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Birdbrains

The American Crow is a corvid, which is a family of birds that includes crows, ravens, magpies, and jays. Corvids are the most intelligent birds studied. We have all seen videos of a crow’s ability to problem solve and make and use a tool. They also establish a social hierarchy within their family, they protect… Read More

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What Luck!

In 2017, a Watertown, Connecticut barn was deemed abandoned. The impending sale of the estate required that the contents of the barn be liquidated. A contractor was hired, a dumpster was brought in and the barn was to be emptied. Contractor, George Martin was tasked with clearing out the items, some of which were canvases… Read More

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“A Plant, an Animal, and a Microbe…

…all mixed into one” is how David Vaughn describes the biology of a coral. David Vaughn has spent his career as an aquaculture scientist developing industrial production techniques for growing oysters, shrimp, and fish. It is in the past 15 years of his career where he has turned his industrial production knowledge to coral production… Read More

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The Endurance has Endured

Last October I wrote a TD blog post about photographer Frank Hurley’s images from Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-Antarctic expedition from 1914-1917. Frank Hurley was hired by Shackleton to document his Antarctic expedition on the Endurance. The story of the Endurance and its crew is harrowing and is one of the greatest survival stories of… Read More

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Take a Moment to Laugh

Ask anyone and they’ll agree that laughter is infectious and makes us feel good. The past 20 months have been challenging in so many ways and collectively we seem to be loosing our ability to “roll with it.” When we laugh, our brains release neurotransmitters called endorphins – natural, feel-good chemicals that promote a general… Read More

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Art Meets Humanitarianism

“He tries to give a voice to what’s been silent,” is a quote taken from the trailer for the soon to be released documentary featuring French photographer and street artist JR. “Paper & Glue,” a MSNBC Films production chronicles years of JR’s photography and installations, which increasingly focus on humanitarian issues. In JR’s own words… Read More

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Enhancing History

For the past 16 years Stuart Humphryes (on-line persona BabelColour) has been a notable colourisation artist. What is that exactly? Humphryes is known for his restoration of early color photographs and film. This is not colorizing, the addition of color to black-and-white images (still or moving), Humphryes restores and enhances aged color images. Recently Stuart… Read More

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When Your “Calling” Calls

What is your calling? There are millions of occupations out there. Some professions are well-known such as banking, medicine, or teaching. But there are hundreds of careers that are unique and, outside of their milieu, their contributions go completely unnoticed. James Niehues fits the latter. As a painter, he is definitely not the only landscape… Read More

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Simple Elegance Over Time

In 1961 the film “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” opens with Audrey Hepburn, as Holly Golightly, wearing a black party dress. This scene may have solidified the little black dress (LBD) as a symbol of true fashion elegance. Truthfully, the original LBD is attributed to Coco Chanel, who’s drawing of a knee-length black dress was published in… Read More