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Boy's awesome reaction to live orchestra sparks a search for his identity

The Handel and Haydn Society is internationally acclaimed for its performances of Baroque and Classical music (Photo: Handel and Haydn Society) As The Handel and Haydn Society Orchestra finished Mozart’s “Masonic Funeral Music” at Boston Symphony Hall last week, they…

Where did the word 'OK' come from?

OK, so you’re familiar with “OK.” You probably use it all the time, and not for just one purpose. But do you really know what it means? And if not, are you OK with that? The word “OK” is one…

5 surprising facts about Leonardo da Vinci

You might imagine a Renaissance icon like Leonardo da Vinci would be all out of surprises for us. It’s been 500 years and we’re still gushing over the man’s body of work, which runs a staggering gamut from invention to…

Friendship is the cure for what ails us

We value friendship and recognize that it contributes to our well-being. It’s a key component to a happy life, not to mention robust emotional and physical health, as researchers remind us. But even if we can rattle off the benefits…

Marine animals come to life in massive murals around the world

When artist Robert Wyland was a teenager living in Michigan, he went on a trip to California. While swimming in the ocean off Laguna Beach, he saw two gray whales migrating to Mexico. “When I came up I saw their…

Why the giant heads of 43 presidents are sitting in a field in Virginia

They stand in rows in a Virginia field, kind of a White House version of Easter Island. There are 43 concrete busts of most of the U.S. presidents — from George Washington to George W. Bush. Towering at an average…

Ancient Guatemalans crafted massive sculptures using lightning and magnetism

If there’s one thing we’ve learned from studying ancient peoples, it’s that we should never doubt their ingenuity, artistry, engineering prowess, and mastery of the elements. Case in point, researchers have just discovered that people living at least 2,000 years…

After the fire, the fate of Notre Dame's relics comes into view

Now that the flames that devastated the wooden medieval roof structure of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris have finally been extinguished, attention has turned to surveying the damage, tallying what’s lost, and racing to save what precious relics may yet…

10 breathtaking stained-glass windows

Rainbows of light Found in houses of worship, government buildings and sometimes just structures built with unique art elements, stained-glass windows often portray biblical scenes, geometric patterns or even random designs. Typically made from glass that has been colored with…

The colorful, fantastical world of Dale Chihuly

The whimsical and colorful glass creations of artist Dale Chihuly are often grand-scale sculptures that seem to spring from the pages of an abstract fairy tale. There are rainbow-striped massive orbs, towering spikes and fantastical swirling creations. Chihuly installations have…