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Gettysburg: The Great Reunion of 1913

From June 29 to July 6, 1913, the Union and Confederate flags flew side by side when more than 50,000 Civil War veterans convened in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of one of the most pivotal battles in American history. Here’s a closer look at the Great Reunion of 1913. The Idea In April 1908, [...]

A Day Without Chemistry

(YouTube link) The American Chemical Society produced the video A Day Without Chemistry to raise awareness of the many ways we depend on chemistry in our daily lives. The International Year of Chemistry (IYC) officially begins on February 1st. The 63rd General Assembly of the United Nations proclaimed 2011 as the International Year of Chemistry, envisioning a [...]

Portraits of Power

A staff photographer for New Yorker magazine referred to only as Platon set up a studio in the United Nations building this past September to get portraits of as many world leaders as possible. For five days he took photographs of each member of the General Assembly that came to his temporary studio. Those portraits [...]

Scandalous Academician: Mary Moser

Mary Moser (1744-1819) was “one of the most celebrated women artists of 18th-century Britain,” yet today she’s mostly overlooked. In honor of the 265th anniversary of her birth, we’ve rounded up some of the most interesting facts about Moser. 1. Mary Moser received training from George III’s own drawing master—her father, George Michael Moser, an artist [...]

The Quick 9: Nine Capitals of the United States

Washington, D.C., hasn’t always been the political center of the United States. In fact, nine different cities across the country have served as the nation’s capital at one point or another, even if only for a day (and technically, some of them can’t be called capitals of the United States, but the capital of the [...]