The Bigger Picture: Visual Archives and the Smithsonian
Link Love: 8/27/2010
by Catherine Shteynberg on August 27, 2010
- Scientists have discovered the secret behind Mona Lisa’s beguiling smile by using x-ray technology [via More Intelligent Life].
- And while we're at it, scientists use UV light to reveal how awesomely gaudy the colors of Greek statuary originally appeared [via C-MONSTER.net].
- Have you ever been in an exhibit (or reading the newspaper, or a book . . .) and wondered what was happening across the world at a given date in history? The British Museum tackles that question with a series of interactive world timelines [via Scout Report].
- Hey mobile phone users: the Chandra X-Ray Observatory run by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory needs your help! Take their "Aesthetics and Astronomy" mobile survey, which aims to understand and improve how best they can best present their gorgeous astronomical imagery to the public.
- Just how many books has Google Books really digitized? Well, it depends on how you define “book”. Read more about the challenges of definitions and metadata on the Official Google Books blog.
- Check out this Smithsonian Magazine video, which details the continuing archival and art preservation work the Smithsonian is involved with in earthquake-devastated Haiti:
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