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The lady vanishes: Victorian photography's hidden mothers

Babies may be insatiably photogenic, but somehow they don't really suit the whole business of photography. The flash makes them startle. They wriggle. They cry. They blink. You prop them up with cushions – and seconds later, they're upside down gnawing their own toes. They make Dr Evil …

Hear Leonardo da Vinci's 500-year-old instrument play for the first time (video)

Leonardo da Vinci invented numerous devices that he never built, including the viola organista -- a machine-like instrument that combines a harpsichord, an organ and a viola da gamba. This 500-year-old idea is now a reality, however, thanks to Polish musician Slawomir Zubrzycki. His 5,000-hour …