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Silver Articulated Carp by Artist Honoured by Japan’s Crown Prince
Art / Culture / Japan

Silver Articulated Carp by Artist Honoured by Japan’s Crown Prince

A series of paintings by one of Japan’s most celebrated artists, finely carved ivories, delicate porcelain and precisely crafted metalworks are just some of the items to go under the hammer in the November 6th Fine Japanese Art sale at Bonhams New Bond Street salerooms. A highlight of the sale is a remarkable silver articulated … Continue reading »

Turkmenistan’s Glitzy Independence Day: A View from the Stands
Culture / Holidays / Türkmenistan

Turkmenistan’s Glitzy Independence Day: A View from the Stands

Turkmenistan marked Independence Day this week. While parts of the gas-rich country were experiencing gas shortages, there was no shortage of pomp and prosperity on display in Ashgabat on October 27. President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov was in attendance and some of the choreography – like an Akhal-Teke horse, his favorite breed, drawn out of Kalashnikovs – must have been … Continue reading »

Mexico Archaeologists Explore Teotihuacan Tunnel
Culture / Lifestyle / Mexico

Mexico Archaeologists Explore Teotihuacan Tunnel

A years long exploration of a tunnel sealed almost 2,000 years ago at the ancient city of Teotihuacan yielded thousands of relics and the discovery of three chambers that could hold more important finds, Mexican archaeologists said Wednesday. Project leader Sergio Gomez said researchers recently reached the end of the 340-foot (103-meter) tunnel after meticulously … Continue reading »

Piece of Metal Found on Pacific Island is From Amelia Earhart’s Plane
Culture / Kiribati / News / United States of America

Piece of Metal Found on Pacific Island is From Amelia Earhart’s Plane

Researchers probing the 1937 disappearance of famed American aviator Amelia Earhart’s plane said on Wednesday they now believe a slab of aluminum found decades ago on an uninhabited island in the Pacific Ocean came from her aircraft. The warped piece of metal was uncovered on a 1991 voyage to the island of Nikumaroro in the … Continue reading »

Sistine Chapel Dazzles After Technological Makeover
Art / Culture / Vatican City

Sistine Chapel Dazzles After Technological Makeover

High above the altar in the Vatican‘s Sistine Chapel, the halo around Jesus Christ’s head in Michelangelo’s famous frescoes shines with a brighter glow, thanks to a revolutionary new lighting system. Angels, Sybils and prophets in blues, pinks and golds, once lost in the gloom, are brought into sharp relief by 7,000 LED lamps designed … Continue reading »

OFIS Architects Unveil Football Stadium Arena in Borisov, Belarus
Architecture / Belarus / Culture

OFIS Architects Unveil Football Stadium Arena in Borisov, Belarus

Slovenian architecture firm OFIS Arhitekti have designed a football stadium in Borisov, Belarus, which is sure to impress. Surrounded by natural forest growth, the area boasts a rounded dome, giving off the impression of a futuristic, singular object. Seven floors and 13,000 seats provide the luxury of hosting an enormous crowd, while at the same time providing … Continue reading »