Science, Technology and Innovation

What’s New About the New Greek Galleries at MFA?

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Do people learn more at art museums when chronology governs a display or when a thematic narrative rules? It’s a perennial question, and traditionally many museums with extensive collections answer it with the former because, with a broad, deep array of art in a particular category, they can. Less well-endowed collections have often gone the thematic route simply because they ... Read More »

Curiosity rover reaches long-term goal: a massive Martian mountain

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A little over two years after landing, Curiosity has reached a milestone. NASA recently announced that the rover has arrived at the base of Mount Sharp, a 3.4-mile-high mountain that Curiosity has been heading towards since July of 2013. The initial landing was in Gale Crater, and the total journey has been around 9km or 5.5 miles — a number that ... Read More »

Science to the rescue of art

A file photo taken on January 24, 2014 shows a gallery supervisor posing in front of two versions of Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh's Sunflowers paintings at the National Gallery in London

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Vincent van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” are losing their yellow cheer and the unsettling apricot horizon in Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” is turning a dull ivory. Some of our most treasured paintings are fading, warn experts who would like more money for the use of sophisticated technology to capture the masters’ original palettes before the works are unrecognisably blighted. “Our cultural heritage ... Read More »

So you think you know where babies come from?

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It has been a long journey of scientific discovery from Aristotle to epigenetics – and it’s not over yet We know a lot about the world around us. We know a lot about ourselves and how we work. We even know where babies come from, and this is no mean feat. Imagine it’s 350BC, and you’re trying to work it ... Read More »

Race to protect Australia’s rock art: ‘I don’t know if we need to do an ice bucket challenge or what’

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Half the country’s rock paintings – some dating back 30,000 years – could disappear within 50 years, experts warn. Oliver Milman meets the Indigenous rangers and researchers working to protect delicate sandstone from the triple threat of mining, graffiti and feral animalsHalf the country’s rock paintings – some dating back 30,000 years – could disappear within 50 years, experts warn. Oliver Milman meets the ... Read More »

Is This Alexander the Great’s Tomb?

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One of biggest mysteries of modern archaeology might be solved in the coming days—and all eyes are on a huge circular structure that lies beneath an ancient Greek mound. Its entrances are guarded first by a pair of sphinxes, then by columns in the form of women—each stretching out an arm to ward off intruders. Beyond them lies one of ... Read More »

The Power Of The Press: CSIRO Installs Solar Panel Printer

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Solar technology In Australia took a step forward recently, with the installation of a machine that can print solar panels. Amy McQuire reports. Printable solar panels could power our laptops and rooftops – even our skyscrapers – sooner than we think after a new solar-cell printer, the nation’s largest, was recently installed at the CSIRO. The printer, worth $200,000 and ... Read More »

Pelé unveils unique football pitch where players’ energy produces electricity

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Brazillian football legend launches a revolutionary artificial pitch that converts players’ energy into electricty to power Rio de Janeiro favela Brazilian football legend Pelé has unveiled the first football pitch to use players’ energy to produce electricity in a favela in Rio de Janeiro. The so-called King of Football visited Morro da Mineira favela in the city to launch the ... Read More »

Hungary’s Navracsics to be Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Citizenship

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European Commission President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker has unveiled on Wednesday the next European Union executive for the 2014-2019 period. The team will have to be approved by the European Parliament. As it turns out Hungary’s Tibor Navracsics will not be Commissioner for Trade or Commissioner for Customs, as suggested by previous press reports – Juncker surprisingly picked him to be Commissioner for Education, ... Read More »