3. Use that information to track every type of atom (and pigment type) in the canvas (e.g. mercury or lead, common ingredients in paint in Van Gogh’s time). And…
4. Presto! You can reveal older works that have been painted over. (In this case, the portrait of a woman that looks like a rough sketch for the artist’s (more) famous Potato Eaters painting.)
US readers might be excited to know that Dublin is in a constant state of transcendental magnificence.
Except at dawn.
At dawn its beauty is even more other-worldly.
There may be no native honey on UK store shelves this holiday season if scientists don’t find a solution to the effects of the varroa mite (see yesterday’s post).
The pollinating services of bees are estimated to be worth £165million a year to the UK economy. Stuart Bailey, director of the Honey Association, said: “There will be no English honey on the shelves of supermarkets at Christmas though there will be some from abroad. Consumers will not get English honey unless they buy it from local bee keepers but they too will sell out quite quickly.
Meanwhile, in Scotland, the crisis surrounding bee populations has inspired the creation of a special bee-friendly garden in the University of Stirling, the BBC reports. The Bumblebee Conservation Trust is also involved in the project:
Welcome to Bee Watch, a series of updates on Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) –the name given to the sudden and dramatic decline in bee populations since the mid-noughties.
Why does CCD matter?
If the bees go, we go. Bees pollinate about a third of the food we eat, but more than that: they also sting bad people and scare the pants off small children. CCD is preventing large numbers of bees from performing these tasks efficiently.
Bee Watch will bring you the latest research news on CCD and related bee-news.
Researchers in the University of Warwick, England, are investigating ways of killing the varroa mite –the small parasite believed to be a factor in CCD– using a natural fungus and some novel dispersion methods, including fungal foot baths for bees, the idea being that when bees enter the hive, their legs will pick up (and distribute) the fungus that kills the little parasite.