Hitler’s address book listing him as writer to go on auction
London : Adolf Hitler’s personal address book, signed by the Nazi dictator himself, in which he lists his occupation as a writer is expected to fetch 5,000 pounds at an auction. In a 1932 directory of addresses of people living in Munich, Hitler described himself as ‘schriftsteller’ – author, writer or wordsmith – based on the publication of his book Mein Kampf (My Struggle). His personal copy of the address book, complete with his bill for buying it, is going on sale for an estimated 5,000 pounds through Mullock’s auction house in Ludlow, Shropshire, on August 21. Hitler does not appear in the book until page 413. The directory comes with his original receipt, dated December 19, 1931, before the book’s publication. The Nazi leader then signed and dated his copy when it arrived, the ‘Daily Express’ reported. Also loosely inserted is a printed circular letter, addressed in typescript to Hitler, offering various different versions of the book.
Scientists ‘paint’ the world’s smallest Mona Lisa
Washington : Mini Lisa! Scientists have ‘painted’ a mini version of Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece Mona Lisa on the world’s smallest canvas – a surface one-third the width of a human hair. Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology “painted” the world’s most famous painting Mona Lisa on a substrate surface approximately 30 microns in width. The creation, the “Mini Lisa,” demonstrates a technique that could potentially be used to achieve nanomanufacturing of devices because the team was able to vary the surface concentration of molecules on such short-length scales.