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MIT exploited heat to make the most efficient solar cell yet

Sorry, University of New South Wales: Your efforts at shattering the efficiency record for solar cells earlier this month have been, ahem, <i>eclipsed</i>. A group of researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a way to possibly break the maximum efficiency of a solar cell, the …

A new lab in London examines our relationship with technology

Most of us will admit we need a digital detox, but our fast-moving lives don't always allow for that. We still need to answer calls and respond to …

The Brain

My Grandfather's War: Recovering the Art the Nazis Stole

Before WWII, Paul Rosenberg was one of Paris’s major art collectors. But after the Nazis invaded, his gallery was occupied and his collection stolen …

Art for the Reich's Sake: When Nazis Celebrated 'Aryan' Culture

Adolf Hitler (Joseph Goebbels at far left) at Munich's Haus der Kunst, or House of Art, for the 1939 "Day of German Art.<p>... VIEW MORE<p>Hugo Jaeger—The …

Heirs of Jewish art dealers sue Germany over art haul sold in Nazi era

The heirs call for the return of the so-called Welfenschatz, or Guelph Treasure - which they claim their ancestors sold under Nazi pressure<p>The heirs of Nazi-era Jewish art dealers said they filed a lawsuit in the <b>US</b> suing <b>Germany</b> and a German museum for the return of a medieval treasure trove worth …

Expert: stolen Nazi art find 'astounding'

Work has begun tracking the rightful owners of a haul of art worth hundreds of millions of pounds after it was found in a German flat<p>A haul of art stolen by the Nazi's found in Munich is the "creme de la creme", according to Christopher Marinello, a recovery specialist with <b>Art Recovery</b> …

Art

The Fabulous Art Trove Saved From the Nazis—And Hidden From You

Some 400 masterpieces by Matisse, Picasso, Cocteau, Chagall and others were rescued from Nazi-occupied France only to be locked up in Belgrade …

Fine Art

Why Aren’t American Museums Doing more to Return Nazi-Looted Art?

<i>This post is in partnership with the History News Network, the website that puts the news into historical perspective. The article below was</i> …

Dutch art sleuth helps German police track down Nazi art

A Dutch art sleuth best known for identifying works looted from Jewish owners by the Nazis said he helped German police recover two massive bronze horse sculptures crafted for Adolf Hitler, as more details emerged Friday about an amazing trove of Nazi-era art seized by authorities this week.<p>Arthur …

US museums increasingly avoid returning Nazi-looted art, report says

U.S. museums are increasingly dodging the restitution of Nazi-looted artwork by using legal maneuvers to avoid resolving the cases on their merits, according to a report by the World Jewish Restitution Organization (WJRO) released Thursday.<p>The report said the tactic has grown in recent …

Museums

Why two American museums are fighting to keep art stolen by the Nazis

Two American museums, having acquired valuable artworks once taken by the Nazis, are now battling in court against the descendants of the victimized Jewish collectors to protect their multimillion-dollar assets.<p>And the approach is part of a strategy increasingly used by museums, according to a new …

Museums

Art Theft: The Last Unsolved Nazi Crime

As Germany unearths troves of artwork seized by the Nazis during World War II, murky restitution laws make it difficult to repay an egregious debt to art collectors' families.<p>Earlier this month, a spectacular cache of more than 1,400 artworks surfaced in Germany—works that had been unknown to the …

The 'Sherlock Holmes' of the art world hunts down art looted by the Nazis

The return of "Seated Woman" by Henri Matisse to the Rosenberg family was his work.<p>So was the restoration of "A Portrait of a Gentleman", by 16th-century artist El Greco, to the descendents of Jewish banker and art collector Julius Priester.<p>Two years after founding Art Recovery Group, a private …

Nazi-looted-art case against Norton Simon Museum set for 2016 trial

It's becoming more likely that a jury will decide whether the Norton Simon Museum's "Adam" and "Eve" can stay where they are despite having been looted by the Nazis during World War II.<p>U.S. District Judge John Walter has tentatively set March 29, 2016, as the opening day for a trial in a case …

Art

Hallucinatory Portraits Show How Computers See Our Faces

Ever wonder what happens when facial recognition gets a little too zealous?<p>Teaching computers how to interpret visual data is going to be essential to the development of things like self-driving cars and mood-sensing technologies? Humans assess the world around us mainly through vision, and …

In pictures: The 2015 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest - Telegraph

Costa Rica

How Oculus Could Extend Into The Real World, Thanks To Surreal Vision

While Oculus has created immersive virtual 3D worlds inside the Rift headset, there isn’t much it can do with the actual world around the headset. However, that might change soon, as the Facebook-owned company announced the acquisition of computer vision startup Surreal Vision on Tuesday.<p>The deal …

When Will Self-Driving Trucks Destroy America?

A Medium article on driverless trucks went viral in my Facebook and Twitter feeds last week. It seemed as if everyone I knew was suddenly deeply …

Unbreakable: A Robot That Can't Be Stopped

New research shows that artificial intelligence can use trial and error to finish a job even when a robot's body is damaged.<p>It almost looks like a wounded animal.<p>There’s that little hop in its gait, the way it looks tentative as it springs forward from its haunches, the not-exactly-straight …

Max Zorn Crafts Brilliant Scenes From Packing Tape

Most street artists accept that when night falls, their artwork will be obscured by darkness. But most street artists aren't Max Zorn.<p>Most street …

Record $58M haul of antiquities looted by ‘tomb raiders’ recovered

ROME — Authorities on Wednesday unveiled what they said was a record haul of rare antiquities illegally looted from Italy and discovered during raids …

7 Rock Album Covers Designed by Iconic Artists: Warhol, Rauschenberg, Dalí, Richter, Mapplethorpe & More

The art of the album cover is ground we cover here often enough, from the jazz deco creations of album art inventor Alex Steinweiss to the bawdy …

Robert Mapplethorpe

PMS Color Chart

Baidu Leads in Artificial Intelligence Benchmark

Baidu Inc. says it has posted the world’s best results on a closely watched artificial intelligence benchmark. It had a secret weapon, according to researchers at the Chinese search giant: Minwa.<p>The company’s Minwa supercomputer scanned ImageNet, a database of just over one million pictures, and …

Artificial Intelligence

Famous Furniture Designs Star In These Noir-Inspired Movie Posters

If you care about the Charles and Ray Eameses of the world more than the Brangelinas, Barcelona-based illustrator Federico Babina‘s latest movie poster series caters to your design snobbery.<p>To explore how design creates atmosphere and mood in interior spaces, Babina has imagined 28 legendary …

Beautiful Light-Catching Sculptures by Jaume Plensa in 400-Year-Old Church of San Giorgio Maggiore

In Venice's 400-year-old Church of San Giorgio Maggiore, Spanish artist Jaume Plensa has debuted a marvelous exhibition of his latest work. When visitors enter the magnificent basilica, they are greeted by two of Plensa's large-scale sculptural installations, which are part of his “Together” …

Art

Robotic kitchen will be your own personal chef

A robotic kitchen stocked with a database of 2,000 recipes becomes a high-tech personal chef.<p>Experimenting with different flavours and techniques to produce something delicious can be as satisfying as sitting down and eating it -- but if you don't have the time to cook every night, it can quickly …

Robotics

From MIT: This Shiny Nail Art Is Actually A Tiny Bluetooth Trackpad

Inspired by the decorative nail stickers popular in Asian countries, the NailO allows you to control your devices without touching them.<p>Ever try to cook while using your laptop or your iPad to read a recipe, watch a movie, or Skype? You’re probably still cleaning eggy fingerprints from the …

Tiko Could Be a $179 3D Printer For Everyone

$179. For the same amount one can buy a Moto 360 smartwatch, a budget smartphone, or an expensive clickety-clack mechanical keyboard. <i>Or</i> you could dip …