The rock with a deep blue hue has been valued since antiquity for its beautiful color, making it both a luxury product and a symbol of the gods.
It may feel like a ubiquitous presence in the sky and sea, yet the cerulean shade is surprisingly rare—and difficult to produce—among living organisms.
Artists understand the primordial essence of being human, as well as the power and symbolism of the red fluid that runs through our veins.
The solar system’s largest star emits photons, ions, electrons, and neutrinos, all of which will eventually traverse space—and perhaps even reach Earth.
Depending on the time of year, in the North and South Poles our largest star either shines twenty-four hours a day or not at all. This has an impact on local flora and fauna—and the global environment.
In times of crisis, painters and writers have channelled anxious expression through their art. What might this reveal about our present state of precarity?
Marta Bogdańska, creator of the “Shifters” art project, talks about the history of humans (mis)using animals in armed forces and intelligence agencies.
The colour yellow glimmers in the art of Giotto and Van Gogh, among others. Yet there is a more sinister story behind the pigment the painters used.
Our science editor delivers news from Earth and space, including the James Webb Space Telescope, the sun’s Nemesis, and the longest thunderbolt ever recorded.
In their games, explorations and art, the Surrealists embraced the land of imagination – and showed precisely why imagination is so powerful.
Which photographs deserve to be presented to the outside world and which should be left out? Is a positive always more important than a negative?
The first flower probably did not survive for long, and flowers must have remained rare and isolated phenomena. Nowadays they are omnipresent and delight even relatively insensitive humans. So what can we learn from flowers?
On the centenary of Poland’s independence, we take a closer look at the odd relationship Poles have with freedom. Here, we observe the artist Stanisław Szukalski as he goes searching for traces of ancient Poles on Easter Island.
About 10 years ago, a door appeared behind the church’s side altar. We don’t know what happened behind that door, but we do know that it was life-changing. A short story set in the Polish countryside. Original publication by Magda Kiełbowicz.
Geta Brătescu is a Romanian artist who made a great impression on us during the last Venice Biennale. We tell the story of an exceptional figure, who became an international star only in her eighties.
In the 1960s, LSD was legally available across Czechoslovakia. A writer recounts the story of how a communist state became the leading manufacturer of a psychedelic drug. Original text written by Aleksander Kaczorowski.