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The NMR-MOUSE in Cultural Heritage

The NMR-MOUSE in Cultural Heritage

A MOUSE??! No, this is not a real living mouse that runs freely around cultural heritage sites if that’s what you have in mind. Nor is it a computer mouse to facilitate interaction between humans and computers. So what is it then? The NMR-MOUSE stands for Nuclear Magnetic Resonance – MObile Universal Surface Explorer. I …

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Palmyra – The Rebirth of an Ancient City

Palmyra – The Rebirth of an Ancient City

The ancient city of Palmyra is an excellent representation of human desire to preserve history and culture. You might be wondering why I take this optimistic view of the Palmyra ruins and all the destruction caused to this site throughout the millennia… The answer is that, after all the destruction it suffered, people always worked …

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Reaching enlightenment and protecting the Borobudur Temple

Reaching enlightenment and protecting the Borobudur Temple

Spending my holidays in Indonesia I got the chance to learn about the local culture, savor the delicious local cuisine and explore many of the cultural sites of this beautiful country. One of the sites I visited is the Borobudur Temple, a symbol of reaching enlightenment in Buddhism. The Borobudur Temple in Central Java province …

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What is the difference between a $1,000,000 and a $100 violin?

What is the difference between a $1,000,000 and a $100 violin?

The answer is not $999,900. Well, it is… but that’s only the minor difference between the $1,000,000 and $100 violins. The big question is: what causes this enormous price difference between the old master violins and the new ones? The birth of a master violin The art of creating violins originates in the 16th century …

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Watch out con artists: Science can end your art forger career

Watch out con artists: Science can end your art forger career

The most expensive Heinrich Campendonk painting was sold in 2006 for a price of $3.7 millions. The surprising element here is not the record price of this painting, but the fact that the most expensive Campendonk is not really a Campendonk. Its author is Wolfgang Beltracchi, and he could have kept on earning millions and …

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