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Researcher explains mystery of golden ratio

The Egyptians supposedly used it to guide the construction the Pyramids. The architecture of ancient Athens is thought to have been based on it. Fictional Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon tried to unravel its mysteries ...

dateDec 21, 2009 in Mathematics
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Uncovering Da Vinci's rule of the trees

As trees shed their foliage this fall, they reveal a mysterious, nearly universal growth pattern first observed by Leonardo da Vinci 500 years ago: a simple yet startling relationship that always holds between the size of ...

dateNov 30, 2011 in General Physics
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The Antikythera time machine

Leonardo da Vinci may have left behind sketches of helicopters, tanks and submarines but it is rare that we find actual artifacts that seem so way ahead of their time. Almost like a science fiction tale of archaeologists ...

dateJun 11, 2012 in Space Exploration
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New light on Leonardo Da Vinci's faces

How did Leonardo Da Vinci manage to paint such perfect faces? For the first time a quantitative chemical analysis has been done on seven paintings from the Louvre Museum (including the Mona Lisa) without extracting any samples.

dateJul 15, 2010 in Analytical Chemistry
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Human ancestors had tentacles

The famous Vitruvian Man drawn by Leonardo da Vinci pictures the canon of human proportions. However, humans didn't become bilaterally symmetric suddenly. There are two main points of view on the last common bilaterian ancestor, ...

dateApr 23, 2015 in Archaeology & Fossils
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