Miffy gets a museum of her own

Feb 7, 2016

Miffy gets a museum of her own

To some people, Miffy is just a plain white bunny. To others, she is a prime example of minimalist art. But for six decades, she has been delighting young kids around the world, and now she is getting a museum of her own. After ...

Glass expert digs into secrets of historic Venetian process

Feb 5, 2016

Glass expert digs into secrets of historic Venetian process

A modern-day glassblower believes he has unraveled the mysteries of Renaissance-era Venetian glass-making, a trade whose secrets were so closely guarded that anyone who divulged them faced the prospect of death. Today’s glassblowers work with methane-fired furnaces, electric-powered kilns, good lighting and proper ventilation. ...

Mystery meat: Was woolly mammoth really on the menu?

Feb 4, 2016

Mystery meat: Was woolly mammoth really on the menu?

When members of the Explorers Club gathered for their lavish annual dinner in New York City in 1951, one account said they feasted on meat from a prehistoric woolly mammoth that had been preserved in a glacier. The banquet menu, meanwhile, said the long-extinct ...

Taiwan's 'Louvre' opens new branch in southern city

Dec 28, 2015

Taiwan's 'Louvre' opens new branch in southern city

Some of China’s most valuable historic artefacts went on display in Taiwan Monday at a new branch of one of the world’s top museums, as the island pushes its credentials as a cultural destination. The 9,000 square metre venue in the southern city of ...

Six more Roman sites open to public in Pompeii

Dec 25, 2015

Six more Roman sites open to public in Pompeii

Tourists in ancient Pompeii have freshly-restored marvels to admire, including a merchant’s luxuriously decorated home and a more modest middle-class dwelling. A business where Pompeii residents brought fabrics to be cared for and a structure with thermal bathing areas are also among the six ...

Brazil president says new Rio museum will be must-see site

Dec 18, 2015

Brazil president says new Rio museum will be must-see site

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has inaugurated a new science museum in Rio de Janeiro that she hopes will become one of the Olympic city’s must-see destinations. The $55 million Museum of Tomorrow was designed by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and is the centerpiece ...

Nov 26, 2015

Man pleads guilty to stealing human brains from Indiana medical museum

A 23-year-old Indiana man pleaded guilty Wednesday to breaking into a medical museum and stealing preserved human brains and other tissue that he then sold online, authorities said. David Charles, of Indianapolis, pleaded guilty to six charges, including receiving stolen property, and burglary in ...

France marvels at high society beauty who made Proust swoon

Nov 13, 2015

France marvels at high society beauty who made Proust swoon

She was France’s great high society beauty, who so drove Marcel Proust to distraction that he went to his grave begging for a photograph of her. The crowned heads of Europe were equally in awe of her, with many dropping in on her Parisian ...

Dutch letter trove details 17th century refugee wave

Nov 12, 2015

Dutch letter trove details 17th century refugee wave

A treasure trove of 17th century letters in the Netherlands is giving researchers a rare glimpse into the lives of ordinary people, many of them French refugees fleeing turmoil and persecution. Today’s wave of migrants escaping conflict to reach European shores is able to ...