Scientific advances in materials science and image analysis enable the work of renovation tackle more ambitious challenges. A recent example of this is the Hudson Theatre in Manhattan.
One of Broadway’s oldest surviving theatres, first opened 114 years ago, has been renovated and reopened earlier this year –
— with Jake Gyllenhaal in the revival of “Sunday in the Park With George”. It becomes Broadway’s 41st and newest playhouse, 114 years after it became one of Broadway’s first. Then, it opened with a production of “Cousin Kate” starring Ethel Barrymore.
The theater was built by Henry B. Harris, above left, who ran it until 1912, when he perished on the Titanic. His wife, Renée, also above, survived and returned to New York to operate the theater. She became one of Broadway’s first female producers but she lost it to foreclosure in the Depression.
Located on 44th Street just east of Broadway, the ornate theater has led a life as various as Manhattan itself, with stints as a TV studio (1950s), a reborn theater and then a porn palace (’60s), a rock venue (’80s), and, for the last 20 years, an event space for Millennium Hotels.
After the renovation by the Ambassador Theatre Group of Britain the Hudson is ready to be a showplace again and one of the few new theatres on Broadway.
At the British Museum, there is an exhibition of the popular paintings by Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849). There are several images of the Fuji volcano.
They are symbols of natural power and human vulnerability. Hokusai’s infatuation with Mount Fuji was much more than an admiration of its beauty. The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter told that a goddess placed an elixir of life at the top of the peak, and thus the mountain was a secret source of immortality, as well as a secret reason for Hokusai’ obsession with the mountain.
This gave him a chance to explore and experiment with its beauty.
A section through a present-day volcano shows its hidden structure:
Cross-section through a stratovolcano (vertical scale is exaggerated):
Some early findings from NASA’s Juno mission are published today in Science magazine (papers by SJ Bolton et al and JEP Connerney et al). They present some of the pictures from the orbiter that arrived at Jupiter last July. The familiar stripes appear to be hot bands seen through layers of cloud:
The top and bottom of Jupiter are pockmarked with a chaotic mélange of swirls that are immense storms hundreds of miles across.
The planet’s interior core appears bigger than expected, and swirling electric currents are generating surprisingly strong magnetic fields.
Auroral lights shining in Jupiter’s polar regions seem to operate in a reverse way to those on Earth. There appears not to be an entirely solid or gaseous core to the planet. One clue to what is at the core is a belt of ammonia that may be rising around the planet’s equator.
What they report is nothing like Jupiter Ascending, the 2015 film, written, produced and directed, by The Wachowskis.
By Jupiter was a Rogers and Hart musical production in New York during 1942. Such human creativity is not a patch on what NASA is finding.
USM Modular Furniture presents an exhibition by Swiss photographer Daniel Schwartz. The black and white photographs can be viewed from May 4-26, 2017 in the USM, New York Soho Showroom. The images feature glaciers in Switzerland, Pakistan, Peru and Uganda.
Glaciers form a dynamic system. Due to man-made climate change, they are rapidly losing surface area and mass with far-reaching consequences. Glaciers serve as reservoirs of water as well as serving as an archive of climate history.
Daniel Schwartz presents the glacier as a place of remembrance – confronting loss by exposing the past – and as a stage that reveals the future as it recedes.
Last week, Nature (vol. 544, page 417) reported on a fossilised creature with huge pincers resembling can-openers, a hinged two-piece shell and more than 50 pairs of legs. C. Aria and J-B. Caron call this Tokummia katalepsis and argue that its evolution led to insects, crustaceans, millipedes and centipedes. They are among the few fossils that show early links between these familiar groups.
The creature lived about 507 million years ago during the Cambrian period, It was about 10cm long and would have been found walking on the seafloor.
Prey would have been caught by the animal using its two large pincers. It would then have been passed to the animal’s many legs under the body which have spine-like features at their base which may have crushed the prey. This could then have been brought back to the mandibles and be cut into small pieces to help digestion.
Photograph: Lars Fields. Copyright: Royal Ontario Museum
The recently discovered Augsburg Book of Miraculous Signs reveals a 16th Century society gripped by anxieties that we can relate to today, The illustrated manuscript is now available, edited by T. Borchert and J.P. Waterman.
Different uses of the sun combine a simplicity and beauty in systematically depicting catastrophes at different times.
Burning torch is set in 1009 when the sun went dark and the moon was red. It was followed by a great earthquake and thunder from a huge burning torch like a column or a tower, followed by the death of many people and famine throughout Germany and Italy.
The Tiber monster was found in Rome on the banks of the Tiber after a flood of 1496. 27 years later, Martin Luther and his colleague Philipp Melanchthon published a pamphlet in which they depicted the donkey-like creature as the ‘Papal Ass’, to represent the corruption of the Roman Catholic church.
The Lisbon Whale is from the year 1531.
Celestial Creatures is from 1506 when a comet appeared for several nights and turned its tail towards Spain.
On May 17 1552 there was a terrible storm with hail descended on Dordrecht in Holland. People thought the Day of Judgement was coming.