User:Matthew Field took this panoramic photograph at dawn of the city of Pittsburgh from Washington Heights, a steep hill that overlooks the city's skyline. It is now a featured picture.
This week's "Featured content" covers Sunday 29 May – Saturday 4 June
How technical should our articles be? Logarithm is a new featured article that was the subject of prolonged discussion by reviewers.
Madame guillotine in rural England: a 19th-century print of the Halifax Gibbet, the subject of a new featured article. At least 52 people are known to have been beheaded by the device, which was dismantled after Cromwell forbade its use.
New featured article: the air-tractor sledge, damaged in Australia and used in the Antarctica as a tow until abandoned. It is presumed to be still under the ice. This photograph is from 1912.
Striped hooves are a characteristic trait of the Appaloosa, the visually striking breed of horse that is the subject of a new featured article.
Holy Thorn Reliquary (nom), probably created in the 1390s in Paris for John, Duke of Berry, to house a relic of the Crown of Thorns, and bequeathed to the British Museum in 1898. The article has been kindly read by the British Museum curator, "who said nice things about it" and forwarded it to the author of the main source, according to the nominator Johnbod.
Thatgamecompany (nom), an American independent video game developer co-founded by University of Southern California students Kellee Santiago and Jenova Chen. The studio is currently a second-party developer for Sony Computer Entertainment, and is under contract to create three downloadable games for the PlayStation 3's PlayStation Network service. (PresN)
Brockway Mountain Drive (nom), a famous scenic drive in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan that was built as a project of the US government during the Great Depression. This is the first article on a US country road to achieve featured status. (Imzadi1979) picture at bottom
Draped Bust dollar (nom), which began mintage in the same illegal standard as its predecessor, the Flowing Hair dollar; but this was changed when the US Mint hired a new director, Elias Boudinot, who was known for his honesty. (RHM22)
Air-tractor sledge (nom), the first plane to be taken to the Antarctic—a converted fixed-wing aircraft taken on the 1911–14 Australasian Antarctic Expedition. Abandoned when it broke down while towing a train of four sledges in 1913, most of its remains are believed to lie beneath the ice at Cape Denison. (Apterygial)
Logarithm (nom), a fundamental mathematical phenomenon, introduced by John Napier in the early 17th century as a means of simplifying calculations. The nomination involved much debate as to the appropriate level of technicality in such an article, and the treatment of the theme in the lead. (Jakob.scholbach) picture at right
Liber Eliensis (nom), a 12th-century English chronicle and history, covering the period from the founding of the abbey in 673 until the middle of the 12th century. It incorporates documents and stories of saints' lives and is typical of a genre of local history produced in the last quarter of the 12th century. (Ealdgyth)
Five images were promoted. Medium-sized images can be viewed by clicking on "nom":
Nudibranch sea slug (nom; related article), a species of sea slug that reaches 60 mm in length; the nudibranch photographed is yellow with three black stripes on its mantle; the marginal band fades from dark golden yellow at the edge, to a buttery yellow. (Created by Nick Hobgood.)
Maid of the Mist (nom; related article), a boat tour of Niagara Falls, and the name of the boats used for the tour, which takes tourists into the dense mist of spray inside the curve of the Horseshoe Falls, also known as the Canadian Falls. (Created by User:Saffron Blaze.)
Shasta Dam under construction (nom; related article), an arch dam across the Sacramento River at the north end of the Sacramento Valley in California; this photograph of its construction was taken in 1942. (Created by Russell Lee, US Farm Security Administration) picture at right