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Eddie Izzard gives us a lesson on 20th century history – Deskarati

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Featured Artworks – The Sistine Chapel Ceiling – Michelangelo

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Click to see a beautiful large picture of the masterpiece The Sistine Chapel ceiling, painted by Michelangelo between 1508 and 1512, at the commission of Pope Julius II, is a cornerstone work of High Renaissance art. The ceiling is that of the large Papal Chapel built within the Vatican between 1477 and 1480 by Pope Sixtus IV after whom it is named. The chapel is the location for Papal Conclaves and many important services. Central to the ceiling decoration are nine scenes from the Book of Genesis of which the Creation of Adam is the best known, … Continue reading

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Edward Tufte Celebrates Richard Feynman at Fermilab

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The gulf between art and mathematics is not nearly as wide as one might think. Beginning on Saturday, April 12, famed statistician and artist Edward Tufte will prove it with an installation at the Fermilab Art Gallery titled The Cognitive Art of Feynman Diagrams. The exhibit features Tufte’s three-dimensional steel sculptures, built in the shape of Feynman diagrams, the data visualization tool devised by Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman in the 1940s. Feynman diagrams are used in every analysis made … Continue reading

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Wonderful London – Then and Now

In 1924, Harry B. Parkinson and Frank Miller documented London in a fantastic series of short films, known as “Wonderful London”. Over the last few months, Simon Smith has stood in their foot-steps, recapturing their shots exactly, and has blended the two together creating a window through time.

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Coming face-to-face with a Leopard seal

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Paul Nicklen describes his most amazing experience as a National Geographic photographer – coming face-to-face with one of Antarctica’s most vicious predators – the Leopard seal.  Image credit - Paul Nicklen

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Spinning Illusion

Only one of these disks is actually spinning, can you see which one? Click here to reveal answer

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Warhol works recovered from old Amiga disks

A dozen previously unknown works created by Andy Warhol have been recovered from 30-year-old Amiga disks. The art experiments were produced in 1985 by Warhol under commission from Commodore – creator of the Amiga computer. Commodore paid the artist to produce a series of works to aid the launch of the Amiga 1000. A painstaking three-year project was required to recover the images which were saved in an obscure data format. The digital images were discovered and recovered by staff … Continue reading

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Let the bright seraphim

2009 Prinsengracht (Prince’s Canal) concert featuring Danielle De Niese. Song from Handel’s Samson (featuring the AVRO broadcasting corporation music centre players and 17-year old trumpeter Floris Onstwedder).

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The Kelpies Light Up

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Scotland’s biggest art installation has been lit up as part of a spectacular launch event. At the first of two night-time events, artist Andy Scott’s 300-tonne, 30m high Kelpie horse heads were brought to life by a light, sound and pyrotechnic display. It was staged by Groupe F, a pyrotechnic outfit which lit up the Eiffel Tower at the Millennium. The Kelpies, near Falkirk, officially open to the public on Monday. Via BBC Here is a video explaining how this … Continue reading

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Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies

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Nobel prize-winning Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez has died in Mexico aged 87, his family says. Garcia Marquez was considered one of the greatest Spanish-language authors, best known for his masterpiece of magic realism, One Hundred Years of Solitude. The 1967 novel sold more than 30m copies and he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982. Garcia Marquez had been ill and had made few public appearances recently.

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Map of Australia found on Mars!

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NASA’s curiosity rover, whilst exploring a part of Mars called ‘The Kimberley’ after the Western Australian region, actually found a map of the country. What a coincidence!!!! It was reported over on the Discovery Channel – Deskarati

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Professional Violinists Can’t Tell a Stradivarius From a Modern Violin

A modern instrument was the clear winner and a Stradivarius the loser in a double-blind test of old Italian and new violins, conducted at the Auditorium Coeur de Ville in Vincennes, Paris. In a follow-up to the controversial experiment conducted in Indianapolis in 2010, ten professional soloists compared the tonal qualities of twelve instruments – six by 18th-century Italian luthiers and six by contemporary makers. The results, published on 7 April in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, … Continue reading

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The Flying Mop

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Beautiful picture by Tim Flach

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We are a Cosmic Accident

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Excerpts from Alan Lightman’s Accidental Universe “On one thing most physicists agree. If the amount of dark energy in our universe were only a little bit different than what it actually is, then life could never have emerged. A little larger, and the universe would have accelerated so rapidly that matter in the young universe could never have pulled itself together to form stars and hence complex atoms made in stars. And, going into negative values of dark energy, a … Continue reading

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Game of Thrones

With the return of our favourite TV series, Game of Thrones, back next week we thought you might like this great street performance of the theme music. – Deskarati

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Can you name the paintings and the artists?

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Can you name the paintings and the artists? – Click on the picture to reveal the answers.

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IF by Rudyard Kipling

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Featured Artworks – Steps at Wick – L.S. Lowry

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This oil on canvas by Laurence Stephen Lowry R.A. (British, 1887-1976), titled ‘Steps at Wick’ is signed and dated ‘L.S. LOWRY. 1937′ and measures 43.2 x 53.3 cm. The steps pictured in Lowry’s image were part of Thomas Telford’s 1809 scheme for the new town plan of Pulteneytown for the British Fisheries Society. The Black Stairs were part of Telford’s original plan for Pulteneytown linking the residential area above the bank, via Lower Dunbar Street, to the harbour below. An anti-establishment … Continue reading

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Famous paintings help study the Earth’s past atmosphere

A team of Greek and German researchers has shown that the colours of sunsets painted by famous artists can be used to estimate pollution levels in the Earth’s past atmosphere. In particular, the paintings reveal that ash and gas released during major volcanic eruptions scatter the different colours of sunlight, making sunsets appear more red. The results are published today in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, an open access journal of the European Geosciences Union (EGU). When the Tambora volcano in … Continue reading

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Peter Warlock

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Further to my recent post on Brian Sewell the art critic, I was emailed by Alan Mason, one of Deskarati’s regular contributors. Alan bought to my attention that Sewell’s father was a composer called Peter Warlock. It was revealed in Sewell’s 2011 memoirs that he was the illegitimate son of the composer. Alan suggested that Warlock might be an interesting post. He was right. – Deskarati Philip Heseltine (Peter Warlock 1894-1930) was born in London and lost his father as … Continue reading

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