Van Gogh's bedroom gets digital makeover

Scientists in Chicago have produced a visualisation of van Gogh's Bedroom in Arles, showing what it would have looked like before its colours faded.
The artist painted three versions of this famous scene, using broadly the same colour scheme.
But time and light degradation have taken their toll on the pigments.
Using a variety of techniques, the researchers have digitally restored the light blue walls and door to their original lilac and purple, according to BBC.

The computer visualisation is part of a major new exhibition at the The Art Institute of Chicago, which brings together all three versions for only the second time since van Gogh produced them.
It is hoped visitors to the exhibition will get a deeper sense of the emotions the 19th Century artist was trying to convey in the works.

Feeling good about the future? Hold that thought

Looking on the bright side of life could cause unhappiness in the long term, new research suggests.

The findings suggest positive fantasies about how future events will turn out can boost your mood in the here and now, but they may actually lead to increased depressive symptoms in the long run.

This is because you set yourself up for disappointment and when your future doesn't live up to your fantasies, it can cause you to become depressed.

Elsewhere, unrealistic wishful thinking, while making us feel good for a while, does nothing to tackle the causes of unhappiness, said the authors.

Henry VIII was 'angry, impulsive and impotent' due to a JOUSTING injury

Researchers analysed Henry’s letters and other historical sources to document his known medical history and events that may have contributed to his ailments

Historians who have suggested Henry VIII suffered from a traumatic head injury include Lucy Worsley, the presenter of historical documentaries.

Henry suffered two major head injuries during his 30s. In 1524, a lance penetrated the visor of his helmet during a jousting tournament and dazed him

Popular fairy tales back to the Bronze Age

Academics have revealed that fairy tales including Beauty And The Beast and Rumpelstiltskin can be traced back thousands of years, with some even predating the English language.

In the 19th century Wilhelm Grimm, of the famous Brothers Grimm, believed that many of the stories they popularised were rooted in a shared cultural history dating back to the birth of the Indo-European language family. 

But later thinkers challenged that view, saying that some stories were much younger, and passed into oral tradition having first been written down by writers from the 16th and 17th centuries.

Beatrix Potter tale Kitty-in-Boots uncovered after 100 years

A new story written by Beatrix Potter more than 100 years ago, featuring Peter Rabbit, is to be published for the first time.

The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots was rediscovered by publisher Jo Hanks after she found a reference to it in an out-of-print Potter biography, according to BBC.

Quentin Blake, best known for his work with Roald Dahl, has illustrated the story, to be published in September.