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A blogging siesta

Hello Artful Science readers, As you’ve probably noticed, Artful Science...

Art conservation that does more harm than good

Hindsight is 20-20, as they say. This week Art Daily* reported that a...

Figuring out what killed crazy Caravaggio

“Caravaggio’s life was even darker than his paintings.” This is how...

How long should conservators protect David Beckham’s football?

It’s a hypothetical question, really, because Beckham has certainly owned...

Was antiquity really so tacky?

The ancient Greeks did it, and now the Phoenicians too. Over the past few...

A brief hiatus: Onwards to Uzbekistan

My apologies for a few weeks hiatus over here at Artful Science. Last summer...

Gold gilding, ancient amber and a mysterious hidden sculpture: A new cultural heritage journal launches!

There’s beautiful gold gilding at Reales Alcazares royal palace in...

Daisies, frankincense, mint, and mercury help preserve Richard the Lionheart’s heart

This is a guest blog post from Stu Borman, a C&EN senior correspondent...

Photo fraud: eBay to the rescue!

In the 1990s the market for photos exploded. As snapshots started selling...

Two million-year-old whale fossils printed with 3D technology

These may look like real fossils, but they are actually perfect plastic...