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“Interwoven Globe: The Worldwide Textile Trade, 1500–1800” closes tomorrow. This exhibition highlights an important design story that has never before been told from a truly global perspective. View all 134 objects in the exhibition on our website: http://met.org/1i5fCgf

Between 1936 and 1939, Balthus painted ten pictures of his young neighbor, Thérèse Blanchard, seven of which are on view in “Balthus: Cats and Girls.” Don’t miss this exhibition, closing January 12. http://met.org/1dpPIOD Balthus (Balthasar Klossowski) (French, 1908–2001) | Thérèse | 1938 | © Balthus

It's freezing out there! In fact, this cold snap is making it colder than the surface of Mars. Read more from Smithsonian Magazine: http://s.si.edu/1lKtMkg (Image by Flickr User Tyseen)

You better be-weave it, 2014 is the year of #tapestrytuesday at the Met! What is #tapestrytuesday, you say? Find out in this blog post: http://met.org/1koIEJJ Design attributed to Giovanni Battista Lodi da Cremona (Italian, active 1540–52) | The Bridal Chamber of Herse, from a set of eight tapestries depicting the Story of Mercury and Herse (detail) | ca. 1550

Admire the unique design, quality of stones, and remarkable craftsmanship of more than 400 works by one of the most acclaimed jewelry designers of the twentieth century, Joel A. Rosenthal, in “Jewels by JAR.” This exhibition is the first devoted to a contemporary artist of gems at the Met. http://met.org/KAXehv JAR | Geranium Brooch | 2007 | Private collection

The Covert World of Fish Biofluorescence

Win an art-lover's dream trip to Berlin | Tate

Tate Modern presents a major retrospective of one of twentieth-century art’s greats, Paul Klee. As part of our partnership with <i>Time Out</i> for this …

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of @nasa Mars Rover mission, @airandspacemuseum has opened an exhibition on rover-captured photographs from the Red Planet. Pictured: These loose, BB-sized, hematite-rich spherules are embedded in this Martian rock like blueberries in a muffin and released over time by erosion. The Mars Rover Opportunity found this cluster of them at its Eagle Crater landing site and analyzed their composition with its spectrometers. Hypotheses about their formation have contributed to the story of water on Mars. See this photo and others in the “Spirit & Opportunity: 10 Years Roving Across Mars” on view through Sept. 14, 2014

Featured Artwork of the Day: Fagbite Asamu (?) | Headdress (Gelede) | ca. 1930–71 | Republic of Benin, Idahin http://met.org/1gZOC1v

‘Sketch for ‘Hadleigh Castle’’, John Constable, c.1828-9 | Tate

Constable made full-size sketches like this for many of his six-foot paintings. They allowed him to explore his ideas before committing them to the …

This is the final weekend to see “Balthus: Cats and Girls,” closing Sunday. Don’t miss the first exhibition of the artist’s works in the United States in thirty years. Read an interview with the exhibition’s curator, Sabine Rewald, about her fascination with Balthus: http://met.org/1difg48 Balthus (Balthasar Klossowski) (French, 1908–2001) | The Cat of La Méditerranée | 1949 | Private collection | © Balthus

Video: Clever Spider Uses Its Web Like a Slingshot to Capture Insects

TAMBOPATA, Peru – A tiny spider in the Peruvian Amazon catches prey in a most marvelous way. From a spot near the center of its web, the spider …

Few pieces of furniture have revealed more about leisure pursuits, popular taste, and changing social customs than the dressing table, or vanity. “Metropolitan Vanities” explores the evolution of the modern dressing table. http://met.org/KJ8yIA Armand-Albert Rateau (French, 1882–1938) | Dressing Table | ca. 1925

The lush green hue of this Chinese court robe was created using peacock feathers. This robe, which has not been displayed for more than fifty years, is now on view in “Power and Prestige: Chinese Dragon Robes, 18th–21st Century.” http://met.org/1a6Q65F Festival robe | Qing dynasty (1644–1911)| 18th century

Behind the scenes at Tate Etc. magazine | Tate

This January, Tate Etc. magazine turns ten years old and we’ve just finished work on our 30th issue. To prepare for this edition, we visited Richard …

Happy birthday to John Singer Sargent, born on this day in 1856. One of the most acclaimed American artists of his generation, Sargent had achieved international recognition as a painter of society portraits by the mid-1880s. Learn more and view a slideshow of works: http://met.org/1d7q2sd John Singer Sargent (American, 1856–1925) | The Wyndham Sisters: Lady Elcho, Mrs. Adeane, and Mrs. Tennant | 1899

Invasive ladybugs: Secrets of their success

The harlequin ladybug gets a leg up on the natives with the aid of a parasitic fungus.<p>Not everyone has what it takes to be a successful invader. Most …

FYI: Can A Bionic Eye See As Well As A Human Eye?

It's the difference between a grainy black-and-white film and HD.<p>Previously blind patients who receive the recently FDA-approved Argus II bionic eye system will regain some degree of functional sight. The retinal implant technology, developed and distributed by Second Sight, can improve quality of …

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Who invented clothes? A Palaeolithic archaeologist answers

"Who invented clothes?" It's one of those brilliant questions that children ask, before they learn that the big things we wonder about rarely have …

Giant Carnivorous Plant Found In Silicon Valley

The precise method by which Yahoo! digests and dissolves its prey.<p>Yahoo! is a carnivorous plant whose prey-trapping mechanism features a deep cavity filled with liquid, known as a pitfall trap.<p>Startups, such as Flickr, Tumblr, and Del.icio.us, are attracted to the cavity formed by the cupped leaf, …

Opening doors to foldable electronics

Researchers develop method to print highly conductive, bendable layers of graphene.<p>Imagine a bendable tablet computer or an electronic newspaper that …

Compressing air for renewable energy storage

Study identifies two compressed air energy storage methods and sites for the Northwest.<p>Enough Northwest wind energy to power about 85,000 homes each …

Number Of Published Cancer Studies That Can't Be Reproduced Is Shockingly High

Half of cancer scientists have failed to reproduce the findings of other researchers, according to an anonymous survey.<p>In an anonymous survey taken by scientists at a prestigious cancer center, more than half of the respondents said they'd failed to reproduce published scientific findings at least …

APOD: The Red Rectangle Nebula from Hubble (2013 May 21) Image Credit: ESA, Hubble, NASA; Reprocessing: Steven Marx, Hubble Legacy Archive http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130521.html Explanation: How was the unusual Red Rectangle nebula created? At the nebula's center is an aging binary star system that surely powers the nebula but does not, as yet, explain its colors. The unusual shape of the Red Rectangle is likely due to a thick dust torus which pinches the otherwise spherical outflow into tip-touching cone shapes. Because we view the torus edge-on, the boundary edges of the cone shapes seem to form an X. The distinct rungs suggest the outflow occurs in fits and starts. The unusual colors of the nebula are less well understood, however, and speculation holds that they are partly provided by hydrocarbon molecules that may actually be building blocks for organic life. The Red Rectangle nebula lies about 2,300 light years away towards the constellation of the Unicorn (Monoceros). The nebula is shown above in great detail as recently reprocessed image from Hubble Space Telescope. In a few million years, as one of the central stars becomes further depleted of nuclear fuel, the Red Rectangle nebula will likely bloom into a planetary nebula. http://www.astrobin.com/users/StevenMx/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130521 Starship Asterisk* • On This Day in APOD http://asterisk.apod.com/view_retro.php?date=0521

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