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Emperor Nero's_ rotating dining room

Emperor Nero’s fabled rotating dining room is finally unearthed

Emperor Nero who ruled from 54 to 68 AD, was believed to have a myriad of personality idiosyncrasies, ranging from occasions of disturbing sadism to bouts of ludicrous delusions. After all, many Romans held him responsible for the Great Fire of Rome, while evidences are also found pertaining to early Christians being burned in his…


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Gerry Judah’s mammoth Mercedes automotive installation flaunts its finesse

Almost looking like the great Gateway Arch with zooming automobiles on its grand curve - this incredible sculptural/architectural masterpiece is the handiwork of artist Gerry Judah. The imposing installation was unveiled at the Goodwood Festival of Speed (FOS), a three-day festival that is held every year in the estate of the historical Goodwood House in…



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LadyBird – An autonomous, solar powered ‘robotic farmer’?!

It is not often that sylvan agriculture and scientific robots are mentioned in the very same sentence. Well, some resourceful researchers at the University of Sydney have made a rare achievement that allows this literary antithesis - by virtue of the so-named LadyBird, a solar powered robotic mechanism that can aid in the process of growing…



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Matthew Simmonds’s marble works deftly replicate historical monuments

In spite of marble's seemingly hard credentials, the metamorphic rock was/is the favorite of sculptors around the world because of its working 'softness'. The very nature of marble makes it easier to carve, while its homogeneity endows the much needed uniformity to the resultant sculpture. Britisher Matthew Simmonds must know this better than many people,…


Parthenon

8 fascinating facts about the Parthenon, the ‘cultural icon’ from Ancient Greece

Dedicated to goddess Athena Parthenos - the Greek goddess of wisdom, courage and warfare; the imposing Parthenon in every sense is the symbolic manifestation of the apical power of Athens. A huge constructional undertaking by any standard, the grandiose temple was roughly completed in 438 BC. And after more than 2,450 years, the imposing monument…


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Top 10 video games with the most extravagant budgets

Gaming is serious business, and by serious we mean $65 billion serious. This astronomical figure will be further inflated if we added the estimated $6 billion PC gaming market from emerging economies such as China. In consideration of the colossal sums at play here - it begs to be questioned, have video game budgets finally…


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The 10 oldest continuously inhabited cities in Eurasia

History has been witness to both - great settlements that have fallen due to the slightest of chances and magnificent urban centers that have emerged against all odds. In spite of such seemingly capricious endeavors, there are some extraordinary precedents of cities around the world that have seemingly stood the proverbial test of time. (more…)


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Emperor Nero’s fabled rotating dining room is finally unearthed

Emperor Nero's_ rotating dining room

Emperor Nero who ruled from 54 to 68 AD, was believed to have a myriad of personality idiosyncrasies, ranging from occasions of disturbing sadism to bouts of ludicrous delusions. After all, many Romans held him responsible for the Great Fire of Rome, while evidences are also found pertaining to early Christians being burned in his garden for just providing illumination. But this time around, archaeologists have possibly discovered something which relates to advanced art rather than disconcerting imagery – they have stumbled across Nero’s long lost rotating dining room.

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Gerry Judah’s mammoth Mercedes automotive installation flaunts its finesse

Gerry Judah_ automotive_installation_Mercedes_FOS

Almost looking like the great Gateway Arch with zooming automobiles on its grand curve – this incredible sculptural/architectural masterpiece is the handiwork of artist Gerry Judah. The imposing installation was unveiled at the Goodwood Festival of Speed (FOS), a three-day festival that is held every year in the estate of the historical Goodwood House in West Sussex, England. And, the inspiring part is – the Kolkata-born Judah had been crafting his humongous Motorsport-inspired monuments for the last eighteen years in every FOS event.

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Craig Alan’s gargantuan portraits are actually patterns formed by real people

Craig Alan_aerial_ portraits

Yet another portrait project for those hyped up celebrities? No, sirree! These are no ordinary portraits – on closer inspection, you can make out the throng of actual people who make up the visages of the famous personalities!

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LadyBird – An autonomous, solar powered ‘robotic farmer’?!

LadyBird_robotic_farmer

It is not often that sylvan agriculture and scientific robots are mentioned in the very same sentence. Well, some resourceful researchers at the University of Sydney have made a rare achievement that allows this literary antithesis – by virtue of the so-named LadyBird, a solar powered robotic mechanism that can aid in the process of growing crops.

(more…)

Foie-ck A Duck: A ‘controversial’ burger that might just be banned in many nations

Foie-ck A Duck

The description of the above pictured Foie-ck A Duck makes for a pretty ‘succulent’ read – a sous vide duck breast specially encrusted in a tad layer of peppercorns, delectably drenched in foie gras cognac cream sauce, and accompanied by a sliced piece of fresh summer truffle. And, chances are you will never be able to taste the dream even if you can afford the delicacy! Why so? For a pretty simple reason – foie gras or ‘fat liver’ of a duck is banned in many countries around the world.

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Matthew Simmonds’s marble works deftly replicate historical monuments

Matthew Simmonds_marble_miniature_monuments

In spite of marble’s seemingly hard credentials, the metamorphic rock was/is the favorite of sculptors around the world because of its working ‘softness’. The very nature of marble makes it easier to carve, while its homogeneity endows the much needed uniformity to the resultant sculpture. Britisher Matthew Simmonds must know this better than many people, as is evident from his gorgeously crafted specimens of miniature historic monuments.

(more…)

8 fascinating facts about the Parthenon, the ‘cultural icon’ from Ancient Greece

Parthenon

Dedicated to goddess Athena Parthenos – the Greek goddess of wisdom, courage and warfare; the imposing Parthenon in every sense is the symbolic manifestation of the apical power of Athens. A huge constructional undertaking by any standard, the grandiose temple was roughly completed in 438 BC. And after more than 2,450 years, the imposing monument has proudly stood the test of time – as the enduring bastion of a bygone era of Classical architecture, Ancient Greece and even historical democracy.

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Top 10 video games with the most extravagant budgets

expensive_video_games

Gaming is serious business, and by serious we mean $65 billion serious. This astronomical figure will be further inflated if we added the estimated $6 billion PC gaming market from emerging economies such as China. In consideration of the colossal sums at play here – it begs to be questioned, have video game budgets finally crossed the threshold of typical Hollywood movie funds?

(more…)

The 10 oldest continuously inhabited cities in Eurasia

Oldest_continously_inhabited_cities

History has been witness to both – great settlements that have fallen due to the slightest of chances and magnificent urban centers that have emerged against all odds. In spite of such seemingly capricious endeavors, there are some extraordinary precedents of cities around the world that have seemingly stood the proverbial test of time. (more…)