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February 23 2014

February 12 2014

8 Celebrities Hiding in Historical Paintings

From billboards to magazines, to television and your favorite movies, celebrities can be seen everywhere. But here's somewhere you never expected to see them: historical paintings from two centuries ago.

We found striking resemblances between eight popular celebrities and portraits from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Though the hairstyles and fashions may be markedly different, there is undoubtedly a strong resemblance between the subjects of the paintings and our modern-day icons

How did this happen? Are they related? Is it coincidence? Are there time travelers? We're not sure. All we know is that the cross-generational resemblance is undeniable Read more...

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February 09 2014

Million-Year-Old Footprints Found as Some of Earliest Proof of Human Life

About 50 human footprints almost 1 million years old were discovered in England last year, and new research published on Friday determined that these footprints were the earliest evidence of human footprints outside of Africa.

The footprints were discovered in the village of Happisburgh, Norfolk, by a team of experts from the British Museum, the Natural History Museum and Queen Mary University of London. Of the 50 footprints, only about a dozen were complete with details.

The footprints may prove the existence of a group of early humans — one or two adult males, two or three adult females or teenagers and at least three or four children. The prints showed they were walking upstream, away from what would have been the estuary of the Thames River. Ancient pollen found at the site dated this walk during the interglacial period, right before the Ice Age. Temperatures at night would hang around a cozy 5 degrees Fahrenheit Read more...

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February 04 2014

Take a Look Back Into Your Facebook History

Facebook is celebrating 10 years of existence today, and to mark the occasion, the company created a special "Look Back" feature, giving users a nostalgic look into their Facebook history

The feature consists of a video, tailor made for each user, showing their most important Facebook moments such as most-liked posts and photos.

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg also marked the anniversary with a post on his timeline

"When I reflect on the last 10 years, one question I ask myself is: why were we the ones to build this? We were just students. We had way fewer resources than big companies. If they had focused on this problem, they could have done it. The only answer I can think of is: we just cared more," he wrote. Read more...

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February 03 2014

January 16 2014

11 Historical Figures Who Would've Hosted Rad Reddit AMAs

Go ahead — ask me anything

That's the simple prompt behind Reddit's extremely popular series, "Ask Me Anything," or AMA. The question and answer directive offers Redditors a chance to submit queries to a variety of interesting people, from ex-Mafia bosses to a slew of mega-famous names, such as Barack Obama, Bill Gates and Al Gore.

The AMA is mostly a vehicle for a shared learning experience. Unless you're Woody Harrelson, who will go down in Reddit history as one of the worst of all time, most AMAs are full of interesting, insightful and funny questions and responses, a place where people are happy to spill secrets and confessions. Read more...

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January 15 2014

I Took the Iconic 'Miracle on the Hudson' Photo

I still remember how cold it was that day. I was in New York City for business meetings, running around, trying to stay warm. I got on the 3:30 p.m. ferry to New Jersey, sat down and pulled out my iPhone. Minutes later, the captain came over the intercom telling us that there was a plane in the Hudson River

As the ferry inched toward the aircraft and approached the wing, I snapped the photo above and tweeted it to my 170 followers using TwitPic

http://twitpic.com/135xa - There's a plane in the Hudson. I'm on the ferry going to pick up the people. Crazy.

— Jānis Krūms (@jkrums) January 15, 2009

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January 14 2014

The Unearthed Diaries of World War I Soldiers

The Internet just inherited a treat for history buffs. More than 300,000 diary pages written by British troops during World War I are now available online.

This initial release from the UK National Archives includes the diaries of three cavalry divisions and seven infantry divisions deployed in France and Flanders. They cover the units' entire involvement in the war

While the diaries, which are better described as "activity logs," don't contain soldiers' innermost thoughts, readers still get a sense of what daily life was like for these troops. For example, a Sept. 14, 1917 entry chronicling an infantry division that was part of the South Wales Borderers illustrates just how long a day was for these soldiers: Read more...

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January 07 2014

8 Activists Admit to 1971 Theft Exposing FBI Spying

In 1971, burglars broke into an FBI office outside Philadelphia and stole files that proved the bureau was spying on Americans. They then mailed the documents to the press, opening a firehose of "extensive spying" operations against dissident groups. The crime was never solved.

Now, decades later, in a safe haven of expired statute of limitations, the thieves have stepped forward.

“There was only one way to convince people that it was true, and that was to get it in their handwriting,” Keith Forsyth, one of the thieves, told the New York Times. Forsyth, 63, and other members of the eight-person group agreed to be interviewed one week before the release of a new book called The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret F.B.I., which details the inner workings of their escapade Read more...

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December 13 2013

Redditors Resurrect Family History With Beautiful Photo Restorations

In this digital age, everything we do is recorded for posterity in the vast archives of the Internet. In 50 years, our children will be able to look back on our lives through the archives of sites like Facebook and Flickr

Past generations have not had this luxury. Many of their memories are locked in finite scraps of photo paper, just one small house fire or an angry ex-girlfriend away from oblivion. These old photos rarely stand the test of time, becoming wrinkled, torn or discolored with age

The Redditors of r/Picrequests are fighting the flow of time — with Photoshop. Read more...

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December 06 2013

'Let Mandela Be a Beacon': What Teachers Will Tell Their Students Friday

Nelson Mandela, former South African president and anti-apartheid revolutionary, died on Thursday at age 95. He leaves behind a legacy of courageous leadership that will undoubtedly inspire generations to come

"He achieved more than could be expected of any man," President Obama said in a statement shortly after Mandela's death. "Today he has gone home [...] He no longer belongs to us; he belongs to the ages."

While world leaders address their nations on an international stage, how will teachers do the same with their students in the classroom this week? We asked a few how they'll share Mandela's story. Here's what they said. Read more...

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December 05 2013

400,000-Year-Old DNA Reveals Puzzling Branch of Human Origins

The oldest known human DNA found yet reveals human evolution was even more confusing than thought, researchers say.

The DNA, which dates back some 400,000 years, may belong to an unknown human ancestor, say scientists. These new findings could shed light on a mysterious extinct branch of humanity known as Denisovans, who were close relatives of Neanderthals, scientists added.

Although modern humans are the only surviving human lineage, others once strode the Earth. These included Neanderthals, the closest extinct relatives of modern humans, and the relatively newfound Denisovans, who are thought to have lived in a vast expanse from Siberia to Southeast Asia. Research shows that the Denisovans shared a common origin with Neanderthals but were genetically distinct, with both apparently descending from a common ancestral group that had diverged earlier from the forerunners of modern humans Read more...

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Iranian Revolution Video Game Brings Turbulent History to Life

The events leading up to Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution are a tangled tale of chaos and mass protests that eventually led to political change. Now, a video game aims, in a sense, to recreate this complex history through entertainment.

The three-season game series 1979 Revolution recounts history through the use of actual photos, video footage and audio recordings of those involved in the revolution

Lead creator Navid Khonsari calls it a "revolution in gaming." A gaming veteran, Khonsari was the cinematic director for Grand Theft Auto 3 and Max Payne. Read more...

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November 22 2013

Silently Huddled Around a Screen: Tragedy Still Unites Us

It was 12:30 p.m. sharp when the shots rang out across Dealy Plaza in Dallas. They were quick, salient cracks released in one-second intervals. The weather was unseasonably warm for late November, even by Texas standards. Looking back, though, nobody really cares about the temperature that day

Friday marks 50 years since the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963. Most people alive in the early '60s can pinpoint their whereabouts when they received word of Kennedy's death. Many reference Walter Cronkite's ominous announcement (below).

And while the medium of delivery has changed over time, from radio to newspapers, TV to the Internet, the memories surrounding such events are carved forever: I was at home eating dinner when I heard the news on the radio; I was getting ready for school while I watched the aftermath; I was at my desk working when I read the tweet Read more...

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November 18 2013

JFK Assassination: National Archives Reveal the Whole Story

Friday marks 50 years since the assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, and the days leading up to this anniversary may feel a bit like diving headfirst into an icy ocean of Camelot myth. Truth, analysis and conjecture will each get their due, but it will all be filtered through a media that has been telling the same unhappy tale for 50 years.

But what if you could chart your own course through history?

The National Archives' digital archive of Kennedy Assassination artifacts includes amazing finds like Lee Harvey Oswald’s rifle and handwritten and typed transcripts from interviews conducted over the days, weeks, months and years following the assassination Read more...

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'Histagrams' Tumblr Imagines History Told Through Instagram

In today's digital age, the biggest newsworthy moments unfold on social networking sites like Instagram. But before social media, news broke the old fashioned way — through word of mouth and eyewitness reporting

A new Tumblr called Histagrams imagines what pre-social media history would have looked like as told through Instagram. From Napoleon's rise to power to The Beatles' first gig, the project covers some of the biggest events in history through a digital lens.

Histagrams is the the brainchild of interactive designers Gusto NYC and Gavin Alaoen. Gusto NYC told Mashable that the idea came to him while wondering what Instagram might have looked like had it existed five years ago Read more...

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November 09 2013

Enchanting Colorized Photos Breathe New Life Into History

Dana Keller is resurrecting the shadows of history, one photo at a time. Keller, a graduate student at Simmons College, is studying to become a historical archivist. In his spare time, he casually took up colorizing family photo requests on Reddit as a hobby.

Now this hobby has exploded into a Facebook page with over 16,000 likes and a passionate community.

History in Color takes photos of famous historical figures, famous events, and even old family photos, and transforms them into some of the most realistic colorizations on the Internet. Mashable asked Keller a few questions about his craft, and the community that has gathered around it. Read more...

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November 01 2013

How One Hacker's Mistake Fashioned the Internet You Use Today

The Department of Defense thought the Russians were attacking.

An MIT computer called PREP was the first to be penetrated. It was Nov. 2, 1988, and the time was approximately 8 p.m. Within hours and into the following morning, an estimated 10% of all machines connected to the Internet would crash, overloaded with several copies of a mysterious program

It wasn’t until a few days later that the source of the problem became clear: a computer worm — a program with the goal of widespread self-replication through theberk Internet — and the first of its kind. Saturday marks its 25th anniversary. Read more...

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October 30 2013

The Day 1 Million Americans Thought Aliens Invaded Earth

Doomsday arrived on Oct. 30, 1938, when poisonous black gas crept through New Jersey, ray guns shot flames across New York City and killing machines from Mars took over the nation.

Or, that's what nearly 1 million radio listeners thought, at least.

Wednesday marks the 75th anniversary of Orson Welles' "War of the Worlds" broadcast, an episode from CBS's The Mercury Theatre on the Air and an adaptation of H.G. Wells' science fiction novel. The show, a fake news report of alien invaders from Mars, struck fear into the nation as listeners were convinced the fictional story was a very real, live broadcast. Read more...

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October 29 2013

Garage Where Steve Jobs Started Apple Designated as Historic Site

The legacy of the late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs just got a little richer on Monday. The garage where he started Apple with Steve Wozniak has been named as a historic site

Located in Silicon Valley, the modest house at 2066 Crist Dr. in Los Altos, Calif., was the place where Jobs and Wozniak, along with others, churned out the very first Apple computers (see below). Built in 1952, the 61-year-old house is not only the birthplace of Apple, but also the childhood home of Jobs

According to a report in the San Jose Mercury News, Jobs’ sister Patricia had no say in the new designation for the property. That was left to the Los Altos Historical Commission, a group of citizens appointed by the Los Altos City Council Read more...

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