You can now browse the wills of famous American figures including Paul Revere, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Alexander Hamilton. First person to calculate how many chamberpots total were owned by the signers of the Declaration of Independence gets my undying gratitude.
By using data culled from genealogy websites, computational biologist Yaniv Erlich has put together some of the largest family trees ever seen, including a single pedigree comprising 13 million individuals — some of whom date back 500 years.
What happens if you let a genome hacker—a kind of computer scientist-turned-biologist—loose on the world's online genealogy sites? The world's biggest family tree is what, which shows how over 13 million people are related.
See that newborn baby? Okay, now get this. The woman featured at top-right is his great-great-great grandmother. And the other women include everyone in between. That's an astounding six generations of the same family all living at the same time.
In Greek mythology, the god Zeus is perhaps best known for his wandering...ahem...lightning rod and the multitudinous offspring it produced. This massive mythological genealogy chart tracks every Olympian, demigod, and hero the thunder god was said to have sired, along with each child's mother.
What will happen when we colonize a new planet? Will the first settlers become the planet's ruling class, or spread their bloodline across the entire planet's surface? Quite possibly. A new study indicates that you might want to be one of the first to land on a new world.