What makes an iconic work of art?

As a new exhibition opens in Helsinki, Cath Pound explores our complicated relationship with masterpieces. The reason works of art become iconic are many and varied, from the vagaries of taste to museum acquisition policies and competition between collectors. For centuries, artists were obliged to learn by copying work from an established canon and, although […]

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Feature: Islamabad hiking trails

By Mehwish Azam Islamabad: Amid all the disarray caused by novel coronavirus (Covid-19), capital hiking trails of Margala Hills National Park are providing a therapeutic activity to the residents of Islamabad who have been confined to their homes for several weeks due to lockdown. Soon after the Islamabad administration decided to reopen hiking trails with […]

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China to further enhance IPR assistance

Beijing: Chinese authorities have decided to further beef up intellectual property rights (IPR) assistance, with focuses on the assistance to small firms and companies in exhibition and e-commerce sectors. More will be done to help micro, small and medium-sized enterprises to safeguard their legal rights, and IPR assistance will also go to exhibition, e-commerce and […]

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NASA’s STEREO maps much larger solar atmosphere than previously observed

Surrounding the sun is a vast atmosphere of solar particles, through which magnetic fields swarm, solar flares erupt, and gigantic columns of material rise, fall and jostle each other around. Now, using NASA’s Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory, scientists have found that this atmosphere, called the corona, is even larger than thought, extending out some 5 […]

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HKSAR national security law to ensure Hong Kong’s steady development

China’s top legislature reviewed a draft law on safeguarding national security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) of the People’s Republic of China, during the legislative session. This is a crucial step in establishing and improving the legal system and enforcement mechanisms for the HKSAR to safeguard national security. The legislation fully embodies […]

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Milky Way ransacks nearby dwarf galaxies

Astronomers using the National Science Foundation’s Green Bank Telescope (GBT) in West Virginia, along with data from other large radio telescopes, have discovered that our nearest galactic neighbors, the dwarf spheroidal galaxies, are devoid of star-forming gas, and that our Milky Way Galaxy is to blame. These new radio observations, which are the highest sensitivity […]

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Brain simulation raises questions

What does it mean to simulate the human brain? Why is it important to do so? And is it even possible to simulate the brain separately from the body it exists in? These questions are discussed in a new paper published in the scientific journal Neuron. Simulating the brain means modeling it on a computer. […]

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China-Developed Wing Loong UAV Capable Of Serving Emergency Communication

Beijing: The universal platform of the China-developed Wing Loong-1 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) has been tested fit for facilitating space-air-ground emergency communication, according to its developer. The Wing Loong-1 universal platform has successfully passed a series of tests in an airfield in northwest China, said the state-owned plane maker Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC). […]

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