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Was one of your ancestors on the Mayflower? You can find out now

Are you related to one of America's first immigrants? A new "Pilgrim database" from the New England Historic Genealogical Society and the General Society of Mayflower Descendants will let you know for sure.<p>"All information in the database is derived from the original printed books published by the …

Genealogy

Mountain passes and Maharajas: jewels of early Indian photography – in pictures

The Getty Images Gallery marks the 70th anniversary of India’s independence from Britain this week with an exhibition of the nation’s earliest photography

India

Warhol works recovered from old Amiga disks

<b>A dozen previously unknown works created by Andy Warhol have been recovered from 30-year-old Amiga disks.</b><p>The art experiments were produced in 1985 by Warhol under commission from Commodore - creator of the Amiga computer.<p>Commodore paid the artist to produce a series of works to aid the launch of …

The inventor of everything

It’s a sunny morning in Camarillo, California, and the fields along Pleasant Valley road are full of berry pickers in colored sweatshirts moving swiftly to gather ripe fruit. I take a left turn down Calle San Pablo into an unassuming industrial park, the research and development center for Cool …

Nom Nom Truck (San Francisco)

The Nom Nom Truck leverages the street-eater's penchant for classic handheld foods like tacos and those delicious Banh Mi sandwiches of Vietnamese origin. Founded by Jennifer Green and Misa Chien in 2009 with $25,000 of family capital and personal savings, the business has gone to post sales in the …

San Francisco

Lego Cubestormer robot solves Rubik's Cube in less time than it takes to read this headline

Until yesterday, the world record for fastest time in solving a Rubik's Cube was 5.27 seconds, which was set in the fall of 2011 by a Lego robot named Cubestormer 2. Thanks to the machine's successor (aptly named Cubestormer 3), the time to beat is now <i>3.253 seconds.</i> The robot, which is the third in …

Imax to develop luxury home cinemas for China's wealthy

<b>Imax, the cinema technology company specialising in immersive 3D screenings, is to offer home cinemas for China's wealthy elite in a joint venture with Shenzhen's TCL Multimedia.</b><p>Each luxury theatre will cost at least $250,000 (£157,000), Reuters reported.<p>"China now is our second largest market in …

Researchers Build A Particle Accelerator On A Chip

Researchers at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have developed a cool innovation that could make particle accelerators much smaller than they are today. Using a laser, they successfully accelerated electrons in a chip about 3 mm long. These findings have been published in <i>Nature.</i><p>Particle …

Mars hopper concept 'is feasible'

<b>A UK team is developing its idea for a Mars "hopper" - a robot that can bound across the surface of the Red Planet.</b><p>At the moment, landing missions use wheels to move around, but their progress can be stymied by sand-traps, steep slopes and boulder fields.<p>A hopper would simply leap across these …

High-resolution Nasa images show magnetic braids of the sun - video

Nasa images of the sun's outer atmosphere, the highest resolution pictures ever achieved. The agency launched the High Resolution Coronal Imager, or Hi-C, on 11 July 2012 from White Sands missile range in New Mexico. Hi-C's image sequences show the twisting up or braiding of the magnetic field that …

Nikon's AW1 might be the best underwater camera ever made

The concept of a waterproof camera is nothing new — most camera manufacturers offer a variety of waterproof point-and-shoots, and Nikon even made mass-market, waterproof film cameras back in the '60s and '70s. However, Nikon's now bringing something new to the waterproof market: the oddly-named …

European researchers want to send snake robots to Mars

Can snake-like robots do a better job exploring Mars than the wheeled rovers humans have previously sent to the red planet? That's the working theory of researchers at the Foundation for Scientific and Industrial Research (SINTEF), who believe that such a bot could help tackle the primary challenge …

9/11: The man who 'plotted' America's darkest day

<b>Relatives of the dead gathered in New York to mark the 12th anniversary of 9/11. Meanwhile, 1,400 miles away, the man who says he masterminded the attacks awaits his trial.</b><p>Khalid Sheikh Mohammed walked into a courtroom in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, one morning in August. The door stayed open for a …

I'm Going to Buy 6 Apple iWatches. Here's Why.

In a few hours we are going to see what Apple has been working on lately. There’ll be new iPhones, maybe some new software and perhaps even an Apple TV or iPads.<p>And one more thing.<p>Please, let there be a ‘one more thing’ this time!<p>It is not like we deserve a brand new revolution from Apple, but it …

Silver trumps gold in nano advance

<b>Scientists have come up with a better way to make silver nanoparticles, which are used in textiles and cosmetics.</b><p>The tiny metallic particles are often used because of their anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties - in wound dressings for example.<p>By using organic molecules to coat the particles, …

James Webb telescope: 'First starlight' instrument complete

<b>Europe has reached another milestone in its contribution to Hubble's successor - the James Webb Space Telescope.</b><p>An industrial team led from Astrium in Germany has completed the build of the Near-Infrared spectrometer, one of four instruments that will go in JWST.<p>NirSpec's job will be to determine …

Mysterious Dancing Lights In Afghanistan

This isn't a painting. It's not from a movie. It's not a strange astronomical event. This is real — what you can see when certain helicopters in Afghanistan touch down on sandy ground, raising dust, causing mysterious arcs of light to loop and dance through the air.<p>This doesn't always happen. "The …

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You can now replace your PC with a smartphone. But will you?

Sales of PCs continue to decline, and that’s forcing PC makers to get creative. The latest example is an attempt by Acer, currently the number four maker of PCs in the world by market share, to replace the PC forever—with the smartphone.<p>Meet the Acer Extend prototype, which was unveiled this week …

Android Phones

World War II: The Invasion of Poland and the Winter War

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UniKey Founder Talks About The Future Of Access Control Ahead Of October Ship Date

The UniKey Kevo has been a hot topic for the past year, its touch-triggered unlocking amazing the likes of investors, TV shows and retailers alike. The auto-lock system first appeared on an episode of “Shark Tank”, and shortly thereafter received a round of funding which brings the company’s total …

College Student Put His Life Savings Into Tesla, Made A Killing

A year later, he's glad he ignored their warnings.<p>The 22-year-old student at the University of California, Berkeley invested $30,000 into Tesla stock a year ago and has parlayed it into an investment worth approximately $250,000 today.<p>"I was always preaching to my friends, 'Tesla's gonna be huge' …

NASA Reactivating Spacecraft To Hunt For Near-Earth Asteroids

NASA is bringing a retired spacecraft back into service to help search for asteroids that could pose a danger to Earth, the space agency announced on Wednesday.<p>The spacecraft's three-year mission will begin next month "with the goal of discovering and characterizing near-Earth objects (NEOs), space …

NASA reveals how its plan to capture an asteroid and harvest a piece would work

Since the start of this year, NASA's been talking about the idea of capturing an asteroid and bringing it into orbit near the Earth, where astronauts can visit it and take home a sample. The US space agency isn't kidding around, either, already beginning plans to complete the mission by 2025. But …

How to Tie Your Hiking Boots

For most of us, we learned early in life how to tie our shoes. One of the last skills our parents passed along before pushing us out of the nest, it …

10 Heartbreaking Photos That Might Reduce You To Tears

They say a photo speaks a thousand words, so with the greatest respect to these heartbreaking moments from our history & the photographers that have …

Exposure: 2013

December<p>This August, Mionske shot Colombian Orlando Duque diving into Boston Harbor during the 2013 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series. Competitors jumped 90 feet, from the roof of the Institute of Contemporary Arts, and hit the chilly water at up to 62 miles per hour. To capture the odd …

Top 13 Outdoor Camping Tent Designs We Love

Sometimes it’s fun to give up the comfort of staying at a hotel and to just use a tent instead. It’s adventurous and it can be a great experience. …