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 […]
Plastered in Paris
In a nutshell, plaster is a generic designation for a protective or decorative coating. As a material it is most commonly prepared by heating gypsum then grinding it to […]
The mercury in the Willows.
or how to deal with industrial heritage sites pollution issues via phytoremediation.
Ever wondered how you could be allowed to walk freely around an old factory turned art center when […]
The perks of being a wallpaper
This picture shows a tiny part of an ensemble that hangs on the walls of a chinese boudoir in a french little castle from the XVIIIth century.
Well hanged, for […]
Of rust and men.
It’s spring again and some of us will tend to small projects around the house. Like mowing the lawn, weeding the garden, painting the blinds or the entry iron […]