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New $20 bill to depict Harriet Tubman; 3rd woman ever on US paper money

New $20 bill to depict Harriet Tubman; 3rd woman ever on US paper money

The new $20 bill will feature a portrait of Harriet Tubman - civil rights activist and freedom fighter. This was announced by United States treasuring secretary Jacob J Lew, who also outlined plans for new $10 and $5 notes. The new set of paper money bills will not look like what you're seeing in this article - instead, they're going to be at least partially redesigned aside from the changing-out of historical figures. This is as much about aesthetics as it is about security features.

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Ancient Egyptian amulet found by 12-year-old in Jerusalem

Ancient Egyptian amulet found by 12-year-old in Jerusalem

A 12-year-old Israeli girl named Neshama Spielman recently discovered a rare Egyptian amulet that is about 3,200 years old. The amulet is said to have the name of a pharaoh on it, and it was found by Spielman while sifting through dirt as part of the Temple Mount Sifting Project. In a statement today, the Ir David Foundation announced the results of an analysis of the amulet, saying it features the name of Pharaoh Thutmose III.

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Wozniak talks FBI, Apple Watch in Reddit AMA

Wozniak talks FBI, Apple Watch in Reddit AMA

Steve Jobs, and now Tim Cook, might be the biggest personas in Apple, but Steve "Woz" Wozniak isn't that far behind. Co-founder and former Apple employee, Wozniak left the company twice in the 80s, not out of spite as some drama might paint, but in an attempt to live a "normal" life, as normal as forming startups can be. Although long out of the big tech picture, some have come to see Wozniak as some calmer voice close to Apple that, as shown in his Reddit AMA, isn't that shy from sharing what he thinks Apple might be doing wrong.

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New reptile species discovered with 250 million year old fossil

New reptile species discovered with 250 million year old fossil

A team of scientists have discovered a fossilized reptile skull dating back 250 million years, revealing not only evidence of a new species, but connections to the origins of dinosaurs as well. The skull, found by paleontologists from universities in Brazil and the UK, is well-preserved and features a number of serrated teeth, and is said to have survived a mass extinction event that occurred roughly 252 million years ago, eradicating 90% of life on Earth.

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Ray Tomlinson, “Father of e-mail”, passes away at 74

Ray Tomlinson, “Father of e-mail”, passes away at 74

As much as it has been blamed for productivity problems and as much as many now wish to kill it, the world would have probably been a very different place had e-mail not existed. And so it is with a heavy heart that the technology community who owes much of its existence and growth to e-mail bid farewell to Ray Tomlinson, credited for having created e-mail. And even if e-mail does become simply a piece of history, it, as well as Tomlinson, will always be present in the mindsets and conventions we take for granted to day, like the now ubiquitous "@" sign.

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Nefertiti bust secretly scanned, 3D model released to public

Nefertiti bust secretly scanned, 3D model released to public

The Bust of Queen Nefertiti has resided in the Neues Museum in Berlin since German archaeologists nabbed it from an Egyptian site in the early 1900s. It is one of the museum’s biggest bragging points, and is a hot point of contention among many: Egypt has long sought to bring it home, and many have pressed the museum to return it. Two artists have taken things a step further, though -- they secretly created a 3D scan of the bust and have made the model public.

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Google, National Park Service team to digitize 3800+ artifacts

Google, National Park Service team to digitize 3800+ artifacts

The U.S Department of the Interior has announced a partnership with Google Cultural Institute to digitize and publish “thousands of historically and culturally significant objects” online for the public to explore. The objects include artwork, records, artifacts, photos, and more, and are drawn from the National Park Service’s massive museum system (more than 380 park museums and millions of objects). The work was done in preparation for NPS’ Centennial anniversary this year.

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The Malware Museum offers a look at the viruses of yesteryear

The Malware Museum offers a look at the viruses of yesteryear

Most people have a pretty good idea of what computer malware and viruses look like in the current era: pop-up windows, spam sites set as the homepage, and bogus apps installed if they're lucky, with spyware and software that allows remote hacking being some of the worst. But about in the MS-DOS era? What did computer users of yore dread when getting infected? Well, the Malware Museum offers a historic, and safe, look back at what was conjured up in the 80s and 90s.

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Rare gives a peek at Banjo-Kazooie’s early development

Rare gives a peek at Banjo-Kazooie’s early development

Banjo-Kazooie was easily one of the best non-Nintendo games to hit the Nintendo 64. From the loveable characters, to the beautiful open world, there were many reasons to love the game. But what you might not know is that it was originally supposed to be a completely different game.

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Independent ‘Apple Museum’ contains private collection of Apple’s historic products

Independent ‘Apple Museum’ contains private collection of Apple’s historic products

The city of Prague in the Czech Republic has just seen the opening of the Apple Museum, a non-official establishment housing the largest private collection of Apple products. The museum opened its doors for the first time last week, inviting visitors to browse through hundreds of displays of Apple items dating between 1976 and 2012, including traditional Mac computers, as well as recent products like the iPod and iOS devices.

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Newly discovered dinosaur footprints reveal they once roamed Scottish lagoon

Newly discovered dinosaur footprints reveal they once roamed Scottish lagoon

Researchers recently uncovered Scotland's largest dinosaur site when they came across hundreds of dinosaur footprints dating as far back as 170 million years. The site was found near the Isle of Skye, along the nation's shore, with data indicating the footprints were left in the Middle Jurassic period, when the area was a sandy, saltwater lagoon. Not only do scientists know what kind of dinosaur left the footprints, but that they were likely walking in shallow water when the prints were made.

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Tooth fossil reveals DNA of ancient human cousins

Tooth fossil reveals DNA of ancient human cousins

A fossilized tooth found in Siberia has provided researchers with DNA indicating that it came from a species of hominid, a cousin of the human known as the Denisovans, which were first discovered in 2008. The molar was found in the same cave where the first remains of the Denisovans were discovered, the Denisova Cave, which the species was named after. The first evidence of the Denisovans consisted of a small finger bone and another tooth, which were confirmed in 2010 to be of a brand new species.

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