How the heart actually works

It pumps blood. Duh. Well, for most of history, people were unsure what the heart's main function was. Even Leonardo Da Vinci gave up studying it and he's probably one of the five smartest guys ever. Even now, it's not as easy as it should be to find out how the ticker works. Don't worry, this Ted-Ed animation will… » 5/21/14 9:36pm 5/21/14 9:36pm

Scientists reveal that Mona Lisa may be the first 3D image in history

Thanks to a wonderful coincidence, Leonardo da Vinci may have invented the first stereoscopic image in history. According to researchers Claus-Christian Carbon and Vera M Hesslinger, the Mona Lisa can be seen in 3D thanks to another version that was painted side by side as Leonardo was making the original. » 5/01/14 5:31pm 5/01/14 5:31pm

Listen to Da Vinci's Genius Piano-Cello Played for the Very First Time

From the audience, this instrument looks like a typical grand piano. Then the maestro takes his seat and begins to play. It's a sound nobody has heard before, because this instrument, designed by Leonardo Da Vinci five centuries ago, has just been built for the very first time. And it sounds heavenly. » 11/21/13 10:43am 11/21/13 10:43am

We're Getting Closer to Finding Mona Lisa's Skeleton

Researchers who've been hunting for Mona Lisa's skeleton are now opening up a family tomb in hopes of confirming Mona Lisa's existence. They want to confirm that bones they found last year under a convent are the remains of Lisa Gherardini. The family tomb they're cracking open is the resting place for Gherardini's… » 8/08/13 8:00pm 8/08/13 8:00pm

A Glimpse Into the Archives of Da Vinci's Anatomical Drawings

Leonardo da Vinci was many things: artist, architect, engineer, inventor and—on occasion—scientist. But even though he made many detailed studies of the human form, his anatomical drawings languished unpublished for centuries. Here's a glimpse into his archives. » 4/19/12 4:44am 4/19/12 4:44am

Here's What Leonardo da Vinci's To-Do List Looked Like in 1490

Even the brilliant mind of Leonardo da Vinci needed to jot things down in a notebook so he could remember what he needed to do. The only difference, of course, is that da Vinci's to-do list was much more complex than ours. I mean, who needs to calculate the measurement of Milan and its suburbs and learn how to repair… » 11/21/11 4:00pm 11/21/11 4:00pm

A Photographer Thinks He Can Solve the Mystery of the Lost Leonardo da…

"The Battle of Anghiari" is a Leonardo da Vinci painting that many in his era called the Renaissance Man's finest work. The problem is that it's been lost since the 1500's. Many people, however, believe it's hidden behind a brick wall and a photographer thinks he can snap a picture of the work—through the brick… » 8/29/11 5:40pm 8/29/11 5:40pm

A Leonardo da Vinci Painting That's Been Lost for Centuries Has Been…

Salvator Mundi, or "Savior of the World" is a painting by Leonardo da Vinci that's been lost for centuries. Art historians have confirmed that deeper in the painting, you can see the "miraculous softness" and the "delicate paint" of Leonardo. » 7/01/11 9:07am 7/01/11 9:07am

Are You Feeling Lucky, Punk? Dirty DaVinci's Ancient Machine Gun Blasts…

This triple-barreled, bronze cannon was first unearthed 40 years ago by Croatian schoolchildren. Since then, there has been speculation that it might be one of Leonardo DaVinci's much sought-after primitive machine guns. The speculation is over. It's been confirmed. » 6/10/11 9:00pm 6/10/11 9:00pm

Leonardo's Notebooks

Here's a sampling of the most fascinating of Leonardo da Vinci's notebooks, culled from 7000 pages of original sketches and text, by H. Anna Suh. She'll be answering reader questions in the comments for the next hour. UPDATED. » 8/31/10 2:20pm 8/31/10 2:20pm

Da Vinci's Mechanical Lion Brought To Life After 500 Years

Thanks to written eyewitness accounts and mechanical drawings left behind by the artist, Leonardo da Vinci's fabled mechanical lion walks again after 500 years. » 8/17/09 12:40pm 8/17/09 12:40pm

Sit On the Mona Lisa's Face

A brilliant concept—chairs that can be transformed into wall art to save space. Plus, it's a turn on to anyone who ever fantasized about 16th hottie Lisa Gherardini del Giocondo. [Treehugger] » 2/13/09 6:20pm 2/13/09 6:20pm

The iPhone as Designed By Leonardo da Vinci

This is one of the coolest iPhone t-shirts I've ever seen-apart from ours: The iPhone as designed by Leonardo da Vinci or some cuckoo Victorian scientist. They have a pretty-pretty hand screen-printed poster too: » 1/28/09 1:40pm 1/28/09 1:40pm

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Inspired by Leonardo da Vinci's backwards writing, this gadget plays with the idea of what the Renaissance Man's watch may have looked like, if watches existed back then. The numbers on the faceplate are not just written—and listed—backwards, but the hour and minute hands move counter-clockwise as well. For $36, this… » 11/10/08 8:40pm 11/10/08 8:40pm

MythBusters Build a 1100-Barrel Paintball Gun to Paint the Mona Lisa,…

In a presentation made at Nvidia's NVISION show this week, Adam and Jamie unveiled a 1100 barrel paintball gun and—in an instant—painted a pretty convincing (if slightly drippy) Mona Lisa. In typical MythBusters fashion » 8/28/08 9:20pm 8/28/08 9:20pm, the incredibly elaborate experiment was only tenuously linked to their hypothesis. The…