A Blast From The Past: Episode 2

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A collection of interesting and noteworthy articles that you may have missed, pulled out from Amusing Planet’s nearly 8-year old archives.

Sketches and Paintings by Richard Feynman

Richard Feynman (1918 – 1988), Nobel Laureate, teacher, icon and genius – one of the greatest minds of the twentieth century, possessed an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and adventure that drove him to pursue seemingly unrelated paths. Feynman pursued biology, percussion, Maya hieroglyphs, and lock picking - subjects totally unconnected to his primary expertise which is physics. Another one of his interest was art. …Read more


Amazing Bismuth Crystals

Bismuth (element #83 on the periodic table) forms beautifully colored and geometrically intricate hopper crystals, as it slowly cools and solidifies from its molten state. Though virtually unseen in nature, high-purity bismuth can form distinctive hopper crystals. The 'hoppered', shape of a Bismuth crystal results from a higher growth rate around its outer edges than on its inside face. …Read more

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The Arecibo Observatory

The Arecibo Observatory is a radio telescope located close to the city of Arecibo in Puerto Rico, operated by Cornell University under cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation. The observatory's 305 m (1,001 ft) radio telescope is the largest single-aperture telescope ever constructed. …Read more

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Alice in Wonderland’s Original Manuscript and Illustrations 

The original manuscript of Lewis Carroll, the pen-name of Charles Dodgson, is one of the British Library's best - loved treasures. Dodgson was fond of children and became friends with Lorina, Alice and Edith Liddell, the young daughters of the Dean of his college, Christ Church. One summer's day in 1862 he entertained them on a boat trip with a story of Alice's adventures in a magical world entered through a rabbit-hole. The ten-year-old Alice was so entranced that she begged him to write it down for her. It took him some time to write out the tale - in a tiny, neat hand - and complete the 37 illustrations. Alice finally received the 90-page book, dedicated to 'a dear child, in memory of a summer day', in November 1864. …Read more

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The Amazing Crayon Art Of Christian Faur

Christian Faur is an artist based in Granville, Ohio. Looking for a new technique, he experimented with painting with wax, but he didn't feel the results were satisfactory. Then, at Christmas in 2005, his young daughter opened a box of 120 Crayola crayons he'd bought her, and everything clicked into place. Faur decided he would create pictures out of the crayons themselves, packing thousands of them together so they become like the colored pixels on a TV screen. …Read more

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