Science

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Exhibitions

Reap what we sow: Trevor Paglen’s new flower works take an allegorical view of AI

Created during quarantine, the artist’s Bloom series is about the fragility of life, and how computer systems interpret the complexity of humanity

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Diary

Number one priority: NASA will give designers $35,000 for a toilet that will work on the moon

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Contemporary art

Pandemic art: how artists have depicted disease

As the coronavirus forces us to endure an unprecedented time of distant social contact, art can remind us, assure us, of our interconnectedness

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Conservation

New secrets of Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring to be revealed online next week

Mauritshuis museum's detailed technical examination uncovers new findings on the Dutch artist's brushwork, pigments and technique

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Books

Of fossils, prisms and volcanoes: the scientific and imaginative investigations of the polymath Goethe

This extensive volume explores the relationship between the German writer's visual imagination and his fascination with natural science

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Book Shorts

A beautiful compendium of Early Modern scientific instruments

This exhibition catalogue shows European technological discoveries from the 16th to the 19th century

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Book Shorts

Book reveals the ways in which artists helped make scientific discoveries

From the 17th to the end of the 19th century natural history depended on illustrations for clarification

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Technology

Ancient cities rise again: Introducing virtual archaeology

Technology developed by a California-based firm has made it possible to walk through vanished sites.

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Climate Change

Venice has no official plan for how to deal with climate change

A new report by Icomos details how the science/culture divide is stopping world heritage coming to the aid of climate change and urges speedy action

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Book Shorts

Book looks at the persistence of the scroll throughout the Middle Ages

Even when the codex became ubiquitous, scrolls held a special place for the written word

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Books

Coming out of one’s shell: new book explores overlooked mollusc art by naturalist's daughters

Martin Lister enlisted his daughters Susanna and Anna because of the unreliability of the best professional engravers

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Books

William Hunter and the enlightened art of science

A new publication brings together the Scottish surgeon's art collection for the first time in many years

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Media & broadcast

A man-made landscape is writ large on the screen in Anthropocene: The Human Epoch

After its US premier at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, the visually stunning documentary heads to Berlin

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Heritage

How pioneering climate-change science dated one of Britain's oldest houses

Landmark Trust's restoration finds that oak timber used to build Welsh house was felled in the winters of 1418-19 and 1420-21

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Unesco

Goodbye Venice, goodbye Ravenna, goodbye Ferrara, goodbye Carthage?

Many World Heritage Sites around the Mediterranean are at grave risk from sea-level rise by 2100, report says

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Exhibitions

When the avant-garde met E=mc2: the story behind Dimensionism

Supported by prominent figures in its day, the little known movement is at last being rescued from obscurity

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Leonardo da Vinci

Uffizi launches Leonardo da Vinci 500th celebrations across Italy

New exhibition in Florence decodes the “startlingly radical” scientific ideas of the Codex Leicester

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Openings

Art meets science in new gallery at King’s College London

Free venue joins a growing global network of Science Gallery spaces

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Artist interview

Trevor Paglen lets you view the world as the machines see it

Ahead of his retrospective at Washington, DC's Smithsonian American Art Museum, the artist discusses his interest in the social and political implications of technologies, including mass surveillance systems and artificial intelligence

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Germany

Gerhard Richter creates Foucault pendulum for Münster church

Artist's donated installation pays tribute to "a small victory for science"

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Auctions

Dinosaur skeleton previously unknown to science auctioned in the Eiffel Tower

Aguttes sold the fossil to an anonymous buyer, who may name the new species, despite protests from paleontologists

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Science and Art

Artists deliver climate-change message that time is running out

They are increasingly sounding the alarm on global warming, through new works and collaborations with scientists

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The dark web, surveillance dolls and Van Gogh’s zombie ear: technology’s role in art debated at Boston conference

While artists and museums embrace futuristic tools, legal experts point to a number of pitfalls with cutting-edge work

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Art Basel Hong Kong 2018

Cern’s resident artists to create work for Art Basel

Darkroom installation will use data collected at the particle physics centre

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Artist interview

Robot wars: Mark Pauline and Survival Research Laboratories

The Bay Area artist and his team build massive machines that act in dangerous performances—and they are opening their first gallery show in New York

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Conservation & Preservation

Met’s science labs shed light on other museums’ collections

New York institutions are accessing equipment and expertise thanks to $2m, six-year grant

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In the frame

A Syrian in space

The astronaut Muhammed Faris was hailed a national hero in 1987 after accompanying a Soviet crew on a trip to the Mir space station

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There is more to Malevich’s Black Square than a hidden racist joke, Moscow curators reveal

Tretyakov museum may invite foreign experts to conduct further research on the radical work

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Exhibitions

Sergei Korolev: the unknown winner of the space race

As the countdown to London's Cosmonauts show begins, we speak to the daughter of the rocket scientist who blasted Yuri Gagarin into space

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Robots beat art experts at their own game

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Openings

Pompeian frescoes cured with antibiotics

Bacteria removed from Villa of the Mysteries frieze during restoration

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Auctions

Turing manuscript sells for more than $1m

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Science

Oxford's Weston Library to dust for hyperspectral fingerprints

Researchers to use imaging technology to identify invisible-to-the-eye artefacts

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Art fairs

Art Basel Miami Beach to be studied for Swiss sociology project

Collectors and dealers alike must prepare for questioning as art-money relationship comes under the microscope

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Art & Technology

Infrared-light technology gets funding boost

Technology could foresee deterioration of artworks

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Ancient Egypt

"Naked scanners" being used to research mummies

A new use for airport screening technology

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Art & Technology

An advance in iron preservation aids conservators

Work on Civil War submarine leads to pioneering technique

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Photographs

Stopping the passage of time: Colour photography conservation

A new technique aims to prevent colour prints from fading—but is it legal?

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Books

Book review: Kirsh and Levenson's "Seeing through paintings: physical examination in art-historical studies"

A popular, non-technical explanation of the physical composition of paintings is not easy

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Unesco

Deliberation over ownership of submerged vessels and their booty at the bottom of the ocean leads to Unesco intervention

An estimated three million shipwrecks lay undiscovered. UNESCO is calling for a global treaty to protect them. Salvors say it is unrealistic and unworkable, despite developments in deep-sea exploration technology

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Internet art

Passport to the universe: Virtual reality at the Hayden Planetarium

Clare Henry saw the latest high-tech astronomical display at in New York and says scientists have taken art to new heights

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Science and Art

New laser technology for painting restoration

Revolutionary non-contact cleaning method to be unveiled this month at Liverpool’s laser conservation conference

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Technology

One of the most advanced and sophisticated computer-based analyses of an ancient landscape in Europe is taking the excavation out of discovery

To dig or not to dig?

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Exhibitions

"China: cradle of knowledge" officially opens in Birmingham 25 February

Astonishing science and technology show from Peking

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Science and Art

Archaeologists delighted as Schliemann's Trojan treasure becomes available for research

British scientists describe the new techniques which could be used to investigate the recently revealed gold and silver hoard