Three Beauties of the Present Day is a nishiki-e colour woodblock print from c. 1792–93 by Japanese ukiyo-e artist Kitagawa Utamaro. The triangular composition depicts the busts of three celebrity beauties of the time: geisha Tomimoto Toyohina, and teahouse waitresses Naniwa Kita and Takashima Hisa. Each figure in the work is adorned with an identifying family crest. The portraits are idealized, and though at first glance their faces seem similar, subtle differences in their features and expressions can be detected. The luxurious print, made with multiple woodblocks, was published by Tsutaya Jūzaburō and is believed to have been quite popular.Painting: Kitagawa Utamaro
A promotional poster for Shelter, a survival video game developed by Might and Delight for Windows and Mac released on 28 August 2013. In the game, players control a mother badger who must protect and feed her cubs while travelling from their burrow to a new one. The game has received positive reviews for its graphics and sound, as well as the emotional impact that it evoked. Reviewers gave mixed reactions regarding the game's difficulty and length.Poster: Might and Delight
An interior view of the Hagia Sophia in 1852, when it was known as the Ayasofya Mosque. The building was originally constructed as a main Eastern Orthodox church and served in this role from 537 AD until the fall of Constantinople in 1453 (except between 1204 and 1261 when it was converted by the Fourth Crusaders to a Roman Catholic cathedral). When the Ottoman Turks under Mehmed II conquered Constantinople, the Hagia Sophia was converted into a mosque and Christian relics and art were either removed or plastered over. It remained a mosque for almost 500 years, before being converted into a museum between 1931 and 1935. Famous in particular for its massive dome, it is considered the epitome of Byzantine architecture and influenced the design of numerous mosques in what is now Istanbul.Artwork: Gaspare Fossati; lithograph: Louis Haghe; restoration: Adam Cuerden
The Panorpidae are a family of scorpionflies. This family contains more than 350 species. These insects, which average 9–25 mm long, have four membranous wings and threadlike antennae. Their elongated faces terminate with jaws that are used to feed on dead and dying insects, nectar, and rotting fruit. While in larval form, they scavenge by consuming dead insects on the ground.
The Hammer projection is a map projection described by Ernst Hammer in 1892. It uses the same 2:1 elliptical outer shape as the Mollweide projection. Both projections are equal-area, but by depicting parallels of latitude as curved lines rather than straight, Hammer reduced distortion toward the outer limbs, where it is extreme in the Mollweide.Map: Strebe, using Geocart
The whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) is a wader in the large family Scolopacidae. One of the most widespread of the curlews, this migratory species winters on coasts in Africa, South America, south Asia into Australasia and southern North America. It is also a coastal bird during migration. It is fairly gregarious outside the breeding season.Photograph: Andreas Trepte
The flying gurnard is a fish of tropical to warm temperate waters on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. When excited, it spreads its "wings", semi-transparent appendages tipped with a phosphorescent bright blue coloration which are used to frighten predators.Photograph: Beckmannjan
The WonderSwan is a handheld game console released exclusively in Japan by Bandai in 1999. Developed by Gunpei Yokoi's company Koto Laboratory and Bandai, the WonderSwan was powered by a 16-bit central processing unit and took advantage of a low price point and long battery life in comparison to its competition. The system featured numerous first-party titles based on licensed anime properties, as well as significant third-party support from Square, Namco, and Taito. The WonderSwan and its two later models, the WonderSwan Color and SwanCrystal, were officially supported until being discontinued in 2003, after being marginalized by Nintendo's Game Boy Advance. In all its variations, the system sold an estimated 3.5 million units.
Pictured here is the SwanCrystal, released in 2002. It had an improved color LCD screen and was available in four casing colors.Photograph: Evan Amos
Draco is a constellation in the far northern sky. Its name is Latin for dragon. It was one of the 48 constellations listed by the 2nd century astronomer Ptolemy and remains one of the 88 modern constellations today. Draco is circumpolar and can thus be seen all year from northern latitudes.
A lithograph by Thaddeus Mortimer Fowler showing the town of New Kensington, Pennsylvania, in 1896. Originally part of Burrell (and later Lower Burrell) Township, the city of New Kensington was founded in 1891. During the public sale held on June 10, 1891, thousands of people came to the area, including a number of investors, including the Pittsburgh Reduction Company, which later became Alcoa. The city continued to grow and, as of 2010, New Kensington has a population of 13,116.Lithograph: Thaddeus Mortimer Fowler; restoration: Adam Cuerden
Blenduk Church, formally the Immanuel Protestant Church of Western Indonesia, is a Protestant church in Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia. Established in 1753, it is the oldest church in the province. The current building dates back to 1787; the towers and dome were added in 1894.Photograph: Chris Woodrich
An Interior, a drawing by Mary Ellen Best (c. 1838). Best (1809–1891) was a British artist, active mostly in the 1830s, who worked predominantly with watercolours. Unlike many of her contemporaries, she was interested in portraying domestic life in her works, including families at tables, kitchens, and domestic workers. Among her estimated 1,500 paintings are a number of interior portraits such as this; she is known to have painted, among other subjects, images of the drawing room, dining room, and common room of her home in Castle Gate, York.Drawing: Mary Ellen Best
The Fringes of the Fleet is a booklet written in 1915 by Rudyard Kipling. It contains essays and poems about nautical subjects in World War I. Lyrics from poems in this booklet were used for a song-cycle of the same name written in 1917, with music by the English composer Edward Elgar and lyrics. This song cycle was first recorded by Elgar on 4 July 1917, with singers Charles Mott, Frederick Henry, Frederick Stewart and Harry Barratt.Illustration: Anonymous; restoration: Adam Cuerden
Dustforce is a 2012 platform video game developed by Hitbox Team. In it, the player controls one of four janitors who are using acrobatic skills in an attempt to sweep away the dust and filth corrupting the world. The player's performance is ranked based on time and completion, and access to certain levels requires near-perfect runs of earlier levels. Dustforce was generally well received by critics, who praised its demanding gameplay, online leaderboard features, graphics, and soundtrack.Video: Hitbox Team, with music by Lifeformed