Florence, capital of Italy’s Tuscany region, is home to many masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture. One of its most iconic sights is the Duomo, a cathedral with a terracotta-tiled dome engineered by Brunelleschi and a bell tower by Giotto. The Galleria dell’Accademia displays Michelangelo’s “David” sculpture. The Uffizi Gallery exhibits Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus” and da Vinci’s “Annunciation.”
Würzburg is a city in Germany’s Bavaria region. It’s known for lavish baroque and rococo architecture, particularly the 18th-century Residenz palace, with ornate rooms, a huge fresco by Venetian artist Tiepolo and an elaborate staircase. Home to numerous wine bars, cellars and wineries, Würzburg is the center of the Franconian wine country, with its distinctive bocksbeutel (bottles with flattened round shapes).
Some birds can sense Earth’s magnetic field, using it to navigate. But precisely how they do this has long remained a mystery. Now, researchers have confirmed that a protein found in bird eyes displays a quantum mechanical phenomenon which makes it sensitive to magnetic fields. The researchers suggest this mechanism could be behind birds’ magnetoreception abilities.
Read the paper: https://www.nature.com/articles/s4158…
More than a year into the pandemic, scientists are still debating Covid-19’s origins. WSJ breaks down key events in three locations in China – a seafood market, a lab and a mine – to piece together how the global health crisis might have started. Photo composite: George Downs
Five stories to know for June 23:
1. The U.S. Senate failed to advance legislation that would have opened up a protracted debate over voting rights after Republicans blocked the move, leaving the effort in limbo.
2. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams was leading a field of 13 Democratic candidates in Tuesday’s primary election, though the outcome likely won’t be known for weeks. The totals were enough to force a concession from former presidential candidate Andrew Yang.
3. President Joe Biden plans to unveil new steps to curtail U.S. gun violence including measures aimed at stemming the flow of firearms used in crimes, after pledging to push for sweeping changes to firearms laws.
4. Hong Kong’s pro-democracy tabloid Apple Daily will print its last edition, the paper said, after a stormy year in which it was raided by police and its tycoon owner and other staff were arrested under a new national security law.
5. Iran said that Washington had agreed to remove all sanctions on Iran’s oil and shipping, and take some senior figures off a blacklist, at talks to revive Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal with global powers which are now on a pause.
Greece is one of those magical places, filled with hundreds of exotic islands and archipelagos boasting extraordinary scenery, picturesque warm-water beaches and a glorious Mediterranean climate. Whichever island you stay on, you’ll get a taste of traditional Greek culture. With excellent tavernas, handsome hiking trails, and the world’s best sunsets, there’s an island for everyone – beach bums, foodies, adventurers, and active holidaymakers alike. Here’s a look at the most beautiful islands in Greece.
According to a speech scheduled to be delivered today, the Director of the National Economic Council, Brian Deese, will say the economic disruption of the pandemic shows that America needs an industrial policy that invests in more manufacturing jobs.
- Plus, the Biden administration says it won’t meet its July 4th COVID vaccination goal.
- And, what you need to know one month ahead of the Tokyo Olympics.
Guests: Axios’ Hans Nichols and Ina Fried.