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Thursday, December 12, 2019
Let Your Kids See You Doing What You Love

Let Your Kids See You Doing What You Love

Photo: Getty Images I love me some Mo Willems, so when Mo Willems gives me parenting advice, I take Mo Willems’ parenting advice. (If you don’t know who Mo Willems is, please go check out his wonderfully quirky Pigeon book series for kids, plus Knuffle Bunny, which is an all-time fave in my house.) Willems…
An Orbit Map of the Planetary System

An Orbit Map of the Planetary System

If you want to know what a talent for scientific visualizations looks like, check out Eleanor Lutz. She’s a PhD student in biology at the University of Washington, and at her website Tabletop Whale, you can see her amazing work on full display. Her latest piece is a map showing all the orbits of over…
Research study: Leonardo da Vinci struggled with “claw hand,” not post-stroke paralysis

Research study: Leonardo da Vinci struggled with “claw hand,” not post-stroke...

Enlarge / Detail from a 16th century drawing depicting an elderly Leonardo da Vinci's damaged right hand. A new study concludes he suffered from "claw hand." Museum of Gallerie Dell’Accademia, Venice Famed artist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci suffered from a crippled right hand late in life, usually attributed to a stroke. In a new…
Swirling patterns in Starry Night match those in gassy star nurseries

Swirling patterns in Starry Night match those in gassy star nurseries

Enlarge / The bold blue and yellow swirls of Vincent van Gogh's Starry Night (1889) share turbulent properties with the molecular clouds that give birth to stars. In 2004, NASA published an image by the Hubble Space Telescope of turbulent eddies of dusty clouds moving around a supergiant star. The agency noted that this "light…
I Like Frightening Films interactive scary exhibition is art for the Instagram period

I Like Frightening Films interactive scary exhibition is art for the...

Enlarge / "Look dead. No, more dead." Ars writer in a horror playground inspired by 2017 film adaptation of Stephen King's It. Horror-movie fans are known for their love of immersive "haunts:" special exhibits of events that pay tribute to their favorite films while letting the fans in on a bit of the scary action.…
Usage Your Kid’s Art work as Greeting Cards

Usage Your Kid’s Art work as Greeting Cards

Photo: Heather Deffense / EyeEm (Getty Images) It Takes a VillageEach week, we feature a parenting hack from you, the village. Have a brilliant trick for getting your kids to brush their teeth? An inventive way to get your middle schooler to tell you about their day? Have you disrupted the diaper bag? For a…
Usage Magnetic Guide on Your Kid’s Bed room Wall

Usage Magnetic Guide on Your Kid’s Bed room Wall

Photo: Shutterstock Last week, we suggested that you turn a hidden wall of your house (in a basement or laundry room, for example) into an “art wall” to display all of your kid’s masterpieces. One commenter, known as “Ja’mie Lannister, Private School Kingslayer,” jumped in with another idea we love: Pick a wall or door…
Show Your Kid’s Art on an Ignored Wall

Show Your Kid’s Art on an Ignored Wall

Photo: Hoxton/Sam Edwards (Getty Images) Shortly after we moved into our home several years ago, my son started preschool. Suddenly, he was bringing home giant finger-paintings, holiday scenes and stick figure drawings multiple times a week. It was all so cute but there was so much artwork my refrigerator might have buckled under the weight…
This odd “paint illness” is putting Georgia O’Keeffe paintings at danger

This odd “paint illness” is putting Georgia O’Keeffe paintings at danger

Enlarge / Dale Kronkright (left), head of conservation at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, uses a handy new imaging tool to study "acne" on O'Keeffe's Ritz Tower. Northwestern University's Oliver Cossairt (right) developed the tool. The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico, houses some 140 oil paintings by the iconic American…
Basquiat utilized unnoticeable ink to make secret illustrations in his paintings

Basquiat utilized unnoticeable ink to make secret illustrations in his paintings

Enlarge / A detail from "Untitled" (1981) by Jean-Michel Basquiat, as viewed under normal light (left) and UV light (right). Note the hidden arrow between the letters "E" and "P." Jean-Michel Basquiat, the late neo-expressionist whose tragic life story inspired a 1996 film, used invisible ink to draw secret figures in at least one of…

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