Damascus Hide and Seek: Synagogues and Sotheby’s
Cultural Heritage / Syria

Damascus Hide and Seek: Synagogues and Sotheby’s

Special report by Adam Blitz. On 17 December 2013 Sotheby’s (New York) commenced its Important Judaica sale. To be auctioned was “An Exceedingly Rare Hebrew Synagogue Carving” (Lot 93). Sotheby’s catalogue states that the object was made of Walnut and incised with seven words from Psalm 19 verse 9 framed by an ebony border and inlaid with … Continue reading

Does Slime Mold Hold the Secrets to the Power of Social Media
News/Media / Science

Does Slime Mold Hold the Secrets to the Power of Social Media

“The origins of life is at the edge of order and chaos.” Dr. Joseph Cambry

First the butterfly theory of chaos, now slime mold? Perhaps, the unexpected and inconspicuous slime mold explains connectivity in nature as well as in human nature as seen through the power of social media.
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Parthenon Marbles: Who Owns the Patrimony of Human Kind with Dr. Gary Vikan
Antiquity / Art / Greece / Leaders & People

Parthenon Marbles: Who Owns the Patrimony of Human Kind with Dr. Gary Vikan

When least expected, an answer comes forward that goes beyond a country’s claim, international law and suggests there is a global sense of decency when addressing cultural heritage and patrimony. Dr. Gary Vikan, during one of his last public lectures as the director of the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland and completely not related to the topic of his lecture on his upcoming book on the Shroud of Turin, was asked, “Should the Elgin Marbles be returned?” Continue reading