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Charlotte Brontë sketch identified as self-portrait

Experts say author made drawing, sketched on her school atlas, years before writing Jane Eyre in which protagonist draws herself in similar fashion<p>A sketch of a woman’s head by Charlotte Brontë, previously thought to be of another pupil drawn while the author was at boarding school in Brussels, has …

The top 10 words invented by writers

‘Authorisms’ – neologisms coined by authors which have entered the wider language – have been enriching English for centuries. From Shakespeare to Joseph Heller, <b>Paul Dickson</b> selects his favourites<p>I have long been interested in words but most specifically in the question of how a coinage makes it …

Ellie Irving's top 10 quiet heroes and heroines

Julia Donaldson,Charles Dickens,Harper Lee,David Walliams,JK Rowling,Harry Potter,Children and teenagers,Books,Culture,Children's books: 7 and under,Children's books: 8-12 years,Teen books,Funny books (children and teens),Historical fiction (children and teens),Roald Dahl<p>Peppered throughout …

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Reimagined in Minimalist Graphics by Italian Illustrator Olimpia Zagnoli

I have an immense soft spot for artistic interpretations of literary classics, from Salvador Dalí’s art for <i>Don Quixote</i> to the finest illustrations from 150 years of <i>Alice in Wonderland</i> to the most creative takes on <i>The Hobbit</i>. Naturally, I was instantly taken with <b>Classics Reimagined: The Wonderful</b> …

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014 - in pictures

The Royal Observatory Greenwich has announced the winners of this year’s international astronomy photography competition. The observatory’s annual free exhibition, which opened on Thursday, showcases these dazzling images of the sky, ranging from within our solar system to far into deep space. …

Intelligent daylighting solution saves 20 to 70% of energy costs, with no investment

<b>The LightCatcher brings the sunlight indoors, without the heat, and claims to reduce the need for artificial lighting for about 10 hours per day,</b> …

Group offers six recommendations for eating and cancer prevention

People don't have time to wait for conclusive information about nutrition and cancer, says an advocacy group that has issued six dietary recommendations to help prevent cancer.<p>The guidance to emphasize fruits and vegetables hardly will raise an eyebrow, when even the federal government's My Plate …

Owl Wings Hold the Secrets for Noise-Canceling Tech

An owl's wing is perfectly constructed for a stealth attack. Now scientists are borrowing its design to build quieter wind turbines and airplanes.<p><b>Mechanical engineer Justin Jaworski was inspired</b>—and scared—when a great gray owl suddenly flew at his face during a visit to a bird sanctuary. The …

Pictures: Stunning Science Visualization Contest Winners

Images reveal the hidden worlds of coral reefs, fuzzy plants, and more.<p>An image is a powerful tool for understanding. Whether it's a photograph that helps us see things not apparent to the naked eye, or an illustration that presents complex information in elegant simplicity, visuals show us what …

Rare Video Shows Deep-Sea Squid Fighting Epic Battle With an Owlfish

Wildlife<p>This rare video published on January 13 shows a deep-sea squid (<i>Gonatus onyx)</i> fighting to eat what appears to be a larger owlfish (<i>Pseudobathylagus milleri</i>). The video was made with the remotely operated vehicle <i>Doc Ricketts</i>, by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI).<p>The squid, …

Surprise! 20 Percent of Neanderthal Genome Lives On in Modern Humans, Scientists Find

Two new studies suggest that the contribution from Neanderthal DNA was vital.<p>When modern humans migrated out of Africa some 60,000 years ago, they found the Eurasian continent already inhabited by brawny, big-browed Neanderthals. We know that at least some encounters between the two kinds of human …

Stunning Electric-Blue Flames Erupt From Volcanoes

Indonesia's Kawah Ijen and other craters emit rivers of light from burning sulfur.<p>For several years Paris-based photographer Olivier Grunewald has been documenting the Kawah Ijen volcano in Indonesia, where dazzling, electric-blue fire can often be seen streaming down the mountain at night.<p>"This …

Beautifully Accurate Glass Sculptures of Deadly Viruses

<b>H5N1</b><p>In 2004, artist Luke Jerram began a visually scientific sculpture series entitled <i>Glass Microbiology</i>. With help from both expert virologists and talented glassblowers, Jerram has created a collection of glass sculptures accurately depicting some of the most prevalent viruses out there, including …