Category Archives: Arts

The Deskarati Helmet Wiper!

I was watching the Barcelona Grand Prix at the weekend and saw McLaren had to retire Ferdinand Alonso early. Well today I find out that Alonso’s race was ruined by one of his visor tear off strips getting into his brake … Continue reading

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Picasso’s Women of Algiers smashes auction record

Picasso’s Women of Algiers has become the most expensive painting to sell at auction, going for $160m (£102.6m) at Christie’s in New York. Eleven minutes of prolonged bidding from telephone buyers preceded the final sale – for much more than … Continue reading

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Drawing a realistic Glass of Water

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Featured Artworks – Self Portrait – Eugene Delacroix

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Considered the leader of the French Romantic school of painting, Eugene Delacroix was a prolific artist, producing over 9,000 works during his lifetime, ranging from paintings, to watercolors, pastels and drawings. His work both shaped the Impressionist artists and inspired … Continue reading

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Politicians discussing global warming!

Politicians discussing global warming. A sculpture in Berlin by Issac Cordal.

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How dangerous are magnetic items near an MRI magnet?

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Rediscovered Francis Bacon portraits up for auction

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Two self-portraits by Francis Bacon are going on public display for the first time after being rediscovered in a private collection, before being sold. Although experts knew the works by the late painter existed, they had no idea who had … Continue reading

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Giselle: Behind the Ballerina

Great video by Australian Ballet’s principle artist Adam Bull. Adam is my son’s brother-in-law and the nicest guy you could ever meet. – Jim – Deskarati

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Single Picture Explains How Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO Work In Photography

If you’re a beginner photographer, it can be helpful to have a simple guide that helps you understand the different settings that you can toggle on your DSLR camera. While this helpful exposure chart by Daniel Peters at Fotoblog Hamburg won’t … Continue reading

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Engineering team invents a camera that powers itself

A research team led by Shree K. Nayar, T.C. Chang Professor of Computer Science at Columbia Engineering, has invented a prototype video camera that is the first to be fully self-powered—it can produce an image each second, indefinitely, of a … Continue reading

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Earth Lights From ISS

While moving at 17,000 miles per hour at an altitude of 240 miles above the Earth’s surface on the International Space Station, NASA astronaut Don Petit was able to capture the lights from our planet in a unique way. His … Continue reading

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Cymatics

With thanks to Chris Ford

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Eclipses

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Lava in Mount Etna

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Can you see that little red dot on the eastern side of Sicily? That is the lava inside Mount Etna as photographed by Astronaut Reid Wiseman from the International Space Station. – Deskarati

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Beautiful view of a rainbow over a lighthouse

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Photographer Owen Humphreys captured this dramatic view of a rainbow appearing over the lighthouse at Tynemouth, England.

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Schrödinger’s Vet

Cartoon by Benjamin Schwartz from this week’s issue of the New Yorker magazine.

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CD Shattering at 170,000FPS!

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Van Gogh’s fading Sunflowers… and other tales of decaying art

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Like people, works of art inevitably change with time. They get restored, are preserved in perfect environments by conscientious museums, and yet there is still no way to freeze a masterpiece for ever. Even the comparatively recent paintings of Vincent … Continue reading

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Featured Artworks – American Gothic – Grant Woods

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Grant Wood adopted the precise realism of 15th-century northern European artists, but his native Iowa provided the artist with his subject matter. American Gothic depicts a farmer and his spinster daughter posing before their house, whose gabled window and tracery, … Continue reading

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Zachary Quinto: Leonard Nimoy was like a father to me

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Zachary Quinto pays tribute to Leonard Nimoy I first met Leonard Nimoy in 2007 at the Comic-Con conference in San Diego where it was announced I would be taking over the role of Spock. I was really excited to meet … Continue reading

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