How the Third Wave of Coffee Shops is Transforming High Streets

An exact science. counterculturecopy/Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND Forget your cappuccinos – it’s all about chemex and cold drip now. By Dr. Jennifer Ferreira / 07.27.2015 Senior Research Assistant Coventry University While most people these days can tell their cappuccinos from their americanos, they may not be quite as familiar with the differences between aeropress, chemex, V-60 and cold-drip[…]

Brewing a Great Cup of Coffee Depends on Chemistry and Physics

What can you do to ensure a more perfect brew? Chris Hendon, CC BY-ND The science behind why what your barista sometimes achieves at the cafe tastes better than what you can come up with at home. By Dr. Christopher H. Hendon / 09.27.2017 Assistant Professor of  Computational Materials and Chemistry University of Oregon Coffee is unique among artisanal beverages in[…]

The Language of Drapery

Louis XIV / Wikimedia Commons By Zhenya Gershman / 10.19.2010 Education Department J. Paul Getty Museum Drapery—artfully folded fabric—has been used by European artists for centuries, from ancient Greek sculpture to contemporary photography. 1.  Drapery Serves Composition Artists make strategic use of drapery to aid composition, the arrangement of elements that leads our eye through a scene. In Peter[…]

Fallen Angels: Birds of Paradise in Early Modern European Art

Bird of paradise from Ulisse Aldrovandi’s Ornithologia (1599) Wikimedia Commons When birds of paradise first arrived to Europe, as dried specimens with legs and wings removed, they were seen in almost mythical terms — as angelic beings forever airborne, nourished by dew and the “nectar” of sunlight. Natalie Lawrence looks at how European naturalists of the 16th and[…]

Why the Romans Weren’t Quite as Clean as You Might Have Thought

The baths at Bath, England. Romans by Shutterstock The Romans are well known for introducing sanitation to much of their empire – but did it improve their health? By Dr. Piers Mitchell / 01.08.2016 Affiliated Lecturer in Biological Anthropology University of Cambridge Prior to the Romans, Greece was the only part of Europe to have had toilets. But by the[…]