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Main Threats to Natural World Heritage

Main Threats to Natural World Heritage

Can you believe that the main threats to natural world heritage are caused by human activity? It’s true! The human species poses many threats to natural heritage through the different activities we carry out. Some to these threats include climate change, invasive alien species, building of infrastructure, negative impacts of tourism, and plastic pollution. What …

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How to Identify Fake Paintings

How to Identify Fake Paintings

Think about the last time you walked through a museum. So many beautiful works of art to admire! But have you ever wondered if those artworks are actually authentic? Were they really done by the famous artists to whom they were attributed? Or are they modern-day forgeries? Let’s see if there’s a way to tell …

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Principles of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR)

Principles of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR)

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance! You’re more familiar with this term than you may think. You’ve probably heard of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or MRI. This is the technique used in hospitals to acquire images inside the human body. MRI is based on the principles of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR). The NMR magnet This is the most common …

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X-Ray Fluorescence for the Elemental Analysis of Artwork

X-Ray Fluorescence for the Elemental Analysis of Artwork

Imagine you’re Indiana Jones, and in one of your archaeological adventures, you find a mysterious object. You can learn about the composition of that object by using an elemental analysis method called X-ray fluorescence, or XRF. The advantage of XRF spectroscopy is that it can reveal the elemental composition in a non-invasive way. This way, we …

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The building blocks of tangible heritage

The building blocks of tangible heritage

Tangible heritage is an essential aspect of our world’s cultural heritage. It consists of physical items varying from small artifacts to large buildings and archaeological sites. But what are these heritage objects, such as, Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, for example, made of? Atoms, molecules, and crystals! The atom and the atomic structure The atom …

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What is cultural heritage and how can science protect it?

What is cultural heritage and how can science protect it?

What is cultural heritage? What do you think of when the word “heritage” comes to mind? Cultural heritage is the legacy we have received from past generations. It’s a collection of sites, objects and traditions that bring together the history, art and values of different cultures. It consists of tangible heritage, intangible heritage and natural …

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How books improve our lives

How books improve our lives

Ever since I can remember, I’ve always loved books. I still remember the first time I visited our school library. I had just started reading and I went there to borrow books to read. Entering that magical place felt like entering a new universe. I was mesmerized by the feeling of being there in the …

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