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Mini Museum puts skulls, gold, London Bridge in your pocket

You don't have to be a globe-trotting explorer to obtain a fragment of the oldest matter ever collected (C. 4,568,200,000 years old), an insect in amber (C. 3,430,000,000 years old), or even an ancient mummy wrap (C. 350 BCE). There's no need to trek across the desert to an archeological dig in hopes of laying your hands on a triceratops' brow horn, or a T. rex tooth.

Thanks to collector Hans Fex, avid natural history fans can be curators of their own Mini Museum via his successfully funded Kickstarter campaign. These portable collections of fossils, bones, lunar rocks, and pieces of history are painstakingly assembled by Fex who broke these covetable specimens into smaller pieces, then embedded them in resin. The Mini Museums are handcrafted, individually numbered, and extremely limited.… Read more

Who needs 100-foot scuba limits with this 1,000-foot exosuit?

As anyone who's ever been a recreational scuba diver knows, diving beyond a depth of 100 feet requires special training. So imagine being able to go down to 1,000 feet and stay there for hours.

That's the goal of the deep-diving "exosuit," a "next-generation atmospheric diving system" that will be on display at the American Museum of Natural History through March 5.

The 6.5-foot-tall, 530-pound, hard-metal suit is designed to let a diver reach depths of 1,000 feet, where water pressure is 30 times that of the surface, and to conduct … Read more

Ancient footprints found along England's coast

Sometimes storms uncover interesting things. A storm uncovered some footprints along a Norfolk beach in England. This wouldn't be too odd, except these footprints are more than 800,000 years old. That's ancient enough to earn them the distinction of being the oldest footprints found outside of Africa.

You can't just dust for footprints, so researchers had to use their knowledge of the area's sediments to date the markings. Archaeologists from the British Museum and Trinity St David's University accidentally stumbled on the footprints during a geophysics survey of the shore last May.… Read more

When the Bay Bridge towered over San Francisco

These days, the Golden Gate Bridge is by far the most famous span in the world, let alone California, or even San Francisco. Yet, in 1937, when it was completed, it was considered an afterthought by many, overshadowed by a much larger and more ambitious cousin.

That other bridge, of course, is the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, also completed in 1937, an architectural masterpiece that took the Depression-era world by storm.

Today, San Francisco's de Young museum debuts "The Bay Bridge: A Work in Progress, 1933-1936," a brand-new exhibit of about 100 photographs and other works. … Read more

The 404 1,415: Where we watch you while you sleep (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Why one man watched every episode of "Law & Order" and took over 11,000 screenshots.

- Every fake URL on "Law & Order."

- Pebble Steel Review: The first smartwatch worth wearing.

- South Korea's online craze, "Watch me eat."Read more

Tour the Pacific Aviation Museum, from B-25 to F-104 and beyond

Spread across two hangars and some open tarmac on Ford Island, in the middle of Pearl Harbor, is the Pacific Aviation Museum. This collection of World War II and newer aircraft is a must-see for any airplane buff headed to Honolulu.

From a Japanese Zero to a B-25, an F-5 to an F-104, there are a ton of cool planes to check out. The best part is you can get right up close to most of the aircraft.

Also, they let me take a bunch of pictures.… Read more

Crazy sounds at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

William Kentridge's "The Refusal of Time" (2012) creates its own environment through the ever-morphing, large-format videos depicting the collision of technology, social upheaval, and industry. The five videos display a series of scenes, texts, shifting diagrams and papers, and laborers shown in silhouette marching across the screens. Music and voices come from eight speakers -- four large JBL studio monitors -- and four smaller megaphone-like horns that make announcements throughout the piece.

Picture and sound quality are exceptional, and while the sound is realistically loud, I never thought it was too loud. The running time is 30 … Read more

Public at last: Apple II DOS code that launched an empire

If ever source code can be said to have helped launch an empire, the code behind the Apple II DOS would qualify. And now it's available to everyone.

Last spring, CNET was first to report on the surfacing of documents that led to Apple's commissioning the creation of a disk operating system (DOS) for the young company's new computer, the Apple II.

Without that DOS, the computer would probably never have made a mark, since the only storage option otherwise available was a tape drive. Over the Christmas holidays of 1977, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak designed a … Read more

Homebrew Computer Club reunion lights up Silicon Valley

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- In this corner, it's Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. In that corner, it's phone phreaking pioneer Captain Crunch.

Over there, it's Apple employee No. 1 Bill Fernandez, and across the room, there's Lee Felsenstein, the creator of the world's first mass-produced portable computer, the Osborne.

Welcome to the Homebrew Computer Club reunion, an extremely rare gathering at the Computer History Museum tonight of dozens of the earliest home computer makers. Thirty-eight years after the first meeting of one of the most famous groups in the world of technology, nearly 100 of its … Read more

The 404 1,379: Where we lead you to the river (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- How one of the best science-fiction films of our time was almost destroyed.

- How to rob a bank in the 21st century.

- Meet "Sweetie," a virtual girl created to target child predators. Check out the video here.

- Knock Knock app unlocks Mac with two thumps on your iPhone.… Read more