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By Scott Knaster, Google Developers Blog Editor

This week the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory launched its online multimedia archive. This site features a large collection of documents, photos, and videos of and about Mandela, including private letters and diaries covering all periods of his life. The archive is built on Google App Engine and is supported by a grant from the Google Cultural Institute.


Last week we posted about an amazing ride-along video of the Space Shuttle Solid Rocket Booster. Now, as a coda to that, take a look at these words and photos from the Space Shuttle decommissioning process. In their retirement, the Shuttles will eventually go on public display, now that they have completed their service in space.

Finally, if you find yourself relaxing this weekend with a glass of wine, ponder for a moment how you could use that wine to turn ordinary metal into a superconductor. Then go ahead and drink up.


Once a week we post a Fridaygram, featuring cool stuff that has little to do with developer announcements. Each Fridaygram item must pass only one test: it has to be interesting to us nerds.