Instrument designed by Da Vinci five centuries ago built and played for first time ever

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Five centuries ago a man by the name of Leonardo Da Vinci sat down and sketched a design for something he clearly thought would improve what we now know as classical music. He never built the thing, though.  Whatever the reason for not building it, more than 500 years after Da Vinci first sketched up the instrument, it has finally been constructed. (Video)

 

 

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How Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man came to be

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Vitruvian Man

At the dawn of the Roman imperial age, the first century B.C., the architect and thinker Vitruvius proposed that the human body could fit inside a circle, symbolic of the divine, and a square, associated with the earthly and secular — an idea that later became known as the theory of the microcosm, and came to power European religious, scientific, and artistic ideologies for centuries.

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Report Says Women’s Body Shape Be Called Da Vinci, Rembrandt or Rubens

Women have never been happy about it, but now comparing female bodies to pieces of fruit has really gone pear-shaped.

Health experts are calling for an end to the labelling of bodies as apples and pears saying it dehumanises women and puts pressure on young girls to look a certain way.

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da Vinci Si Surgical System Operates In 3D HDTV

 da Vinci Si Surgical System Operates In 3D HDTV

da Vinci Si Surgical System

Now even the clumsiest doctor can perform incredibly precise microsurgery with this latest da Vinci Si Surgical system, the only one in the world that operates in 3D HDTV. Using four robotic arms and one channel of HD video for each eye, the system reduces and filters a surgeon’s movements to an ultra-tiny scale, allowing minimally-invasive surgical procedures that aren’t possible using conventional means.

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The Simpsons Last Supper and More …

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Jeremy Barker of Popped Culture blog wrote about a compendium of 50 pop culture versions of Leonardo da Vinci’s iconic painting The Last Supper. There are soooooo many to choose from.

This one above is The Simpsons Last Supper:

Depicting Homer Simpson with his beer-swilling disciples at Moe’s is inspired, but my one complaint is how many minor characters there are in the bar, making some guy I don’t even recognize as Judas…

More pics after the jump.

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