Robots before 1900 – must be a wind-up! – The Automaton

Sometimes, realising that what seems new is actually old can be surprising and fascinating. Take robots as an example. They are now at an advanced stage compared to 10 years ago and that speed of development is increasing. But the concept of a robot as a device that is engineered to serve a duty, construct […]

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Climate Change – Make it Personal

*This article continues a series of posts focused on UIG’s Mission 2022: Climate Change.  Help us build a comprehensive climate change collection by contributing visual content to UIG.  Contact us at info@universalimagesgroup.com ================================================================ Climate Change is a crisis that requires global leadership in setting policies and committing to shared goals.  As we look to our governments to address climate […]

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Time to Travel: Ireland

As the Saint Patrick’s Day parades and festive parties end, thoughts begin to turn to Spring and warmer temperatures for those of us in the northern hemisphere.  Late spring and summer are also perfect times to visit the land of Saint Patrick – Ireland! From it’s bustling and culturally rich nightlife of Dublin and Galway, to […]

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On the Road

In honor of the 100th anniversary of “On the Road” author Jack Kerouac’s birth, and in spite of rising   fuel prices, we thought we’d dream a bit of hitting the road.  Whether travelling the dramatic Icefields Parkway through the Canadian Rockies or Pakistan and China’s Karakoram Highway, the world’s most scenic mountain rides feature stunning vistas, steep climbs, […]

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“An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.” — Mahatma Gandhi

On the 100th anniversary of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi’s (1869-1948) arrest for sedition, we honor one of the greatest champions for human rights our world has ever known.  Gandhi’s doctrine of Satyagraha (nonviolent protest to achieve political and social progress) has inspired positive change worldwide in the past century, including the Civil Rights movement in the United States. […]

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Mission 2022: Climate Change

This article continues a series of posts focused on UIG’s Mission 2022: Climate Change.  Help us build a comprehensive climate change collection by contributing content to UIG.  Contact us at info@universalimagesgroup.com Desertification The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in 1994 defined desertification as “land degradation in arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas resulting from various factors, including climatic […]

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Carnival Season in Italy

From the solemnity of Christmas to the raucousness of New Year’s, revelers of tradition and colorful festivals turn their attention to carnival season.  While the ancient origins of carnival celebrations suggest they were timed as New Year’s festivals, the modern-day carnival evolved to be more closely associated with the beginning of Lent.  The Roman Catholic liturgical calendar […]

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The Color Red

By Francesca Lungarotti The color red’s history is as rich and meaningful as the color itself.  Red was the first color developed for painting and dying.  It symbolized the religious contrast between the blood of Christ and the fires of Hell, and as far back as the Middle Ages, red was associated with love, lust, and anger. […]

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Capturing the Spiritual and Developing World with Godong

The two pillars of Godong’s photographic archive are “God” and “NGO’s”.  The French agency’s comprehensive religious collection features aesthetic and educational photography covering the world’s major faiths as well as religious icons, traditions, events and notable persons.   Godong complements its religious coverage with a focus on the developing world, thanks to its partnerships with several NGO’s. At […]

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Mission 2022: Climate Change – Disappearing Sea Ice

This is the first of a series of posts focused on UIG’s Mission 2022: Climate Change.  Help us build a comprehensive climate change collection by contributing content to UIG.  Contact us at info@universalimagesgroup.com One of the dangerous consequences from global warming is the disappearance of sea ice in polar regions and the direct affect this has on climate […]

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