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Eye Candy for Today: Caravaggio’s basket of fruit

Basket of Fruit, Caravaggio (Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio) Image on Wikimedia Commons, with an article about the painting on Wikipedia. The original is in the Biblioteca Pinacoteca Academia Ambrosiana, Milan (not much in the way if info or images). This striking still life by the 16th century Italian master is in contention for being the […]

Dalai Lama presents peace award to director Bertolucci

"Bernardo Bertolucci" by Associazione Culturale Cinemazero from Pordenone, Italia - Bernardo Bertolucci 030. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.On Sunday, December 14th, the Dalai Lama presented the Peace Summit Award to Italian film director Bernardo Bertolucci. Show More Summary

Ocean Roundup: Filefish Use Chemical Scent to Camouflage, Bangladesh Oil Spill Threatening Endangered Dolphins, and More

An orange-spotted filefish (Oxymonacanthus longirostris). These fish both look and smell like coral reef habitat to hide from predators. (Photo: jaredzimmerman [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons) - Nicaragua's Pearl Cays region has seen a large increase in hawksbill sea turtle nests since 2000, from about 154 nests in 2000 to 468 in 2014. Show More Summary

Centuries-old time capsule from Sam Adams and Paul Revere unearthed in Boston

A centuries-old time capsule was discovered in Boston on Thursday. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. A 219-year-old time capsule, believed to be originally buried in 1795 by Samuel Adams and Paul Revere, was unearthed Thursday in Boston. The...Show More Summary

Whites Not Invited to #Ferguson #EricGarner Protest by Black Congressional Staff?

A Capitol Police Honor Guard salutes the coffins of Officer Jacob Chestnut and Detective John Gibson in the Capitol Rotunda as they lie in repose. Source Wikimedia Commons. The Daily Beast reports groups of Black congressional staffers are organizing a … Continue reading ?

Eye Candy for Today: William Blake Richmond’s Venus and Anchises

Venus and Anchises, William Blake Richmond On Google Art project, downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons, original is in the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. Kind of odd the way Anchises is shoved up into the corner of the background, almost as though the artist just wanted to get him out of the way so he could […]

Mark Wahlberg Wants to Be Pardoned for His Past of Violent Bigotry

?Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Eva R?inaldi ?Before he was Mark Wahlberg, he was Marky Mark—a rebellious MC with an eighth-grade education, rippling abs, and a lengthy rap sheet. And though members of contemporary pop groups like ?One...Show More Summary

Landscape with a Village on the Outskirts of Rome Mariano Barbasán

Landscape with a Village on the Outskirts of Rome, Mariano Barbasán On Google Art Project, downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons, original is in the Fundación Banco Santander, Madrid. I love the bright, sun-splashed feeling of the walls and water, and the textural, painterly quality overall.

How Science Can Tell If Your Great-Grandparents Were Strikebreakers

An 1832 engraving of Newcastle. William Miller/Wikimedia Commons Geneticist Stephen Leslie kept coming back to a handful of data points that seemed out of place on his genetic map of Britain. "It was driving me absolutely insane," he's quoted as saying in Christine Kenneally's new book, The Invisible History of the Human Race. Show More Summary

Steller Sea Lion Protections Weakened with New Fisheries Ruling

A Steller sea lion bull on Agattu Island at the western end of the Aleutian Islands. (Photo: Anne Morkill, via Wikimedia Commons) Late last month, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) issued a final rule that weakens protections for the endangered western population of Steller sea lions. read more

Ocean Roundup: Mechanisms behind Pufferfish Inflation Discovered, Critical Habitat Proposed for Ringed Seals, and More

The black saddled pufferfish (Canthigaster valentini). (Photo: Cliff / WikiMedia Commons) - New research shows that healthy coral reef systems are actually quite noisy, but are quieting down after damage from acidification, harmful fishing practices, pollution, and more. Show More Summary

A Brain Implant That Registers Trauma Could Help Prevent Rape and Violent Crime -- So Why Don't We Have It Yet?

An implant shown in adult hand -- Photo by Josabeth via Wikimedia Commons There's been a lot of talk across America about college rape culture in the last few weeks. Much major media has been highlighting the persistent and unfortunate problem. Show More Summary

Poland’s First Openly Gay Mayor Gives up Limos for Bikes

Robert Biedron, Slupsk's new cycling mayor. Via Wikimedia Commons. A newly elected mayor in Poland, Robert Biedron, has already made global headlines for being the first openly gay man to occupy the position. As the mayor of the Polish town of Slupsk, Biedron has access to three limousines, which are available to ferry him about the city. Show More Summary

Ocean Roundup: Nearly 1,000 Sea Turtles Strand off Cape Cod, Suez Canal Expansion Poses Environmental Risks, and More

A nesting Kemp’s ridley sea turtles. Nearly 1,000 sea turtles, most of them Kemp’s ridleys, stranded off Cape Cod over the past month. (Photo: National Park Service [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons) - Scientists are sounding the...Show More Summary

How I Became a Christian

By Paul M. Walsh [CC-BY-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons If you are an atheist, I'd say the odds are fairly good that you have uttered something close to the following words on at least one occasion:How...Show More Summary

Worth a Thousand Words: Wild Turkeys

A flock of wild tom turkeysBy U.S. Department of Agriculture (20111117-APHIS-DB-0005), via Wikimedia Commons These fellows are safe from me. We're strictly consumers of domesticated turkeys. But I like seeing them in the wild.

Eye Candy for Today: Gussow’s Old Man’s Treasure

Old Man’s Treasure (Das Katzchen), Karl Gussow On Google Art Project, downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons, original is in the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. Awwwwww… Gussow was criticized at times for being sentimental. Well, yes, but… look at that wonderfull brushwork, the controlled color, nuanced values and wonderful attention to texture and detail — right […]

Under the Gun

Police sharpshooter in Ferguson, with his gun aimed in the direction of protestors. By Jamelle Bouie via Wikimedia Commons Through the narrative that Michael Brown and his ilk—my ilk—deserve to die, even if there’s only a perceptionShow More Summary

Young, British, and Living With HIV

[body_image width='700' height='465' path='images/content-images/2014/11/23/' crop='images/content-images-crops/2014/11/23/' filename='young-and-living-with-hiv-body-image-1416754800.jpg' id='6053'] Image ?via Wikimedia Commons This post originally appeared in VICE UK? "I remember not getting out of bed other than to use the loo. Show More Summary

Female Monks Challenge Buddhism’s Misogynistic Tendencies 

Dhammananda. Picture by Gakuro via Wikimedia commons Many in the Thai state, clergy, and mainstream population are in a tizzy over one woman named Dhammananda. As a Bhikkuni, a Theravada Buddhist nun, she’s raised hackles for much of the past decade by attempting to reestablish the Bhikkuni lineage in Thailand. Show More Summary

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