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Rosetta finds message on comet

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Featured Artworks – The Subway – George Tooker


George Clair Tooker, Jr. (August 5, 1920 – March 27, 2011) was an American figurative painter whose works are associated with the Magic realism and Social realism movements. He was one of nine recipients of the National Medal of Arts in 2007. In 1943, Tooker began attending at the Art Students League of New York where he studied with Reginald Marsh and Kenneth Hayes Miller. Early in his career, Tooker’s work was often compared with painters such as Andrew Wyeth, Edward Hopper, and his close friends Jared French and Paul Cadmus. His work was included in the “Fourteen Americans” show … Continue reading

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The Day War Broke Out

100 years ago today the Great War started and today I thought about my father. Although he did not serve in either of the two World Wars, he did tell me many stories of his time as a child during the second WW. So today, as we all think of those lost and those we have lost, I would like you to listen to one of my fathers favourite monologues from Robb Wilton. – Jim – Deskarati

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Watch The Full Diva Dance Opera Performance From The Fifth Element

We only catch glimpses of it in the film, but here you can watch French actress Maïwenn Besco’s entire green screen rendition of the Diva Dance Opera performance from The Fifth Element, in all its arm-flapping glory. The voice you hear isn’t Besco’s (who is lip-syncing), but Albanian opera lyric soprano Inva Mula’s. The aria she’s performing is “Il Dolce Suono.” Via Watch The Full Diva Dance Opera Performance From The Fifth Element.

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Groovy Baby!


This is what the grooves of a vinyl record look like under an electron microscope. Image: Chris Supranowitz (

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Siegfried Sassoon ‘How To Die’

To coincide with the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One, actor David Harewood narrates an animated interpretation of the poem How To Die by Siegfried Sassoon.In the work Sassoon, who gained recognition by writing about his own experience as a soldier and who became known as one of the leading poets of the Great War, describes the horrors of the trenches and battlefields in realistic detail, and rails against the idea of combat being a noble undertaking.

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Shirley: Visions of Reality

13 of Edward Hopper‘s paintings are brought alive by the film, telling the story of a woman, whose thoughts, emotions and contemplations let us observe an era in American history.Shirley is a woman in America in the 1930s, ’40s, ’50s, and early ’60s. A woman who would like to influence the course of history with her professional and socio-political involvement. A woman who does not accept the reality of the Depression years, WWII, the McCarthy era, race conflicts and civil … Continue reading

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National Geographic Photo Winner – The Independence Day


While on storm chasing expeditions in Tornado Alley in the U.S. I have encountered many photogenic supercell storms. This photograph was taken while we were approaching a storm near Julesburg, Colorado, on May 28, 2013. The storm was tornado warned for more than one hour, but it stayed an LP [low precipitation] storm through all its cycles and never produced a tornado, just occasional brief funnels, large hail, and some rain. National Geographic Traveler Director of Photography Dan Westergren, one … Continue reading

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George Butterworth’s ‘A Shropshire Lad’

George Butterworth, an English composer who was killed at the age of 31 during the First World War, is best known for his song settings of several of the poems in A. E. Housman’s ‘A Shropshire Lad.’ Those songs led to Butterworth composing this evocative orchestral rhapsody of the same name. It was first performed in 1913 and uses some of the same song melodies. If you would like to learn more about the life and works of George Butterworth click … Continue reading

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New Planet and Moon Found?

Nope, they’re just plain old soap bubbles. London-based photographer Jason Tozer manipulates light to turn the ordinary into something pretty spectacular. Via ScienceAlert

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Giant Granny Walks Around Liverpool

Thousands of people have lined Liverpool’s streets to welcome three giant marionettes, which will tell the story of the city during World War One. A grandma giant set off in search for a her giant granddaughter and giant pet dog Xolo on Friday morning. The huge figures began the Memories of August 1914 commemoration, and will visit many of the city’s landmarks before they sail away on the River Mersey on Sunday.

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Do you have the perfect nose?

perfect nose

She has been voted the sexiest woman alive, but now it emerges that one reason may be that Scarlett Johansson apparently has the perfect nose. Plastic surgeons have analysed the ideal shape for a woman’s nose and found it should be slightly upturned. They found Scarlett Johansson, The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel all fit the bill. Measured from the lip up, the optimum angle of rotation at the nasal tip – the amount the nose is … Continue reading

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Thanks to Alan for this interesting post regarding George Butterworth. If you would like to read any of Alan’s other posts please click here – Alan Mason. – Deskarati In an earlier post I paid tribute to a brilliant young physicist, Henry Moseley, and here I mourn for a young musician and composer. Both were killed in the First World War and their talent and creativity was lost to the nation. In earlier times wars were fought by professional soldiers. That … Continue reading

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Giant Duck to Provide Solar and Hydro Power for the City of Copenhagen

A group of British artists have conceptualized a giant solar harvesting floating duck as part of the 2014 Land Art Generator Initiative Copenhagen design competition. Dubbed Energy Duck, the giant structure has been designed not only to generate clean electricity for the local residents of Copenhagen, but to also provide a unique visitor center. “Energy Duck is an entertaining iconic sculpture, a renewable energy generator, a habitable tourist destination and a celebration of local wildlife,” say its creators, Hareth Pochee, … Continue reading

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The Imitation Game

The Imitation Game gets it European premiere at this year’s London Film Festival. It is a nail-biting race against time following Alan Turing (pioneer of modern-day computing and credited with cracking the German Enigma code) and his brilliant team at Britain’s top-secret code-breaking centre, Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II. Turing, whose contributions and genius significantly shortened the war, saving thousands of lives, was the eventual victim of an unenlightened British establishment, but his work and legacy … Continue reading

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The Detail In This Hummingbird Photograph Is Unreal

Scotland-based photographer Chris Morgan captured this remarkable macro shot of a hummingbird while visiting Bosque De Paz Nature Reserve in Costa Rica. In case you were wondering: Yes, that is Morgan’s reflection in the hummingbird’s eye. Morgan tells io9 the key to capturing this photograph was patience: My main method of taking the pictures was patience. I used a canon 100mm macro lens and sat near to some hummingbird feeders that were suspended just above head height. I kept the … Continue reading

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Israel Kamakawiwoʻole


Israel “Iz” Kaʻanoʻi Kamakawiwoʻole, translation: “The Fearless Eyed”; (May 20, 1959 – June 26, 1997), also called Bruddah Iz (Brother Iz), was a Hawaiian musician. His voice became famous outside Hawaii when his album Facing Future was released in 1993. His medley of “Somewhere over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World” was subsequently featured in several films, television programs, and television commercials. Through his skillful ukulele playing and incorporation of other genres (such as jazz and reggae), Kamakawiwoʻole’s music remains a … Continue reading

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Slices of Reality

Artist Laurin Döpfner used an industrial sander to smooth his way through various objects one layer at a time, photographing each stratum as he went. When he was through, he compiled the images into the stop motion video you see here. The result is utterly entrancing. Verschleif from Laurin Döpfner on Vimeo.

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Featured Artworks – Lost Tracks of Time – Matthew Malkiewicz


It’s not often that we include photographs in our ‘featured artworks‘ category. But when we saw this beautiful photo of an old steam train we couldn’t help ourselves. This amazing picture is from a collection of photos by Matthew Malkiewicz an engineer and self taught photographer. You can see more of Matthew’s work at his website – Deskarati

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Glass Art

Beautiful Glass Art by Paul J Stankard

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