Earlier today, Google Senior Vice President of Knowledge ascended to 135,890 feet (~25 miles) above the surface of the Earth via a helium ballon, breaking the world altitude record for a skydive, previously held by Felix Baumgartner.
To complete the world record hat-trick, during the dive he also broke the world records for vertical speed reached (peak velocity of 822 mph) and total freefall distance (123,414 feet). Learn more in the article, linked below.
We’re launching a new Google Flu Trends (http://goo.gl/pWqlJo) model in the U.S. that—like many of the best performing methods in the literature—takes official CDC flu data into account as the 2014/2015 flu season progresses. We hope it can help alert health professionals to outbreaks early, and in areas without traditional monitoring, and give us all better odds against the flu. Learn more on the Google Research blog, linked below.
To celebrate, we'd like to share his The Starry Night from The Museum of Modern Art's collection, which is available in #Gigapixel technology. Zoom in to see the painter's brushstrokes on one of the most famous paintings in the world: http://goo.gl/8DbNtP #art #vangogh
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