New Google Doodle Honors Alessandro Volta, Forefather of the Modern Battery

Elie Chahine

Alessandro Volta’s 270th Birthday

*Throws metal strips in saltwater, changes world forever*

A new Google Doodle is celebrating what would have been the 270th birthday of the Italian physicist Alessandro Volta, who in the year 1800 published a theory that led to the modern battery.

As TIME wrote back in 2007, Volta “realized metals could produce a current and developed the first battery, or ‘voltaic pile,’ a series of copper and zinc strips in salt water that gave off an electric current instead of static electricity.”

Undated picture of Italian physicist and inventor Alexander Volta (1745 - 1827)Born February 18, 1745 in Como, Italy, Volta’s invention was the result of a professional competition with Luigi Galvani, who discovered that dissected frogs’ legs would twitch when probed with a wire.

Galvani believed the frogs’ muscles generated the electricity, while Volta thought the animal tissue was only a conductor.

The debate galvanized Volta to experiment with conductivity (often on his own tongue). Eventually, Volta put together…

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Italy lands on a comet!

After 10 years spent in the deep darkness of interplanetary space through the Solar System, yesterday the Rosetta spacecraft successfully landed on comet 67p/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

Rosetta is the first mission designed to both orbit around a comet and deposit a lander on its surface. Thanks to the small lander named Phylae, it will be possible to catalogue the elements and the molecules contained in the comet’s dust, and by analyzing these samples to go back to life’s origin.
This is an exquisitely European pride, since European Space Agency (ESA) managed the mission, but Italy played its role with Project Manager Bruno Gardini and Enrico Flamini, who leads scientific programs of Italian Space Agency.

“Ambition” is a short movie that celebrates this prestigious event. Directed by Tomek Baginsky and starring Game of Thrones’ actor Aidan Gillen, this stunning sci-fi work was screened on October 24th during the British Film Institute Celebration of Sci-Fi.


Below is the first picture taken before landing:

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Read the original article on Kappa Language School’s website.