Butterflies in the stomach
Every famous explorer worth his or her salt brought back natural specimens from their journeys. This practice historically created most of the modern natural history museums, enriching their collections […]
Cinnabar is a natural compound containing mercury(II) sulfide. Processing cinnabar results in a fine, brilliant, deep red powder : it has been used ever since the antiquity as « Vermilion » to […]
A spark in Time: Anaximander (610-546 BCE)
Anaximander is, according to Themistius, the first pre-socratic philosopher to write about nature in De Natura, where he speculates about the universe around him and its construction. He also […]
Acanthus mollis, ornamental design by democratic election.
Acanthus mollis luscious leaves are among the most popular ornamental designs in western art since antiquity.
One of the first documented occurrences of stylized acanthus leaves are to be found […]
How to beachcomb like you mean it.
Who has ever picked up a shell from the beach and marveled at this discovery ?
Then comes the question : who’s the little guy ?
If you have no conchologist at hand, the […]