Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

After six months, French cafes, museums and cinemas reopen

The French are expected to flock to restaurants, museums and cinemas when they reopen on Wednesday, but bad weather and social distancing may cast a pall over scenes of people toasting a return to semi-normality after months ...


Londoners receiving AstraZeneca jab dismiss fears

Londoners receiving the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine on Tuesday dismissed concerns about its potential risks, after several countries suspended its use due to fears about blood clots.


Smithsonian obtains vial from 1st US COVID-19 vaccine dose

The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History has acquired the vial that contained the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine administered in the United States as part of its plans to document the global pandemic and "this ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

France makes masks compulsory at the office

France will make face masks compulsory in the workplace from next month, the government said Tuesday as it moved to add open-plan offices to a growing list of places where people must cover up to halt the quickening spread ...

Medical research

How natural history collections can predict the next pandemic

The 21st century has already seen multiple major new disease outbreaks, from SARS and MERS to Ebola and Zika, culminating in the current COVID-19 pandemic. The global human suffering, economic damage, and social disruption ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Europe prepares post-corona, socially-distanced culture-fest

You may need a face mask to see the Mona Lisa. You will have your temperature taken at the Colosseum in Rome. And to see views of Paris from the Eiffel Tower might require taking the stairs.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Denmark speeds up reopening as virus spread slows

Museums and zoos began reopening in Denmark on Thursday, as the country decided to accelerate its exit from lockdown and health officials said the spread of the new coronavirus was slowing.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Face masks and slippers: museums preserve lockdown life

Would you put your slippers on display? The global coronavirus pandemic is still raging but museums are already gathering testimony and objects to remember life under lockdown.

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A museum is an institution that cares for a collection of artifacts and other objects of scientific, artistic, cultural, or historical importance and makes them available for public viewing through exhibits that may be permanent or temporary. Most large museums are located in major cities throughout the world and more local ones exist in smaller cities, towns and even the countryside. The continuing acceleration in the digitization of information, combined with the increasing capacity of digital information storage, is causing the traditional model of museums (i.e. as static “collections of collections” of three-dimensional specimens and artoifnifacts) to expand to include virtual exhibits and high-resolution images of their collections for perusal, study, and exploration from any place with Internet connectivity.

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