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New research has revealed the ingredient responsible for the richness of the Old Master’s paintings

‘After Kurzweil’s book landed with a thud in the centre of our culture, it was impossible not to address its claims’

By Chris Wiley

A leading surgeon says that the loss of creative subjects in UK schools means students lack important tactile knowledge

An outward-turned left eye featured in da Vinci’s portraits suggest a disorder which helped him paint three-dimensional scenes

New research finally unlocks the mystery of the iconic painting’s surreal sky: an unusual sighting of ‘mother of pearl’ clouds

Author George Pendle on his biography of Jack Parsons, the scientist, mysticist and follower of Aleister Crowley, now dramatized on CBS

By Dan Fox

With global issues cutting across disciplines, a number of projects are showing where the mixing of art and science can prove productive

By Tom Jeffreys

Playlist - 26 Jun 2017

Lava melts an energy drink; Lyrebird mimics construction sounds; Professor David Harvey explains Karl Marx’s ‘Capital: Vol. 1’

Fact checking Trump and New York gallery roster demographics: what to read this weekend

Two recent conferences at MIT and the New Museum reveal the benefits, and pratfalls, of art and science collaborations

By Evan Moffitt
Laboratory testing at Silicon Valley biotech start up Unity Biotechnology. Courtesy: the New Yorker; photograph: Grant Cornett

From eternal music to the secret of eternal life: what to read this weekend

By Paul Clinton

A map of the Milky Way and neighbouring galaxies based on observations from the Gaia satellite

By Jennifer Higgie