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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“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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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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New Collection Spotlight: Pictures from History

UIG are delighted to announce we are now distributing the Pictures from History collection.  This specialist historical library features a comprehensive archive of Asian history, art, and culture.  The collection has grown since its beginnings to include contemporary images of Asia as well as history and cultural heritage content from the Middle East and Africa. The Pictures […]

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Winter Sports

The 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, China begins Friday, February 7.  The 2022 Games start a little more than 98 years after the original winter games were hosted in Chamonix, France in 1924.  The 1924 competition was titled “International Winter Sports Week” and was later reclassified as the first Winter Olympic Games by the International Olympic […]

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2021 at UIG

We’re very fortunate at UIG.  We get to work with talented artists and passionate storytellers every day.  We spend our time reviewing and editing thousands of new images from a diverse group of contributors from across our beautiful planet.  Through their eyes and through their images we experience the world around us.  We are inspired by our contributors to […]

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December 10th is Human Rights Day

On December 10, 1948, the United Nations adopted the landmark Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The UDHR proclaims the inalienable rights we all share as human beings, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.  The UDHR can be read here: https://www.un.org/en/about-us/universal-declaration-of-human-rights Human Rights […]

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Navigating the history of maps

From the early Babylonians to Google Earth, the history of cartography has continued evolving to better support an increasingly connected world.  For more than 5000 years, humans have been creating and using maps to better navigate and understand the world around us. The Babylonians, believed to be the world’s first cartographers, mapped the world in a […]

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John Rennie the Elder

On October 4, 1821 John Rennie the Elder passed away.  The Scottish civil engineer designed many bridges across the United Kingdom, including the famous Waterloo Bridge over London’s Thames River, which was finished in 1817.  Rennie had two other London bridges – Southwark (completed in 1819) and New London Bridge (opened in 1831).  After Rennie’s death, his sons […]

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History of Physics

Physics is the science that deals with the physical properties and composition of matter and energy, and the physical processes and phenomena of a particular system.  Physics, to many, may seem difficult to understand or relate to, but evidence of the study of physics are all around us and impact our lives daily. We see physics […]

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