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The 2020 winners of Nikon’s annual Small World photomicrography competition have been announced. Prepare to be dazzled.

Why are some works of art stolen multiple times? Criminal prestige, mostly. But also to be used as leverage in order to reduce potential prison sentences.

Was Richard III “a bully, a thief, and a murderer who usurped the throne by killing the ‘Princes in the Tower’ (the boy-king Edward V and his brother, Richard, Duke of York)”? Or is it more accurate to say that “his vices were exaggerated by Tudor propagandists and that he was a pious Catholic, a courageous soldier, and a conscientious ruler”? Um…yes.

C’mon, folks. 2020 is clearly not the year to be engaging in this sort of nonsense.



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