Fashion Fights In The 1600s: Parents Just Don’t Understand Their Kids’ Clothing Styles

Fashion trends come and go but one thing stays the same: Kids and parents often don’t see eye-to-eye on style. Even in 17th-century Amsterdam. A great example of this was recently unearthed by University of Delft researcher, Margriet van Eikema Hommes, when she took a closer look at paintings by the Dutch artist Govert Flinck. Flinck was a pupil of Rembrandt, but he had more commercial success than his teacher. Case in point: When...

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100-Year-Old Sacred Congolese Statues Have Digestive Tracts

The headline pretty much says it all. If you aren’t a regular reader of the Indianapolis Star, you may have missed this awesome article about how sacred statues sculpted by the Songye people contain carefully dug out digestive tracts. The Songye people, who live in the Democratic Republic of Congo, use the statues in fertility and war ceremonies. Experts had long known that the priests inserted materials in to the...

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Stinky, Degrading Film And How To Stop It

Like humans, fungi have a taste for old movies. The problem is that they like to eat the film rather than watch it. Adding insult to injury, fungi produce copious amounts of stinky odors from their consumption of classic flicks. In fact, this fungi flatulence can cause headaches, nausea and irritated eyes in humans. (In particular, one airborne fungal molecule called 1-octen-3-ol.) For this reason film archive staff fear any sort of...

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Banking On A Bunker To Save Britain’s Film

If I had to marry an inanimate object, I would not choose the Berlin Wall as Eija-Riitta has, but I might be tempted by a bunker, possibly the Boros bunker, whose dark history has been reclaimed by great art. So you can imagine that I was super interested in a recent Guardian article about a new archive for the British Film Institute, which will be located on top of the site of an old nuclear bunker. The BFI is facing what’s...

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Are Crop Circles Made By Microwaves?

If you believe that crop circles are a form of art made by rogue (human) sculptors, then you’ll probably want to read Richard Taylor‘s fascinating piece in Physics World about the science of making these curious farmland imprints. If you can’t get past the PW paywall, check out my column in this week’s Newscripts about his quirky work on crop circle science. In particular, Taylor thinks artists are using...

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A Short Summer Sabbatical

This post comes from Whitehorse, in the Yukon (that’s in Canada, folks), where I’m about to embark on a two-week, 400-km canoe trip along an old gold rush route to Dawson City. This means Artful Science will have a two week hiatus while I avoid getting eaten alive by mosquitoes and bears. I thought I’d say au revoir with an image from Yukon-based artist, Daphne Mennell. See y’all in...

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