Author Archives: Deskarati

Here Are The Top 10 Most Unnecessary Medical Treatments, According to Scientists

A recent literature study on medical care in the US has put forward ten diagnostic procedures and treatments that were overused in 2016, with the intention of highlighting ways that the medical system could be made more effective and more … Continue reading

Posted in Medical | Comments Off on Here Are The Top 10 Most Unnecessary Medical Treatments, According to Scientists

SpaceX’s Elon Musk updates Mars plans

Posted in Space Exploration | Comments Off on SpaceX’s Elon Musk updates Mars plans

Reflections: Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites

Discover how Jan van Eyck’s ‘Arnolfini Portrait’ was one of the beacons by which the Pre-Raphaelites forged a radical new style. ‘Reflections: Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites’ opens on 2 October.

Posted in Arts | Comments Off on Reflections: Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites

Blue Planet II : The Prequel

This world-exclusive introduction to the show is narrated by series presenter Sir David Attenborough and set to an exclusive track developed by Hans Zimmer and Radiohead. The prequel features an array of some of the most awe-inspiring shots and highlights … Continue reading

Posted in Arts, Wild Life | 1 Comment

The Headington Shark

The Headington Shark (proper name Untitled 1986) is a rooftop sculpture located at 2 New High Street, Headington, Oxford, England, depicting a large shark embedded head-first in the roof of a house. The shark first appeared on 9 August 1986. … Continue reading

Posted in Arts | Comments Off on The Headington Shark

60 perfectly preserved shipwrecks over 2,400 years old have been found in the Black Sea

Posted in Archaeology | Comments Off on 60 perfectly preserved shipwrecks over 2,400 years old have been found in the Black Sea

Engineers 3-D print high-strength aluminum, solve ages-old welding problem using nanoparticles

HRL Laboratories has made a breakthrough in metallurgy with the announcement that researchers at the famous facility have developed a technique for successfully 3D printing high-strength aluminum alloys—including types Al7075 and Al6061—that opens the door to additive manufacturing of engineering-relevant … Continue reading

Posted in Invention | Comments Off on Engineers 3-D print high-strength aluminum, solve ages-old welding problem using nanoparticles

How to move large blocks

Posted in Interesting | 1 Comment

NASA’s Cassini Finally Faces Its Fiery Doom

Posted in Space Exploration | Comments Off on NASA’s Cassini Finally Faces Its Fiery Doom

Flexible organic batteries could fit pacemakers

Thanks to Jacki Thomas for suggesting this post. A new kind of flexible “organic battery” could provide a more comfortable alternative to people fitted with pacemakers, say researchers. Currently, heart devices such as pacemakers and defibrillators are powered by rigid … Continue reading

Posted in Medical, Technology | Comments Off on Flexible organic batteries could fit pacemakers

China’s Building a Full-Sized Titanic Replica

Zhang Zhi | Getty Images The sinking of the Titanic continues to fascinate a surprising number of people. Soon, the first full-size replica of the ocean liner will allow delighted tourists to relive the ill-fated ship’s maiden voyage, right down … Continue reading

Posted in History | 2 Comments

New device accurately identifies cancer in seconds

Posted in Biology, Medical | 1 Comment

The Most Common Misconceptions

Posted in Infographic | 1 Comment

First-ever evidence of strange bouncing light particles has been caught in the LHC

Light is pretty awesome. It’s made of subatomic particles called photons, which also behave like waves. It’s been demonstrated to act like both a particle and a wave simultaneously. Photons can be entangled at a distance. They reflect, refract and … Continue reading

Posted in Physics | Comments Off on First-ever evidence of strange bouncing light particles has been caught in the LHC

Monster X-ray laser offers glimpse into nano-world

The world’s most powerful X-ray laser opened Friday in Germany, promising to shed new light onto very small things by letting scientists penetrate the inner workings of atoms, viruses and chemical reactions. The mega-project generates extremely intense laser flashes, at … Continue reading

Posted in Physics | Comments Off on Monster X-ray laser offers glimpse into nano-world

‘Simple’ chess puzzle holds key to $1m prize

Researchers at the University of St Andrews have thrown down the gauntlet to computer programmers to find a solution to a “simple” chess puzzle which could, in fact, take thousands of years to solve and net a $1m prize. Computer … Continue reading

Posted in Mathematics, Technology | Comments Off on ‘Simple’ chess puzzle holds key to $1m prize

Denis Diderot

Denis Diderot (October 5, 1713 – July 31, 1784) was a French philosopher, art critic, and writer. He was a prominent person during the Enlightenment and is best known for serving as co-founder and chief editor of and contributor to – the inspiration for Deskarati – the … Continue reading

Posted in Biography, Entertainment | Comments Off on Denis Diderot

Titian

Renaissance artist Titian died on this day in 1576. Although he was arguably the leading Venetian painter for much of the 16th century, few confirmed examples of his early drawings survive. This pen and ink drawing was probably made between … Continue reading

Posted in Arts | Comments Off on Titian

Antarctic salt-loving microbes provide insights into evolution of viruses

UNSW Sydney scientists studying microbes from some of the saltiest lakes in Antarctica have discovered a new way that the tiny organisms can share DNA that could help them grow and survive. The research, based on 18 months of water … Continue reading

Posted in Biology | Comments Off on Antarctic salt-loving microbes provide insights into evolution of viruses

How Does a Heart Attack Happen

Posted in Biology | Comments Off on How Does a Heart Attack Happen