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  • New discovery in Arctic is a very old clam

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska The rapidly thawing Arctic Ocean may be a new frontier but some of the latest news from there concerns a clam that is believed to date back more than a million years. Some bivalves retrieved from the ocean depths during a 2010 mapping...
  • Talbott Retiring As Director, CEO Of Wadsworth Atheneum

    HARTFORD — Susan Lubowsky Talbott, who has been director and chief executive officer of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art since 2008, will announce her retirement Friday, Talbott told The Courant. Talbott will stay in the position until the...
  • D.C. exhibit on Virgin Mary raises questions about art, religion

    D.C. exhibit on Virgin Mary raises questions about art, religion
    A stunning new exhibit on the Virgin Mary at a Washington museum includes an etching by Rembrandt so intentionally hazy it seemingly captures the precise moment in which the aged Madonna passes from life to death. A 16th-century painting by Caravaggio...
  • Gallery owner Richard Challis dies at 94; he promoted watercolorists

    Gallery owner Richard Challis dies at 94; he promoted watercolorists
    Laguna Beach gallery owner Richard Challis, a World War II veteran whose roster of artists included the renowned watercolorist Rex Brandt, died Dec. 10 of natural causes. He was 94. Diane "Dee" Challis said her father valued watercolor paintings at a...
  • Talking to Lonnie Bunch about his Smithsonian-size task

    Talking to Lonnie Bunch about his Smithsonian-size task
    Lonnie Bunch had a good thing going in Chicago. He was running the Chicago Historical Society, helping to guide its transition to eventually becoming the more outward facing Chicago History Museum. Chicago's community of civic leaders had welcomed him...
  • National Museum of Industrial History restarts construction

    National Museum of Industrial History restarts construction
    With the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office investigation still looming overhead, contractors on Tuesday restarted construction on the National Museum of Industrial History with the hopes of getting the south Bethlehem museum ready for a 2016 opening....
  • Ralph Baer dies at 92; inventor was behind video game console

    Ralph Baer, an inventor whose design sparked the idea for the first video game console years before Atari and Nintendo became household staples, died Saturday at his home in Manchester, N.H. He was 92. His death was confirmed by his son, Mark Baer,...
  • N. Carolina education department used Koch-funded group for proposed history lessons

    RALEIGH, N.C. High school social studies teachers in North Carolina would be encouraged to use curriculum materials prepared by an institute funded by the conservative Koch family, under a proposal the Department of Public Instruction presented this week....
  • Books to charm gardeners on your gift list

    Books to charm gardeners on your gift list
    Gardeners live to work with their hands. That's why a gift book for a gardener should be a physical thing. It should be brightly wrapped, unwrapped, handled and flipped through, and then curled up with when there's nothing to do with your hands but turn...
  • Smithsonian exhibits 3-D portraits of President Obama

    Smithsonian exhibits 3-D portraits of President Obama
    A series of 3-D portraits of President Barack Obama went on display Tuesday at the Smithsonian in Washington. The portraits, which were created using digital scanning and printing technology, will be on view at the Smithsonian Castle through Dec. 31....
  • Pequot Museum Closes For First-Ever Winter Hiatus

    Pequot Museum Closes For First-Ever Winter Hiatus
    The Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center is closed for the slow winter season for the first time since opening in 1998. The winter hiatus is another instance of the tribe's tightening its finances as new and expanded gambling venues erode revenue...