All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘museums’

Elon Musk Gives $1M to Nikola Tesla Museum

In 2012, popular internet comic Matthew Inman, better known as The Oatmeal, published his most-viral comic to date – an ode to Nikola Tesla, who he called “the greatest geek who ever lived.” In it, he argued that the only thing Edison ever pioneered was douchebaggery, and that Tesla was the real hero who should be championed. Shortly after, Inman …

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NASA Space Shuttle Carrier Being Reassembled in Houston

For decades the space shuttle program was the crown jewel of NASA’s space initiative. Dozens of astronauts were launched into orbit inside the reusable space shuttles, returning weeks later inside the shuttles, which were designed to glide in for a plane-like landing. After landing, the space shuttles were carried back to Kennedy Space Center on one of two specially-modified Boeing …

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The British Museum Honored With A Google Doodle On 255th Anniversary

Google is celebrating the 255th anniversary of the British Museum with a doodle on its homepage in the UK. The museum, established in 1753, opened to the public in 1759, and currently holds a collection of about 8 million objects. Here’s a 20-minute look, showing some of the stuff it has on display: The Museum announced a record number of …

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Egyptian Museum Looted Amid Political Unrest

As the Egyptian army begins to take back control of Egypt, the fallout from the country’s latest unrest is coming into focus. In addition to the lost lives and unsure political situation, the cultural heritage of Egypt is, unfortunately, another victim of the situation. UNESCO today announced that experts sent to Egypt to investigate the country’s Malawi National Museum in …

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Google Launches Online Exhibits Looking At Hiroshima, Nagasaki Bombings

Google announced on Monday that it has collaborated with the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum on a group of online exhibits for the Google Cultural Institute. This month marks the 68th anniversary of the atomic bombings in Japan. Four exhibits are from the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. These, as Google explains, “illustrate the bombing from …

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Amy Winehouse Exhibit Opens at London Jewish Museum

The Jewish Museum in London this week opened an exhibit on the life of singer Amy Winehouse, who died in 2011 from alcohol poisoning (though an eating disorder may have also contributed). The exhibit, called Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait, will feature many of Winehouse’s personal belongings, including her guitar, record collection, and wardrobe. Family pictures from Winehouse’s younger days …

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Harvard’s Semitic Museum Is Using 3D Printers To Restore An Ancient Statue

Much of our shared ancient history is told through art. Researchers study statues, carvings and other artwork to piece together the lives of these ancient peoples. Unfortunately, many of these ancient statues were lost to time, or were destroyed by those who have little appreciation for them. Now archaeologists are hoping to undo this damage with the use of everybody’s …

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Google Helps Bring More History Online

Today, Google announced that it has helped to bring 42 new historical exhibitions online as part of the Google Cultural Institute. This includes stories put together from seventeen partners including museums and cultural foundations, who have compiled letters, manuscripts, video testimonials and more from their own archives. There are projects related to Apartheid, D-Day and the Holocaust, among other things. …

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Now You Can Walk Through Museums Just By Using Google Maps

Google announced that it has added indoor maps and walking directions for 20 museums in the U.S. to Google Maps for Android on phones and tablets. “In the past, navigating through museums could be an art form in and of itself. But Google Maps for Android has got wayfinding inside your favorite museums down to a science,” says Google’s Cedric …

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Google Art Project Hopes To Add Mona Lisa, The Louvre With Next Phase

Make no mistake, Google Art Project has partnered with some amazing museums and cultural centers around the world in order to bring people greater access to some of the world’s most important and valuable works of art. Not only has Google Art Project assembled virtual galleries that users can peruse, but it also offers Street View for 51 museums that …

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Google Street View Goes Inside Museums, Wins At Technology Forever

Google Maps has demonstrated that one of the best uses for Street View has been when the feature has in fact gone off the street. The latest unique Street View offering comes by way of a collaborative effort with another Google service, Google Art Project, that has yielded a wildly fascinating Street View-style tour of 51 different museums and art-containing …

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IBM Upgrades The Louvre, Makes It Europe’s First ‘Smarter Museum’

Thanks to IBM, the Louvre received a major upgrade that will help the museum protect and preserve the countless pieces of art currently in its care. The Louvre, which is the Parisian home to some of the most famous art our world has ever produced, covers more than 650,000 square feet, making it one of the largest museums in the …

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