• What poets and scientists have in common

    Is the gap between poetry and science more myth than reality? Sam Illingworth from the UK’s Manch...

    Poetry and science They haven’t always got along. The English poet John Keats (who also trained as a medical doctor)...

    Features November 18, 2021
  • Gallery: Seeing Things Differently

    Science and X-ray photography from young South Australians.

    Next week, hundreds of virtual and in-person events are going to happen across the country as part of National Scienc...

    Culture August 12, 2021
  • History

    This time last year: Science helps ensure The Scream continues

    Paint choice found to be a preservation problem.

    Originally published 18th May 2020.Some heavy-duty science has been employed to try to better understand and pres...

    Culture May 17, 2021
  • Venus figurines: Shaped for the times

    Researchers offer new theory on Venus figurines.

    The enigmatic Venus figurines, one of world's earliest known examples of art, are the subject of much conjecture....

    Anthropology December 2, 2020
  • A scientific guide to Western art

    Information theory reveals some interesting patterns.

    A unique collaboration between physicists, data scientists and art historians has provided a fresh look at 500 years ...

    Culture October 14, 2020
  • Is this a face you can rely on?

    Portrait analysis suggests rise in trustworthiness.

    Europeans have become more trustworthy over the past 500 years, and this is probably linked to an increase in living ...

    Culture September 24, 2020
  • Evocations of abstract art

    Blending art theory and cognitive science.

    Art has been an integral part of human existence since time immemorial, prompting scientists to try to understand its...

    Behaviour August 5, 2020
  • From trash to treasure

    Miniature figurine rewrites Asian art history.

    Scientists have unveiled what they say is the earliest known example of East Asian 3D art after quite literally rescu...

    Archaeology June 11, 2020
  • What do you know about art?

    Psychologists tests idea that we intuitively recognise values.

    It’s hard not to like a scientific paper that kicks off by quoting from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s seminal 1810 boo...

    Culture May 15, 2020
  • Don’t fear the craquelure

    Cracks can make wood paintings less vulnerable.

    Cracks in the paint of a great work of art may not be quite the problem they seem. In fact, if it’s a painting on woo...

    Core Sciences February 23, 2020
  • Studying wasp nests to put an age on art

    Australian rock paintings are younger than suspected.

    Scientists believe well-known pre-historic rock paintings in Western Australia are younger than previously thought af...

    Archaeology February 6, 2020
  • The world’s oldest hunting scene

    Earliest evidence of storytelling pushed back over 20,000 years.

    A prehistoric painting depicting what looks to be a hunting scene pushes back the earliest evidence of human storytel...

    Archaeology December 11, 2019
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