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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?

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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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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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