Marshall Plan

Sixty five years ago, post-war Europe was given economic aid from the United States under the Marshall Plan. Some would call it a form of propaganda.

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There was also the National Geographic Magazine, a major source of hope for a colourful future made up of science and art. Now, the magazine’s  National Geographic Society, in Washington DC, is celebrating its 125th anniversary – it remains one of the great links between science and art.

One of the best-known photographs was in June 1985 when S McCurry’s Afghan girl appeared on the front cover. Sharbat_Gula_on_National_Geographic_cover  1424410372_125 Known to provide the highest standard of presentation and precision its scope was from photographs of nature in the wild to accurate up-to-date cartography. Every month a new map would be delivered within the familiar yellow covers of the magazine. 69238_0_303x227  67030_0_303x227 In 1961, primatologist Jane Goodall was funded by the Society to study chimpanzees, in 2003 another project examined Egyptian mummies by CT scanner. 48801_0_303x227   65333_0_303x227 Small reptiles contrast with mammoth tusks, and feats of human endeavour appear besides new exploration. 34618_0_303x227 69324_0_303x227 71861_0_303x227  NATIONAL_GEOGRAPHIC_FACEBOOK_AD_220_X_80     The magazine continues to play these roles with science and art, to offer more high-quaity pictures and to connect by electronic media.

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