Category Archives: Arts

This document proves how much ear Van Gogh really cut off

A Vincent Van Gogh scholar has found a document explaining exactly how much of his ear the artist cut off back in 1888. Not only does the newlyV found diagram end a longstanding debate over the extent of van Gogh’s … Continue reading

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Ambiguous Cylinder Illusion

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‘Spine-tingling’ Beatrix Potter drawings found hidden inside books

Previously unknown drawings by Beatrix Potter have been found during cleaning work at a National Trust property. The four line drawings were found hidden inside books during conservation work at Melford Hall in Suffolk. Potter, the creator of Peter Rabbit … Continue reading

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Hasselblad is the first mirrorless medium-format camera

Swedish camera-maker Hasselblad has unveiled the world’s first mirrorless medium-format model. By putting a larger-than-normal sensor in a relatively small body, the firm aims to make it easier to take “ultra-high quality” photos than before. Professionals say the X1D should … Continue reading

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Restoring The Last Supper

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The painter who entered the fourth dimension

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When mathematician Thomas Banchoff received a message in 1975 asking him to contact Salvador Dalí, his colleague told him: “It’s either a hoax or a law suit.” Yet it turned out to be the start of a collaboration that lasted … Continue reading

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Life As We Know It

Life As We Know It – By Bill Gates  Last year Trevor Mundel, who runs our foundation’s global health work, suggested that I read a book called The Vital Question. I had never heard of the book or its author, … Continue reading

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Rube Goldberg

Thanks to Phil Krause for suggesting this post Reuben Garrett Lucius “Rube” Goldberg ( San Francisco July 4, 1883 – Hawthorne New York December 7, 1970) was an American cartoonist, sculptor, author, engineer, and inventor. He is best known for … Continue reading

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Dali helps scientists crack our brain code

Scientists at Glasgow University have established a world first by cracking the communication code of our brains. Pioneering research in the field of cognitive neuroimaging has revealed how brains process what we see. The work has been led by Prof … Continue reading

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“Farewell to Stromness”

We have a special treat this week, a new post from our friend Alan Mason – Deskarati Last week, on 14 March 2016, the death was announced of the composer and musician, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, (born 1934) so the … Continue reading

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The Man Who Knew Infinity

Now learn about this mathematical genius who died young but left mysteries that still puzzle mathematicians today.

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Featured Artworks – The Birth of Venus – Sandro Botticelli

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The Birth of Venus is a painting by Sandro Botticelli generally thought to have been painted in the mid 1480s. It has long been suggested that Botticelli was commissioned to paint the work by the Medici family of Florence, specifically … Continue reading

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How Ex Machina robot came to life

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A gorgeous rendition of Franz Biebl’s Ave Maria

Thanks to Dr. George Ford for suggesting this. Here’s what happens when two of America’s premier male ensembles, Cantus & Chanticleer walk into a bar.

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How George Orwell influenced the 21st Century pub

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Seventy years after George Orwell published an essay on what makes the perfect pub, BBC News examines how the author’s views are influencing the micropub movement. As one of the most influential writers of the 20th Century, George Orwell’s impact is … Continue reading

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Making thunder at the theatre

This year marks the 250th anniversary of the Bristol Old Vic, one of the oldest working theatres in the world. To mark the occasion, the theatre will give audiences a chance to experience productions in the way that eighteenth century … Continue reading

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FEATURED ARTWORKS – ST PAUL’S CATHEDRAL – CITY OF LONDON, UK – SIR CHRISTOPHER WREN

Three Claims The present St Pauls’ Cathedral has three unique claims to fame. It was the first Protestant cathedral to be built in England; all the medieval cathedrals were originally Catholic foundations. Secondly, it is the first English cathedral to … Continue reading

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Wildlife Photographer of the Year

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Bone fragments found in Italian convent could be the real Mona Lisa

Bone fragments dating back to the 16th century are “very likely” to be that of the actual Mona Lisa, say Italian researchers. According to renowned art sleuth Silvano Vinceti, who has for years led the search to find the owner … Continue reading

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Featured Artworks – Far Above The Clouds – Mike Oldfield

Have a couple of beers, put on the headphones and crank it up to eleven. This is a serious piece of music from Mike Oldfield’s ‘Tubular Bells III’.

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