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Google doodle: Happy Birthday, Jules Verne

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Today’s Google doodle gives web surfers the opportunity to dive below the ocean’s surface in a retro-futuristic submarine. Hit the bottom and you’ll discover brightly colored coral filling your submerged windows on the fantastical undersea world. It’s a tip of the hat to Jules Verne and his 183rd birthday.

Verne (1828-1905), the acclaimed writer of the classic, “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,” and other works of early science fiction, wrote about technology yet to be invented and worlds yet to be discovered in the second half of the 19th Century. His writing paved the way for the popular genre in many ways.

And that raises an interesting question: Does science fiction help or hurt the cause of research, innovation and discovery? It’s something to think about over a second slice of cake.

Happy Birthday, Jules. And thanks, Google.

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