19th-century art form revived to make tactile science graphics for blind people

Enlarge / 3D-printed lithophanes can help optically impaired scientists “see” data, such as from protein separation gels, with their fingertips. (credit: ordan Koone/Bryan Shaw) In the 19th century, an art form known as lithophanes was all the rage in Western Europe. These thin engravings were usually made from translucent materials like porcelain or wax. When […]

These 19th-century astronomical drawings show the beauty of cosmos

Étienne Léopold Trouvelot We live in a golden age of astrophotography, with a feast of jaw-dropping images from the farthest reaches of space crossing our news feeds on a daily basis. But sometimes it’s good to revisit the imagery of our pre-photographic past—in this case, the work of 19th-century illustrator Étienne Léopold Trouvelot. The Frenchman, […]

Strands of hair shed light on doomed 19th-century Arctic expedition

Enlarge (credit: John Wilson Carmichael) Lead poisoning may have made life difficult for the doomed men of John Franklin’s 1845 expedition, which got lost in the Arctic while in search of the Northwest Passage linking the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. But it probably didn’t contribute much to their inevitable fates. That’s the conclusion of a […]

Belgium Moves Away From 19th-Century Style Partisanship

Veteran Belgian politician Mieke Vogels of the Groen! party is a child of the rebellious 1960s. But as Flemish minister of health and well-being between 1999 and 2003, her plans for reforms, she argues, were resisted by entrenched social pillars that have for over a century split Belgian life along political affiliations. Now, 15 years […]

‘Corporations Are People’ Is Built on an Incredible 19th-Century Lie

Somewhat unintuitively, American corporations today enjoy many of the same rights as American citizens. Both, for instance, are entitled to the freedom of speech and the freedom of religion. How exactly did corporations come to be understood as “people” bestowed with the most fundamental constitutional rights? The answer can be found in a bizarre—even farcical—series […]

Tram parade in Moscow featuring 19th-century horse car attracts 200,000 visitors (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Published time: 16 Apr, 2017 04:53 Around 200,000 people have gathered in downtown Moscow to enjoy a tram show which marked 118 years since the vehicle was invented. The spectacle also involved a number of retro cars from various time periods, dressed actors, and musicians. Trams may seem to be outdated or boring vehicles but […]

Yale has decided to remove the name of a 19th-century slave owner from one of its 12 colleges

Thomson Reuters Yale University will change the name of its Calhoun College after protesters said the Ivy League school should drop the honor it gave to an alumnus who was a prominent advocate of U.S. slavery, the university said on Saturday. The college is named for John C. Calhoun, a South Carolina native who served […]