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New partnership makes it easier to prove Pilgrim ancestry

The Japan Times

BOSTON – The number of people trying to determine whether they are descended from a Mayflower passenger is surging as the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims' arrival in the New World approaches in 2020. Now, a partnership announced Thursday between the New England Historic Genealogical Society and the General Society of Mayflower Descendants is making it easier to figure out. The Boston-based genealogical society is digitizing and indexing authenticated Mayflower Pilgrim genealogies and 50 years' worth of the "Mayflower Quarterly" magazine, and making them available at its research site, www.americanancestors.org. There were 102 people on the Mayflower when it landed in Massachusetts in 1620. Half died in the first year.


Rethinking the Mayflower: How I Came to Build an Autonomous Ship to Cross the Atlantic - THINK Blog

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To cross the Atlantic with an unmanned, autonomous ship will push technology to its limits. Like the Mayflower's 101 passengers in 1620, we'll also need a lot of help and some good luck. I grew up in Boston, Massachusetts. I spent a lot of time messing around in the ocean, swimming and diving. Unlike my friends and brothers, I preferred looking at the fish to eating them.


The Mayflower Autonomous Ship

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The Mayflower Autonomous Ship (MAS) will begin its journey on 6 September 2020 and cross the Atlantic Ocean, from Plymouth to Plymouth. Like its namesake in 1620, MAS will rely to some extent on favourable weather to complete its crossing as it will be powered by state-of-the-art hybrid propulsion system, utilizing wind, solar, state-of-the-art batteries, and a diesel generator. MAS will carry three research pods containing myriad sensors that scientists will utilize to conduct persistent, ground-breaking research in meteorology, oceanography, climatology, biology, marine pollution and conservation, and autonomous navigation. MAS is being coordinated through a partnership lead by ProMare, a non-profit charity established to promote marine research and exploration throughout the world. The research pods will be coordinated by Plymouth University, a world-leading centre of excellence for marine and maritime education, research and innovation.


Key moments from Jeff Sessions' testimony

Los Angeles Times

Jeff Sessions hearing live updates: Senator accuses attorney general of'impeding' investigation Watch live and follow Times reporters for analysis Sessions has denied a third undisclosed meeting with Russian officials Sessions said his involvement in the firing of former FBI Director James B. Comey was not improper He is not answering questions on his conversations with Trump Sessions said his involvement in the firing of former FBI Director James B. Comey was not improper Less than a week after former FBI Director James B. Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee, the spotlight turned to Atty. Sessions, who has acknowledged two meetings with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, said he had no recollection of meeting with him a third time during a conference at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington. He did not rule out such a meeting, but repeatedly said he did not recall it. "It's conceivable that it occurred. I just don't remember it," he said.


A Few Things You (Probably) Don't Know About Thanksgiving

National Geographic

When the Mayflower pilgrims and the Wampanoag sat down for the first Thanksgiving in 1621, it wasn't actually that big of a deal. Likely, it was just a routine English harvest celebration. More significant--and less remembered--was the peace treaty that the parties established seven months earlier, which lasted for 50 years.