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When Was the First Parachute Jump? What Was the Highest? And More

<b>When Was the First Parachute Jump?</b><p>The Google Doodle for today, October 22, 2013 celebrates the 216th anniversary of the first successful and public parachute jump. Andre-Jacques Garnerin was the pioneering Frenchman behind that feat jumping some 3,200 feet from a hot air balloon, a stunt born out …

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013 – winning pictures

Australian photographer Mark Gee has beaten more than a thousand amateur and professional photographers from around the planet to win the title Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013. The competition is run by the Royal Observatory Greenwich and BBC Sky at Night Magazine. The winners, runners-up …

Google's Self-Driving Cars: A Quest for Acceptance

Robots can already outdrive humans. Now everyone needs to get out of their way.<p>Every morning, at about 8 a.m., Anthony Levandowski walks out of his house in Berkeley and folds his six-foot-six-inch frame into the driver's seat of his white Lexus. Levandowski is embarking on his daily commute to …

A Brief History of the Jetpack

From James Bond to JetLev, we trace humanity's quest to build this extremely unnatural way to get high.<p>From James Bond to JetLev, we trace humanity's quest to build this extremely unnatural way to get high.

National Geographic: Then and Now – in pictures

National Geographic magazine has been at the forefront of photojournalism since it first began publishing photographs in 1890. An exhibition at Beetles + Huxley showcases over 100 vintage and contemporary prints from 26 September to 19 October 2013. Here are some of them

30 Books You Should Read Before You're 30

The best books aren't static stories, but living entities with meanings that change and grow along with you. That's why we strongly recommend rereading the classics that were assigned to you in high school; you may find that they're nothing like they were before.<p>Still, some books are best …

Bridges galore

As we approach 30,000 groups related to them, bridges are a big deal in our community. The new ones, old ones, the ones that seem to go on endlessly …

Surf's Up! Awesome Big Wave Photos

Surf's (Way) Up<p>Surf's Up! Awesome Big Wave Photos<p>Dungeons, South Africa's famous big-wave spot, awakened in August, sending daredevil surfers out to …

September 2012

A Brief History of the Airship

From glorified balloons to military vehicles, we look up at the flighty past of dirigibles.<p>From glorified balloons to military vehicles, we look up at the flighty past of dirigibles.

Mishaps from robotic surgeries are 'vastly underreported' according to new data

The safety of an increasingly popular surgical robot is yet again being called into question, with new research revealing that some mishaps associated with the system are going unreported.<p>Called the da Vinci system and made by Intuitive Surgical Inc., the multi-armed robot has been introduced in …