An Asian Touch for Children’s Stories.

An illustrator gives an Asian touch to European tales and Disney classics. The creations of Na Young Wu, aka Obsidian, a Korean illustrator who likes to give a nice Asian touch to famous European tales and Disney classics with a beautiful series of illustrations, from The Little Mermaid to Snow White through Alice in Wonderland, […]

Jurassic Squirrels.

Reconstruction of a new mammal species, Xianshou songae. This mouse-sized animal was a tree dweller in the Jurassic forests and belonged to an extinct group of Mesozoic mammals called euharamiyida. – Zhao Chuang/American Museum of Natural History/Reuters by Peter Spotts. The fossil remains of squirrel-like mammals with a hefty dose of cute are helping reset […]

Ice Cube Research Station.

IceCube Research Station. Photo by Call it a telescope, call it a detector, or call it an observatory – it’s all the same to the University of Wisconsin scientists at the IceCube, which is now the world’s largest neutrino research array. The IceCube array consists of 86 identical holes, drilled 1.5 miles deep, scattered […]

“The South” closes its doors.1971.

by Bob Byrne, On 26 June, 1971, The South Australian Hotel in North Terrace closed its doors for the final time, marking the end of an era and bringing to a sad conclusion almost 100 years of Adelaide social and community history. During the 50th anniversary celebrations of The Beatles’ legendary visit to Adelaide, “The […]

Elizabeth Bathory, the Blood Countess.

Elizabeth Bathory, the Blood Countess, is one of the most famous of all historical vampires. She is perhaps less well-known only than the infamous Vlad Dracula, known also as Tepes (the Impaler) and he – although noted for his savage and very public methods of execution – was no vampire, but has merely been cited […]

The Woman who lives the 1930s.

This is not an antique photo. This is 41-year-old Dutch historical consultant Jo Hedwig Teeuwisse, who has decided to live her work. Here she sits in her parlor, darning socks by the wireless. She has no television and instead surrounds herself with the furniture, literature, and accessories of the 1930s. Her business requires that she […]

Bachus and Ariadne.

Caesar van Everdingen (1616/1617–1678) He was born in Alkmaar and educated in Utrecht, where he learned to paint from Jan Gerritsz van Bronckhorst. Caesar became a member of the painter’s guild in Alkmaar in 1632. His first known painting dates from 1636. In 1648 he moved to Haarlem, where he joined the Haarlem Guild of […]

Mary Toft’s Mysterious Rabbit Birth,

A portrait of Mary Toft by James Caulfield, made in 1819 –which is  a copy of an earlier portrait drawn in 1727, while Toft was in prison. In September 1726, news reached the court of King George I of the alleged birth of several rabbits to Mary Toft (1703-1763) of Godalming, near Guildford, in Surrey. […]

The Pathe Foundation, Paris.

For the last 8 years the Pathe Foundation in Paris has worked with Pritzker-winning architect Renzo Piano to design and construct their new headquarters. Slated for a grand opening, photos have emerged that reveal, in the architect’s own words, “an unexpected presence”: a curved bulbous structure that looks like it’s been squeezed into an opening […]

‘The Perfect Cone.’

Photo by Dennis Tanay. Mount Mayon, also known as the Mayon Volcano, is an active stratovolcano on the island of Luzon in the Philippines, renowned for its almost symmetric conical shape. Mayon is considered to have the world’s most perfectly formed cone due to its symmetry, which was formed through layers of pyroclastic and lava […]