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The Sobraon was the largest composite ship ever made, sailing for 25 years between England and Australia until the modern age caught up with her

Scientists are using paintings to chart the long-term effects of climate change and  development on the coast.


How 19th-century watercolours became the key to reconstructing an ancient Egyptian burial chamber

Maria Sibylla Merian went to Suriname in 1699 to study insects. The images she made were groundbreaking

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Man-powered Ferris wheels and the icy origins of the roller coaster

Whenever the volcano erupted, artists would flock to it instead of running for cover

Old watercolours reveal how dramatically the world's glaciers have shrunk over time

Into the unknown

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