Prize Pictures

The winner of London’s Royal Society Publishing photography competition is Tadpoles Overhead, by Bert Willaert, a biologist of amphibian evolution and an environmental advisor.

One of the judges said: “The winning photo communicates the power of a common biological phenomenon visualised in a new light, and from a perspective that emphasises the other half of the ecosystem; the half we usually miss when looking down at a tadpoles’ puddle, but one that is very much part of the tadpoles’ own view – the clouds, the trees, and the sky.”

Smashing is by runner up in the Behaviour category, taken by Luca Antonio Marino.

An adult wild bearded capuchin monkey (Sapajus libidinosus) uses a stone tool to crack a very resistant palm nut in Fazenda Boa Vista in Piauì, Brazil.

Sand has Scales is the runner up in the Evolutionary Biology category, taken by Fabio Pupin.

Bitis peringueyi is an endemic adder from the Namib desert.
Caribbean Brain Coral received special commendation in the Proceedings B publisher’s choice category, taken by Evan D’Alessandro.

It shows the deep and abundant mysteries of reef building corals.  The photographer asked whether “the four distinct zones in this photograph are really genetically identical. What spurred the colony to grow in this strange and beautiful manner?”

The Story of Light

India’s first science-meets-art festival took place in Panaji, Goa, last month. There were interactive installations, workshops, beach and street performances – and food.

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In India, young people are taking their culture into the modern world, involving science and popular media as much as tradition and religion. There is an excitement about the place.

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Jaya Ramchandani was the Festival Director

Movie Posters

For forty years a cinema in Athens called The Athinaion has advertised its film of the week with an original hand-painted poster.

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They were all the work of Vasilis Dimitrio,and he created thousands of screen legends with his own flair of originality.

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Now Mr Dimitrio’s right hand is too stiff to use the brushes, forcing him to retire. So far he has no successor. Because they change and adapt, it’s rare for art-forms to become extinct. In human culture they call it old-fashioned.