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Shanghai's Natural History Museum opens for business

Global architecture firm Perkins + Will recently completed work on Shanghai's Natural History Museum and it's now open for business. With more than 10,000 artifacts from around the world stretched over 4.45 hectares (11 acres) of floorspace, it's a big and ambitious project that – while calling it sustainable would be a push – does boast a significant amount of green design. Read More

Collectibles

Six "million dollar cars" sold at Bonhams' Mercedes-Benz Museum Stuttgart auction

The full glory of the Mercedes-Benz three-pointed star was on display at Bonhams' second annual classic car auction for the marque in Stuttgart on the weekend. Held at the Mercedes-Benz Museum, six individual cars sold for more than a million dollars, with the highlights being a 1931 model 770 Cabriolet D which sold for EUR€2,311,500 (US$2,516,987), a 1938 540 K Cabriolet A which sold for EUR€2,760,000 (US$3,005,357) and a fully-functioning 115-year-old Benz Ideal Vis-a-Vis Motor Carriage which fetched EUR€212,750 (US$231,663).Read More

Tornado-shaped concept tower tempts fate in Tulsa

If you see a tornado in Tulsa, Oklahoma, you'll want to find shelter pretty quickly. In a considerable display of chutzpah, local firm Kinslow, Keith & Todd (KKT) has unveiled a plan to build a novel tornado-shaped tower in its home city that includes a revolving restaurant and weather research station. Read More

Holiday Destinations

All aboard London's subterranean Mail Rail

It's now over a century (101 years, to be exact) since ground was first struck to build the London Post Office Railway, an underground tunnel system that transported the bulk of the city’s letters and parcels between sorting and delivery stations. When it opened in 1927 it was the world's first driverless, electrified railway, and operated up until 2003, when it closed due to financial reasons. There are now plans to turn it into a museum and part of the train line into a ride. Read More

Wearables

Aventicum watch comes with a tiny gold Roman emperor

It's not unusual to get a free whistle in a box of cereal, but what about a gold bust of a Roman emperor in a wristwatch? That may sound a bit out there, but upmarket Swiss watchmaker Christophe Claret's Aventicum watch not only has a Roman theme, but also a tiny engraved golden bust of Emperor Marcus Aurelius that seems to float over the center of the dial. Read More

Smithsonian Institution may be headed to London

For the first time in its 168 year history, the Smithsonian Institution may be "coming home," in a manner of speaking. Originally founded with funds from British scientist James Smithson, it has never established a longterm exhibition outside the United States. But recently unveiled plans for a new culture and arts center to be built at London’s Olympic Park site in the UK. Read More

Architecture

Designs revealed for Helsinki Guggenheim

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation's 11-member jury announced its shortlisted designs for Helsinki's proposed Guggenheim museum this morning. A veritable gaggle of Guggenheims – some 1,715 submissions – were whittled down to just six concepts from relatively lesser-known architecture firms, which were no doubt hoping to emulate the renown of the two iconic Guggenheim buildings in Bilbao and NYC, by Frank Gehry and Frank Lloyd Wright, respectively. Read More

Science

New method of conserving wood gets tested on historic ship artifacts

In 1545 Henry VIII’s flagship the Mary Rose sank suddenly under mysterious circumstances. In 1982, the rediscovered ship was raised to the surface in a remarkable feat of underwater archaeology that sparked decades of heroic preservation work. Now a team of scientists led by the University of Cambridge is working with the Mary Rose Trust conservation team to test a new way of conserving waterlogged wood in order to preserve the great ship and her cargo of history for later generations.Read More

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