Thirty-five years ago this week, Voyager 1 was launched. Its mission—along with its sister craft, Voyager 2 (which, interestingly enough, was launched two weeks earlier)—was to explore the outer reaches of our solar system and the beginnings of interstellar space. Aboard each craft was a gold-plated audio disc containing sounds, images and messages from Earth, on the off-chance either was ever found by intelligent life from outside the Solar System.
In 1979 and 1980, Voyager 1 visited Jupiter and Saturn, respectively. While there, the craft provided the first high-resolution pictures and conducted other studies of the two planets and their respective satellites. This resulted in the first views of Jupiter’s ring system, discovery of volcanic activity on the moon Io, the first close analysis of the atmosphere of Titan, and detection of complex structures in Saturn’s rings. Article Continues…
On the off-chance that you haven’t seen it yet, head over to Google’s main page. To celebrate Star Trek’s 46th Anniversary, today’s Google Doodle is not only a cartoon of the original series cast in Google letter form, clicking highlighted areas will take you on a little mission (a tribute to Season 1, Episode 18: “Arena”).
While most Google Doodles are creative and entertaining, some go above and beyond the norm. This one, though—with our well-known affinity for Star Trek and pretty much all things space-related—truly captivated many around the office.
Newer Technology, Inc. today announced that its Power2U AC/USB Wall Outlet was listed as a winner in the “Excellence in Custom Installation Technologies and Products” category of the 2012 CustomRetailer EXC!TE Awards. After debuting at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show as the industry’s first UL Listed in-wall charging solution, the Power2U has earned top reviews and wide, cross-industry acclaim for providing a modern, centralized location for simultaneously charging/powering up to four Apple, Android, and other USB chargeable devices.
Chosen from Field of Innovative Solutions
Each year, CustomRetailer chooses products that stand out for being innovative, high-performing, and solutions-oriented to honor with an EXC!TE Award. Other winners this year included Honeywell, Marantz, and Denon Electronics. The EXC!TE winner’s listing for the Power2U included info on the Power2U’s convenience for powering and charging USB devices at home as a dual-socket wall outlet solution that eliminates unsightly adapter clutter while blending in seamlessly as a standard power outlet and its ‘How-to’ video showing install time in under 20 minutes. Article Continues…