Posts by Kelly Richman-Abdou


February 15, 2019

Celebrate 100 Years of Bauhaus with These Free Online Documentaries

It’s a big year for Bauhaus. Founded in 1919, the avant-garde movement is currently celebrating its centenary. To commemorate the occasion, we’ve crafted a selection of fascinating and free documentaries and lectures—all of which you can watch from the comfort of your own haus. In order to cover all of the Bauhaus bases, we’ve picked videos about a range of topics.

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February 14, 2019

Ingenious Mexican Company Turns Avocado Seeds into Biodegradable Straws and Cutlery

Today, many eco-friendly companies are creating products that will help stop the single-use plastic problem. These innovations include a portable, metal straw, a “living seawall,” and, thanks to Mexican company Biofase, biodegradable utensils made entirely out of avocado seeds. Using pits predominantly leftover from guacamole and oil manufacturers, Biofase creates forks, spoons, knives, and straws. Like disposable plastic tools, these utensils are durable and suitable for hot and cold contents.

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February 12, 2019

Library Receives Book Return From Patron That’s 73 Years Overdue

Have you ever owed a library an overdue book? If so, you likely ended up returning it after a few days, weeks, or,—in seemingly extreme cases—months. While librarians are undoubtedly used to dealing with books past their due date, no one at Silver Spring Library in Maryland could have anticipated one of their latest acquisitions: a book that was checked out in 1946.

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February 10, 2019

How the Natural Beauty of Hellenistic Sculpture Has Captivated the World for Centuries

Hellenistic sculpture is one of art history’s most prized practices. Celebrated for its unprecedented naturalism, this movement introduced a skillful sculptural approach that artists would emulate for years to come. Today, Hellenistic antiquities can be found in top collections across the globe, with world-famous works like the Winged Victory of Samothrace leading the way. While you may be familiar with these awe-inspiring marble sculptures, you may not know much about the very movement that they shaped.

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