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a painting of beer pumps

Meet the three painters selected for the Jerwood Painting Fellowships

Francesca Bloomfield, Archie Franks and Dale Lewis have been selected by three artist-mentors for the Jerwood Painting Fellowships; meet them and their work here.

Art

Colour reproduction of an abstract painting with greens, pinks and blues

Richard Diebenkorn makes return to Europe in overdue retrospective at Royal Academy

The American painter and former abstract expressionist, who moved from abstraction to figuration and back again, has his first show in London for almost 25 years. Mark Sheerin takes a look.

Archaeology

A photo of a set of ancient brown bottles standing next to one another in shadows

Bearded men bottles could have been filled with urine and hair to ward off 17th century witches

Archaeologists in Hampshire say a set of four bottles, found during construction work on a BT building in 1981, could have contained antidotes to throw back evil spells.

History & Heritage

a photo of a various fragments of bone with annotation

Ice Age Britons were cannibals say Natural History Museum scientists

New research on human remains from Gough’s Cave in Somerset reveals how our Stone Age ancestors participated in ritual cannibalism.

Science & Nature

A photo of a large modern museum in a brown brick venue on a city street

The magic fairy dust of the game: National Videogame Arcade powers up in Nottingham

Showing computer science as a discipline but still encouraging adults to do battle with virtual pants, the new £2.5 million centre for videogaming is about to open.

Painting & Drawing

a painting in various shades of brown of a man peering down a man hole

Prunella Clough's Unconsidered Wastelands reconsidered at Osborne Samuel

Prunella Clough's Unconsidered Wastelands come under the spotlight in a show of more than 70 paintings and works on paper by the famously self-effacing artist at London's Osborne Samuel.

Dinosaurs & Fossils

A photo of a dinosaur skull against a black background

Scientists create first 3D skull reconstruction of tetrapod from 360 million years ago

A tetrapod which reached land around 360 million years ago has been likened to a modern crocodile by scientists who have used software techniques to scan its bones.

Royal History

A photo of a human backbone spine against a black background

Monster, villain and clown: Richard III tried to hide scoliosis before cruel depictions were made, new research says

The king could have tried to hide his scoliosis before his body was exhibited following his death at the Battle of Bosworth, says the University of Leicester's Dr Mary Ann Lund.

Military History

a photo of a woman dressed in First World War gear offering a piece of cake to a man in a cockpit

Discovery of family recipe allows RAF Museum to recreate fighter ace's favourite plum cake

The chance discovery of an old family recipe has allowed the RAF Museum to recreate the plum cake loved by First World War Royal Flying Corps fighter ace Albert Ball.

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