Thomas Percy (Gunpowder Plot) (nom), something of a rogue, a man who would do whatever it took to get the job done. He also reportedly had a bit on the side, was into bribery, killing and most importantly, pork pies (Parrot of Doom).
My honorable mentions go to Petrified Forest National Park, which showed there is much more to the park than fossilized trees, and Ronnie Lee Gardner, a murderer executed by Utah whose article is a model of neutrality. My choice for best article is Aylesbury duck, which I had not heard of before. I really enjoyed the story of this breed, how its rise was linked to the coming of the railroads, and how its decline was tied to the introduction of the Pekin duck and the world wars. It was the article I kept thinking of most after I had read them all."
Cellular sponges in a work of art created by Ernst Haeckel (1834–1919), the eminent German biologist and naturalist who discovered, described and named thousands of new species, mapped a genealogical tree relating all life forms, and coined many terms in biology. The file was uploaded by former Signpost editor-in-chief Ragesoss.
New featured picture, Actiniaria, a painting of sea anemones, created by Merculiano and restored by Citron
Ten images were promoted. Medium-sized images can be viewed by clicking on "nom":
Hera Hjartardóttir (nom), a singer-songwriter from Iceland who now lives in Christchurch, New Zealand. Her facial art is "inspired by moko and also by Celtic warrior paint", and is intended to represent both her Icelandic and New Zealand heritage. Created by the photographer Kyle Cassidy.
Prague Panorama (nom), a 180° view of Prague, the historic capital of the Czech Republic, as viewed from Petřín Lookout Tower (Diliff; picture at top).
Bison bonasus (nom), the wisent, or European bison, the heaviest of the surviving land mammals in Europe. This moulting male was photographed in a game park near Springe in Germany (created by Michael Gäbler).
The Boulder Brain Coral (nom), a species of coral distributed in the Gulf of Mexico and the entire Caribbean region, including coastal regions of the South American mainland, where it occurs down to depths of 50 metres (created by Nick Hobgood, small edit by Papa Lima Whiskey).
Actiniaria (nom), a painting of sea anemones (created by Merculiano and restored by Citron; picture at right).
Choice of the week.Wackywace, a regular reviewer and nominator at featured picture candidates, told The Signpost:
"One image that really impressed me this week was this panoramic image of Prague. There were some concerns during the nomination about the lighting, but I think the way the image moves from light to dark is incredibly striking. What I really appreciate about this image, though, is that you can spend ages looking at intricate details. From the bright orange tiles lining the tops of buildings, to the blue of the winding Vltava, it is the amazing things there are to see in this panorama. My regards to Diliff for taking such a beautiful and vibrant picture."
A new featured picture by Alchemist-hp: cadmium bar and 1 cm3 cube (purity 99.999%)