How to regenerate bone: Molly Stevens at TEDGlobal 2013

This was a secret, until they announced it on TED. Amazing innovation.


TED Blog

Molly Stevens would like to introduce you to the first blue tooth. No literally, a blue tooth made out of shell. In the days of the ancient Mayans, when a tooth was lost, it would be replaced with bit of blue shell. The chemistry and architecture of this shell worked beautifully as a tooth replacement, and would even, eventually, integrate into the jaw.

Stevens works with biomaterials, and she’s fascinated by the way materials can be creatively used in the body to improve health and minimize suffering. She gives another example: a physician who worked with fighter plane pilots and noticed that they’d often get shards of material in their eye — plastic from the shell of the plane. Because it produced no inflammatory response, he realized he could use this same plastic to create a lens to be placed directly into the eye — the first intraocular lenses, which…

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The Secret Seven Noses of Soho

So fascinating, I am sure I have seen these and been like “what the heyal” he had to be called Rick, just like me LOL.


Secret London

HIGH on the corner of Meard Street, Soho, is a large sculpted nose. It is claimed as one of seven noses that once decorated the area. Legend has it that if you find them, you are assured of eternal wealth.

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Finding Confucius – Hidden London

Amazing – I love this blog, it seems that we share the same interests – who doesn’t like SECRETS?


life through my lens

On Sunday last week I had the opportunity to go walkabout throught the streets of London.  I discover many fascinating places, buildings, sculptures and historic streets and parks on these excursions.  One of the places I stumbled across was King’s College London where I found this delightful statue in the gardens.

in the next little garden was this rather lovely fountain…..

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X-Rays Shows Hidden Secrets In Tudor Treasures

Something to get us going – I found this on HuffingtonPosts website.

Despite the many centuries of analysis and deliberation by art historians and critics, it appears two Tudor portrait paintings have been harboring creative secrets, until now.

Infrared reflectography and x-radiography analysis has revealed a fully worked up version of The Flagellation of Christ painted beneath the surface of a 1601 portrait of the Lord Treasurer and poet Thomas Sackville, 1st Earl of Dorset.

Secrets behind a Tudor painting

Secrets hidden in a Tudor painting

Very interesting stuff.