[Images: Chris Hadfield/NASA]
See that deep purple in the middle of this acne-red weather report from Down Under? That right there represents 129.2° F or 54 °C — it’s a brand-new shade that the Australian bureau of meteorology was forced to add to its heat index because their country is, you know, kind of on fire.
[…] To give you an idea of just how uncomfortable this Australian heatwave really is, consider that it’s just past midnight there right now … and it’s 95°F in Sydney.
Read more. [Image: Australia Bureau of Meteorology]
Tobacco companies took a kick-to-the-groin (that’s official legal jargon) in Australia today, when the country’s high court OK’d some of the world’s most grotesque cigarette packages. Logos and branding are out. Plain sleeves and giant, nauseous warning labels are in, as you can see in the illustrations above, which were cooked up last year by the Aussie government.
Read more. [Image: The Australian]
The art: Caravaggio, The Cardsharps, c. 1594. Few subjects have been as popular among painters as have pictures of gambling. Some of the reason is that they have provided artists with opportunities to create dramatic narrative paintings, some more is that they served as popular morality plays.
The news: “Australians: Among the Biggest Gamblers on Earth,” featuring PRI’s The World and reporter Jason Margolis.
The source: Collection of the Kimball Art Museum, Fort Worth.
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