Conservation

Drugs

Cocaine Farmers Are Hunting for an Alternative

Colombian communities that have long depended on coca plants for income are on their own in the era of peace between the government and Marxist guerrillas.
Andrés Bermúdez Liévano
11.8.17
Art

Ralph Steadman Wants to Save the World

We visited the studio of Hunter S Thompson's chief collaborator to talk about his new book with conservationist Ceri Levy.
Stefanie Marsh
7.26.17
extinction

Humans Are Accelerating The Next Mass Extinction, Study Says

50 percent of Earth’s wildlife has been lost in recent decades.
David Gilbert
7.12.17
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Crack a Window into the Art of Glass Preservation | Conservation Lab

The tiny city of Corning, New York is home to the world’s best glass conservators.
Noémie Jennifer
2.28.17
Art

6 Priceless Pieces of Art Accidentally Damaged in 2016

This is art we lost or was harmed because people were stupid this year. Who knew?
Peter Slattery
12.26.16
KRISHNA

3 Fantastical Surprises Concealed Inside Historical Objects | Conservation Lab

As conservators pick an object apart, what lies inside can be another gem all its own.
Noémie Jennifer
12.20.16
Art

Mummy X-Rays Reconstruct Ancient Egyptian Lives | Conservation Lab

Medical imaging slices through mummies while leaving them unperturbed.
Noémie Jennifer
12.6.16
Art

6 Mesmerizing Videos of Museum Practitioners at Work | Conservation Lab

Watch conservators restore a vandalized Rothko, submerge a Dickens manuscript in water, and preserve Lonesome George—the iconic Galapagos tortoise—for generations to come.
Noémie Jennifer
11.30.16
Art

Restoring da Vinci's 'St. John the Baptist' | Conservation Lab

Leonardo’s disputed Renaissance masterpiece reemerges from under 15 layers of varnish.
Noémie Jennifer
11.22.16
Art

An Ancient Japanese Scroll Gets Pieced Back Together | Conservation Lab

How many conservators does it take to repair a 60-square-foot scroll?
Noémie Jennifer
11.8.16
Art

To Save Dorothy’s Red Slippers, It May Take a Wizard | Conservation Lab

With three clicks and $300,000, the Smithsonian hopes to #KeepThemRuby for at least another century.
Noémie Jennifer
10.25.16
Art

How to Keep Kinetic Art Moving | Conservation Lab

Modern art conservator Lydia Beerkens prevents kinetic artworks from becoming still lives.
Noémie Jennifer
10.18.16
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