Category Archives: Arts

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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Ballet makes Glastonbury debut

The English National Ballet has made its debut at the Glastonbury festival. It was the first act to take to the stage on Sunday, following Metallica’s headline set on Saturday. The company performed Akram Khan’s Dust, a piece commemorating the dead of World War One, and the families they left behind.Thousands turned up to watch the early morning performance, which was introduced by folk singer Billy Bragg. Via Ballet makes Glastonbury debut.

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Featured Artworks – Homer and His Guide – William-Adolphe Bouguereau


Carrying on the Neoclassical tradition of David and Ingres, William-Adolphe Bouguereau dominated French academic painting of the late 19th century. Before becoming identified with beautifully crafted, albeit sentimental, images of women and children, Bouguereau concentrated on elevated religious and mythological subjects that historically were the acme of pictorial subject matter. André Chenier’s poem describing shepherds offering their service after hearing the blind Greek poet Homer praying for a guide furnished Bouguereau with a special theme for this painting (1874). The … Continue reading

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This striking image was captured by Michael Shainblum and was one of his first Astro panoramas taken outside of Santa Barbara, California at Mount Figueroa. Via The Earth Story.

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A great gift for a science lover?

Would your girlfriend or wife like a pair of earrings shaped like, from top left: the Big Dipper, Cassiopeia, dopamine and serotonin? If so you can get them from Arajera’s  etsy store.

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Da Vinci’s Handmade Skull

Researchers believe they have found Leonardo Da Vinci’s “sorrow stone” — a creepy, miniature skull crafted in great anatomical detail. Missing a lower jaw, the early 16th century artifact was found by a German couple in 1987 in an antique shop. “It is a small, naturalistic looking, deformed skull of a more than 50-year-old-male and it is made of a partially hollowed stone like material,” wrote independent Belgian researcher Stefaan Missinne in the Wiener Medizinische Wochensschrift, a medical journal published in Vienna. Milky … Continue reading

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A German artist regrows Van Gogh’s ear


It’s not often that we get an article that covers all our main categories, Science, Technology, History and the Arts. But I think this one comes very close – Deskarati German artist Diemut Strebe made a replica of Vincent van Gogh’s ear using genetic material from one of the artist’s living relatives. Convincing Lieuwe van Gogh, the great-great-grandson of Vincent’s beloved brother Theo van Gogh, to donate a few cells for an art project was easy. Lieuwe and Vincent share one … Continue reading

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The Road Where Cars Roll Uphill

There is a road in Scotland where bicyclists have to pedal hard to ride downhill… but then coast uphill. Why?

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Featured Artworks – The Lady of Shalott – John William Waterhouse


The Lady of Shalott is an 1888 oil-on-canvas painting by the English Pre-Raphaelite painter John William Waterhouse. The work is a representation of a scene from Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s 1832 poem of the same name, in which the poet describes the plight of a young woman, loosely based on the figure of Elaine of Astolat from medieval Arthurian legend, who yearned with an unrequited love for the knight Sir Lancelot, isolated under an undisclosed curse in a tower near King … Continue reading

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London’s Greatest Scientific Experiments

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As a few of you might know, I am ‘down under’ in Melbourne Australia for the next week or so. But I am not shirking my responsibilities, I am spending time checking out all the latest news about science, technology, history and the arts for your enlightenment. On the arts front, today I met with Adam Bull the principle dancer of the the Australian Ballet. I must say he is one of the nicest guys you could meet and I’m … Continue reading

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Mind Your Step

Mind your step is a street illusion at Sergels torg in Stockholm. It is created by photographer Erik Johansson and this video summarize the first three days. Hey, it was filmed in full-HD, so why not watch it in full screen mode.

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Elite Syncopations

“Elite Syncopations” is a 1902 ragtime composition by Scott Joplin, originally published by John Stark & Son. One of his more popular works, it is one of a handful of Joplin rags for which he recorded a piano roll. The cover of the original sheet music prominently features a well-dressed man and lady sitting on a treble staff, looking down upon a cherub clutching a cymbal in each hand, which reflects plainly the title of the piece. In 1974, the Royal Ballet, under director Kenneth MacMillan, created … Continue reading

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A Marionette in Manhattan

Everyone remembers the first time they met Stix. Curiously wondering as they approach from a distance, “Is that some kind of …miniature man..dancing around over there with a bunch of people crowded around?” Some puppets are made for fun, some to be playful and goofy, but Stix is just a person like all the rest of us.

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Awakening – Timelapse

Part I/IV of a timelapse series through the always changing landscapes of New Zealand. Shot over 4 month, travelling through amazing landscapes, sleeping under the stars, hiking on mountains and exploring remote roads. Locations in this video where at Fjordland NP, Mount Cook NP and Arthurs Pass NP, Mavora Lakes and Lake Ohau.

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Ferrofluid Art

Thanks to artist Natasha Durley-Boot for bringing theses great pictures to our attention. Fabian Oefner is a Swiss investigator, photographer and artist, whose work moves between the fields of art and science. The shapes, you see above are only about the size of a thumbnail. They are created with the aid of a very peculiar material: ferrofluid. This liquid has a very unique property. It is magnetic, caused by the millions of nano iron particles in it. When put under a magnetic field, the particles … Continue reading

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Do you have a flag?

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


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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