What Can You Do With the World’s Largest Family Tree?

Your family tree might contain a few curious revelations. It might alert you to the existence of long-lost third cousins. It might tell you your 10-times-great-grandfather once bought a chunk of Brooklyn. It might reveal that you have royal blood. But when family trees includes millions of people—maybe even tens of millions of people—then we’re beyond the realm of individual stories.When genealogies get so big, they’re not just the story of a family anymore; they contain the stories of whole countries and, at the risk of sounding grandiose, even all of humanity.Last week, scientists using data from Ancestry.com and Geni.com each unveiled papers analyzing the genealogies for patterns like migrations, lifespan, and when people stopped marrying family members. Ancestry.com sells both subscriptions to its genealogy research … Read the rest

Invisible liquid can make your phone screen as hard as sapphire

‘ProtectPax’ is an innovative screen protector that works on glass surfaces like smartphones, tablets and glasses. It uses liquid glass – a silicon dioxide coating that bonds with a given surface and significantly hardens it.  Read more…More about Real Time Video, Real Time Video, Real Time, Silicone, and Glass Material
Invisible liquid can make your phone screen as hard as sapphire

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Dramatic Satellite Images Show the Oroville Dam From Drought to Overflow

This past weekend, hundreds of thousands of people were evacuated in anticipation of a potential spillway failure at the Oroville dam. Images from space show what the area in northern California looked like during last year’s drought, and how it appeared after a spate of intense rain, at the height of the recent…Read more…
Dramatic Satellite Images Show the Oroville Dam From Drought to Overflow

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Want to ward off mosquitoes? Candles and bracelets are worthless

(credit: US Department of Health and Human Services) Already daydreaming about warm, outdoor barbecues and picnics? If so, one thing you’re probably leaving out of your happy vision is the inevitable return of blood-thirsty mosquitoes that crash those otherwise relaxing outdoor events. Luckily, this year, researchers have your back, as Science first reported. In a high-tech experiment to recreate your bite risks while chilling on your patio, researchers at New Mexico State University tested out 11 common types of mosquito repellent to find the most effective ones. The results: skip the citronella candles and ditch herb-laced bracelets—they didn’t work at keeping away mosquitoes. Instead, stick with DEET-containing products, metofluthrin-blowing clip-on fans, and sprays containing oil of lemon eucalyptus. The results appear in the Journal of Insect … Read the rest