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16th Century Boxwood Carvings Are So Tiny You Need X-Rays to View Them

Researchers need x-rays just to view the hidden intricacies of these carvings!

Boxwood carvings went into fashion between the 1500s and the 1530s in Netherlands. They contain intricate carvings of religious events and figures that Catholics could carry around with them wherever they go. However, when the Reformation began, these tiny works of art quickly went out of fashion.

There are only 135 known miniature boxwood carvings and researchers are eager to study them all. However, in order to preserve the carvings, researchers must use micro-CT scanning and Advanced 3D Analysis Software to see the inner layers and hidden details of these carvings.

These boxwood carvings can fit an entire story in the palm of your hand! This one depicts the Annunciation and the Adoration of the Magi.

The details of these boxwood carvings are so fine and delicate that researchers have taken great care to ensure they don't damage the artwork.

Many of the details in these carvings are invisible to the naked eye, thus researchers turn to micro-CT scanning and Advanced 3D Analysis Software.

Just imagine the painstaking effort artists had to exert just to create the carvings in one of the beads for this Decade Rosary!

Some of these carvings even have hidden mechanisms that only an x-ray can detect.

However, we still have a lot to learn about these boxwood carvings…

With details too tiny to see…

And parts of the carvings concealed behind traces of gold decoration that prevent x-rays from penetrating.

These carvings were available only to the religious elite as very few artists would have had the skill and the patience to work on such tiny works of art.

While some boxwood carvings may be lost to history, the ones researchers have found give us an insightful view of religious artifacts that were popular during their time.

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This Danish Company Creates the World’s Most Awesome Playgrounds

These innovative playgrounds are designed to stimulate your kids’ minds during playtime.

MONSTRUM is a company founded by Ole Barslund Nielsen and Christian Jensen, and their main goal is to create whimsical playgrounds designed around stories. These playgrounds not only let kids play and get their exercise but the playground itself can also stimulate their minds as they enact elaborate stories!

MONSTRUM's playgrounds often have an aquatic theme, like this 15-meter-long Blue Whale in Plikta Park in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Source: MONSTRUM
Another whale creation, this time a sperm whale, can be found just outside Denmark's North Sea Oceanarium.

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Listen To The Oldest Music Composed by Man, Dating Back to 1400 BC!

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Have you ever pondered when did man started making music? Or have you thought what the oldest music sounds like? The answer to those questions were found by archaeologists at an excavation in Ras Shamra, Syria during the 1950s.

In an expedition there, archaeologists excavated Babylonian cuneiform tablets with what looked like musical melody. Carbon dating suggests that the musical inscriptions were at least 3,500 years old dating back to at least 1400-1700 B.C. So far, this is recognized as the oldest music composed by mankind.

The Four-part ancient musical composition

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8 Public Spaces that Manipulate You with Their Frustrating Design

Strangely, some things are unpleasantly made to discourage their use for certain activities.

Unpleasant design is all around us. We see them in signs with awful fonts, in badly placed buildings, and even in household items like furniture and kitchenware. However, who would have thought that unpleasant design could have a purpose?

In the book called "Unpleasant Design" by Gordan Savičić and Selena Savić, they discuss how some designs intentionally make people feel uncomfortable, and thus limiting the use of certain objects to their only intended use. Here are some examples of designs they have seen in public spaces.

1. Metal obstacles in public benches

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