniversary of a historical find by paleoanthropologists working in Ethiopia—the bones of Lucy, the first female hominid.

Her bones first showed proof how the humans evolved from being apes who lived on trees to the intelligent human species who are tall and walk upright.

She was named ‘Lucy’, inspired by the song Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds by Beatles. The new hominid species made itself known through a few hundred pieces of fossilized bone, which made up a large part of the skeleton. According to carbon dating, they were 3.2 million years old. Skeletons this old were mostly too incomplete or damaged. So, scientists were able to find a lot of information regarding human evolution because the bones were almost intact.

They named the species Australopithecus afarensis.

Lucy’s spine curvature and knee structure were the most important characteristics of her bone structure, which suggested she walked upright– a characteristic attributed to humans.

Lucy stood at 1.1 metres tall and weighed 27 kilograms; this was the adult size for her species. Scientists suggested that her face structure and facial features could be similar to a gorilla. Much like an ape, her skull was small. Compared to her legs, her arms were longer, but not as much as a chimpanzee’s.

She was initially thought to have had a plant-based diet, as suggested to researchers by her cone-shaped rib and the muscular structure of her jaw. But later in 2010, it became known through further findings that the Australopithecus afarensis species cooked, cut and ate meat. They were the first of their kind to take up this process.

The biggest mystery about Lucy’s bones is that her cause of death couldn’t be understood. From studying her teeth degradation, scientists stated that she was a mature, yet young female. So, old age couldn’t have been the cause of her death.

However, on her pubic bone is a tooth mark of a carnivore. Whether it contributed to the cause of death or whether the animal bit her body after her death is not clear.

Lucy’s skeleton is currently quite close to where her bones were discovered. She lies in the National Museum of Ethiopia in Addis Ababa, locked up in a safe, while a plaster replica is on exhibit. She has even toured the United States between 2007 and 2013, even though it was feared that the journey might damage her.

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The March of Progress (source: http://fooyoh.com)

The Google Doodle today is an animation of the famous ‘March of Progress’, an illustration which shows the evolution of man from apes. As a find which showed the key of our evolution today, Lucy has been put in the middle of the evolutionary process in the doodle.

 

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Happy Birthday Google! ; Google Doodles to Celebrate 19 Years

 Google has turned 19 (or has it?) And to celebrate it, it has brought together the ‘best of Google’ from the last 19 years!

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The Google Doodle for the company's 19th birthday! Google

New Delhi, September 27, 2017 : Google has turned 19 (or has it?) And to celebrate it, it has brought together the ‘best of Google’ from the last 19 years!

To mark its nineteenth birthday, Google has assembled the best animations from recent years and combined them together in a meta-Doodle that lets users’ reminiscence the nostalgia of playing one of the best games from their childhood- the spinner.

Google’s 19th Birthday Spinner. Google

Using the Doodle is pretty simple – head to the Google homepage, click on the spinner and see what Google has for you!

Here is a roundup of all the games Google has for you, as part of its 19th birthday celebrations,

  1. Snake Game

Dating back to the 1970s, the snake game is a classic and was the first to be featured on mobile devices. The latest to be featured in Google’s Fun Box, we have all grown up playing with the ‘line’ snake and grew in length every time it consumed an apple. But beware; don’t let the snake run into itself or the wall!

Google Doodle of the classic snake game. Google
  1. Cricket Game

Google had unveiled the e-Cricket game to celebrate the ICC Champions trophy earlier this year. How could Google refrain from turning the one sport the world loves into a Doodle? You will find just how addictive it is once you get your hands on it!

Google Doodle of the Cricket game. Google

3. Hip Hop Game

Have you always been musically inclined? Do you ever wonder what would it be like to be a DJ? Well, looks like Google knew it was on your mind! The Hip Hop Game allows the user to be a DJ with interactive turntables.

The game allows the player to customize classic hip hop songs from Isley Brothers, and Betty Wright among others with the help of ‘slider controls’.

Google Doodle on 44th anniversary of birth of hip hop. Google

The Google Doodle had been released earlier this year to mark the 45th anniversary of hip hop.

4. Oskar Fischinger Visual Music Composition Creator

To honor filmmaker and artist Oskar Fischinger, Google’s this Doodle allows for an interactive visual music composition creator for the user.

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5. Earth Day Quiz

Features as a Google Doodle in 2015 to mark the Earth Day, the Earth Day quiz is an interactive service. The Doodle employs scientific tactics and presents you with a near-accurate personality quiz. Be prepared to answer some questions and find your Earth Day animal!

Google Doodle to celebrate Earth Day 2015. Google
  1. Breathing Exercise

Are you feeling nervous or is that anxiety creeping its way in? This Google Doodle helps calm you down and provides the user with a variety of ways to relax. You’re a true friend, eh Google?

7. Scoville

Released in January 2016, this Google doodle marked and celebrated the award winning researcher and chemist Wilbur Scoville’s birth, who is best known for his work to measure the pungency in peppers. And the game is just about that! The user will need to throw ice cream at a hot chilli pepper to cool down its heat. That does not make sense at all, but the game sure is fun!

Google Doodle to mark the award winning researcher and chemist Wilbur Scoville’s birth. Google

8. Arpeggios Music Lab

This Google doodle was created for the ‘Music in our schools month’, this game allows the user to play, learn and witness the way musical chord and arpeggios work. All of those wanting to learn songwriting and musical theory, this one is for you!

9. Google’s 15th Birthday piñata

How bang-on is your timing? Let Google decide that with this highly addictive game that was lunched to mark Google’s 15th birthday in 2013. All you have to do is hit a piñata in this simple to execute game.

Google’s 15th Birthday piñata. Google

10. Tic Tac Toe

Haven’t we all grown up playing this vague game at the end of our notebooks? Google realizes that too! The users can spin the Google’s special birthday spinner and if you’re lucky, you might just get to play Tic Tact Toe with Google and go back to their school days!

11. The Halloween Game

Google celebrated Halloween 2016 by fending off ghostly catastrophe. This special interactive game is now part of the birthday spinner. We dare you to show us your magical prowess and find your way using spells in this distinctly cute game.

Google doodle on Halloween 2016. Google

12. Animal Sounds

We know a cow moo’s and the horses neigh. But what does an owl do? This game in Google’s birthday spinner will tell you! An interactive pop up box guides the user throughout to figure out distinctive voices of dozens of animals.

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13. Solitaire

One of the most classic computer games, the game needs to introduction. You can also simply type Solitaire in Google’s search bar and the game will pop up right before your eyes!

  1. The Valentine’s Day Game

For this year’s Valentine’s Day celebrations, Google released a cute Doodle featuring the pangolin, to raise awareness about the animal. If you missed the Google Doodle back in February, fret not! It is back as part of Google’s birthday spinner.

Google doodle to celebrate Valentine’s Day in 2017. Google

15. The Beethoven Game

2015 marked the 245th birthday of Beethoven. And Google celebrated the day with this interactive Doodle! All you have to do is help recompose some of the musician’s legendary compositions like Ode to Joy and Fifth Symphony

Google Doodle celebrating Beethoven’s 245th birthday. Google
  1. Galapagos Islands; Darwin’s Living Laboratory

This interactive Google Maps tool takes you through the Galapagos Islands using Street View imagery and experience how Charles Darwin devised the theory of evolution in 183

17. Pac Man

And who can forget the classic Pac Man? One of the greatest games, the Pac Man is also the oldest doodle on this year’s Google’s birthday spinner.  First created in 2010 for Pac Man’s 30th birthday, Google has come up with a faithfully recreated interactive version of our all time favorite game for its birthday.

Google doodle of the classic game Pac Man. Google
  1. Theremin Lessons

The renowned musician Clara Rockmore’s 105th birthday was celebrated by Google in 2016 with this interactive Google Doodle. Learn how to play the theremin as part of Google’s 19th birthday! The game is incredibly fun and increasingly educational.

Google Doodle celebrating musician Clara Rockmore’s 105th birthday. Google
  1. The Pony Express Game

This Google Doodle marked the 155th anniversary of the Western Mail service. First released in 2015,. The Doodle is back as part of Google’s birthday spinner – collect letters, dodge obstacles and deliver the mails on a pony!  The Pony Express is sure to take you back in time.

Google’s game of the Pony Express. Google

The Google Doodles have been one of a kind service of the company. And a confluence of Google Doodles sounds like the best way to wish a very happy birthday to Google!

Host to a search engine, an Instant Message (IM) facility, an online email service, photo and video sharing platforms, a website creator, an encyclopedia – these programs and applications make up for only 10 per cent of the services Google provides; the list is never ending. It won’t be wrong to say that ‘Google’ is now synonymous with the internet!

Can you think of the Internet without Google? I can’t.

Keeping the technicalities in mind, the Internet would be operations without Google. But, it would be a service without some of its best features like YouTube, Gmail, Google Maps, Google Reader, Google news. Google! Google! Google!

While there are similar services alternatively provided by independent hosts but the world’s familiarity and dependence cannot be questioned, which makes it the undisputed ‘king’ of the Internet.

Here’s wishing you, a very happy birthday Google ! What would we do without you.

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On India’s 71st Independence Day Google celebrated it with an Artistic Doodle

Google’s tricolor doodle on I-Day

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  • The colorful doodle includes a motif of – The Indian Parliament, a symbolic wheel for the Ashok Chakra and India’s national bird peacock
  • The special doodle has been designed and created by Mumbai-based artist Sabeena Karnik
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation from the Red Fort today

New Delhi, Aug 15, 2017:  To honor the  71st Independence Day of India today, the search engine giant Google displayed an artistic doodle.

The colorful doodle includes a motif of – The Indian Parliament, a symbolic wheel for the Ashok Chakra and India’s national bird peacock, all submerged in shades of saffron, green, white and blue. A brilliant interpretation of India’s Independence Day. The word ‘Google’ is displayed across the Parliament House, made out of ribbons of the Indian tricolor- saffron, white and green.

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According to PTI report, Google said in a statement “A unique paper-cut art style has been used to create a Doodle fit for the bold and colorful celebration of today’s events. The Parliament House depicted commemorates this day, this movement, and this triumph of independence.” The special doodle has been designed and created by Mumbai-based artist Sabeena Karnik.

On previous Independence Day, Google dedicated a doodle to the historic “Tryst with Destiny” speech of the country’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.  Google’s way of showing respect for Independence Day with doodles for India in the past was done with the help of the Red Fort, various versions of the Indian flag, Mahatma Gandhi’s Dandi March and Indian postage stamps among others.

On 15 August 1947, Jawaharlal Nehru raised the Indian National Flag above the Lahori Gate of the Red Fort in Delhi. On each Independence Day since then, the prime minister customarily raises the flag and gives a speech to the nation. Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation from the Red Fort today.

The Independence Day holiday is observed throughout India with flag-hoisting ceremonies, parades, and cultural events. There is a national holiday on this occasion, and schools and government offices distribute sweets, but no official work is done today.


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Google Celebrates 44th Birth Anniversary of Hip Hop with Interactive Turntable

On August 11, 1973, the most important genre in modern music - 'Hip Hop' was born

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44th Anniversary of the birth of Hip Hop

New Delhi, August 11, 2017: Google is celebrating the 44th anniversary with a shout-out to hip hop on Friday through an interactive Google doodle remodeling its logo into a turntable. The doodle bears a narrative element by Fab 5 Freddy, who co-hosted the popular hip-hop show Yo! MTV Raps.

On August 11, 1973, the most important genre in modern music – ‘Hip Hop’ was born. Hip hop produced some of the biggest names in music: Run DMC, LL Cool J, NWA, Tupac, Notorious B.I.G., Jay Z, and countless others.

The logo was designed by graffiti artist Cey Adams. It allows users to check out an interactive turntable to sample and mix classic tracks. Users can explore samples, incorporate them into a mix using a cross-fader and share their sample.

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44th Anniversary of the birth of Hip Hop
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“The project is rooted in honoring the past,” said Adams in an interview published by Google Friday, mentioned USA Today.

“For those who have have grown up with this, they’re gonna be amazed to see such a huge part of their lives acknowledged,” Adams said during a Google interview.

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Google explains in the narrative that Hip hop was birthed at a party on Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx borough of New York City. During the party, DJ Kool Herc decided to take songs and only play the instrumental parts called breaks instead of the entire tune and the rest is history.

Perla Campos, one of the creators of the doodle who works at Google said, “Hip Hop originated as a way for young people to focus on something positive in the midst of the negative forces around them.” He adds,”So I want people to feel that same hope and positivity from this Doodle.”