New light on da Vinci’s anatomical drawings in Edinburgh

New light on da Vinci’s anatomical drawings in Edinburgh

August 5th, 2013 | Art History, Drawing, Renaissance, Science, Shows

Almost 500 years after Leonardo da Vinci’s death, an exhibition that sheds new light on the his groundbreaking studies of the human body opened this Friday at The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse as part of the Edinburgh International Festival. Da Vinci’s anatomical drawings have… Read More

Masterpieces at risk from preservation technique

Masterpieces at risk from preservation technique

August 5th, 2013 | Paintings, Science

Groundbreaking new Danish research shows that a frequently used preservation method may damage oil paintings – including some of the world’s great masterpieces. If an oil painting treated with the frequently used wax-resin lining is exposed to relative humidity above 60 per cent, there is… Read More

The Book of Secrets by Ibn Khalaf al-Muradi

The Book of Secrets by Ibn Khalaf al-Muradi

The Book of Secrets was copied in 1266 (in Toledo) from an original dating back to the eleventh century by the Andalusian engineer Ibn Khalaf al-Muradi. It is an extraordinarily important manuscript in the field of the history of science, because it represents one of… Read More

When Björk met Attenborough

When Björk met Attenborough

July 30th, 2013 | Documentaries, Music, Science, Videos

Award-winning musician Björk and legendary broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough have admired each other’s work for years but this is the first time they have discussed their mutual love of music and the natural world on screen. In this remarkable documentary, Björk explores our… Read More

“Curiosity: Art and the Pleasures of Knowing” at Turner Contemporary

“Curiosity: Art and the Pleasures of Knowing” at Turner Contemporary

Enter a world of wonder, fascination and inquiry. Experience the spectacular and the bizarre, the startling and mysterious, contemporary art alongside historical artefacts, as the gallery becomes a cabinet of curiosities. Curiosity: Art and the Pleasures of Knowing is a startling exhibition (Until 15 September… Read More

Lowry Burgess – Space Artist

Lowry Burgess – Space Artist

Lowry Burgess, a pioneer space artist, has over 30 years of experience collaborating with NASA and creating visionary artworks in a cosmic context. In 2013, a robotic mission from Carnegie Mellon (the first commercially funded lunar expedition) will send his art to the Moon. The… Read More

Stranger Visions – Portraits from DNA found in chewing gum and cigarettes

Stranger Visions – Portraits from DNA found in chewing gum and cigarettes

May 7th, 2013 | Contemporary Art, Science, Sculptures

In Stranger Visions artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg creates portrait sculptures from analyses of genetic material collected in public places. Working with the traces strangers unwittingly leave behind, Dewey-Hagborg calls attention to the impulse toward genetic determinism and the potential for a culture of genetic surveillance. Heather… Read More

What Art Can Tell Us About The Brain

What Art Can Tell Us About The Brain

May 6th, 2013 | Featured, Science, Talks, Videos

Neurobiologist Margaret Livingstone explores why some Impressionist paintings shimmer, why some op art paintings seem to move, principles of Matisse’s use of color, and how the Impressionists painted “air”. She explores how artists have intuited important features about how our brains extract relevant information about… Read More

A Boy And His Atom: The World’s Smallest Movie

A Boy And His Atom: The World’s Smallest Movie

May 2nd, 2013 | Animation, Science, Videos

You’re about to see the movie that holds the Guinness World Records™ record for the World’s Smallest Stop-Motion Film. Even nanophysicists need to have a little fun. In that spirit, IBM researchers used a scanning tunneling microscope to move thousands of carbon monoxide molecules (two… Read More

The Mechanics of Man – Leonardo da Vinci was right, new medical scans show

The Mechanics of Man – Leonardo da Vinci was right, new medical scans show

Long recognised as one of the great artists of the Renaissance, Leonardo da Vinci was also a pioneer in the understanding of human anatomy. Had his ground-breaking work been published, it would have transformed European knowledge of the subject. Now Leonardo has finally received the… Read More