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Evidence of liquid water found on Mars

<b>Nasa's Curiosity rover has found that water can exist as a liquid near the Martian surface.</b><p>Mars should be too cold to support liquid water at the surface, but salts in the soil lower its freezing point - allowing briny films to form.<p>The results lend credence to a theory that dark streaks seen on …

Geoscience

Verizon's Galaxy Note 4 Android 5.0 update detailed

Another Android 5.0 update is nigh.<p>Verizon has updated the support page for its version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, posting a changelog for the …

Android 5.0 Lollipop now rolling out to the Verizon Galaxy Note 4

If you’re a Galaxy Note 4 owner on Verizon, you’re in for a treat. Big Red is now pushing out Android 5.0 Lollipop, carrying build number N910VVRU1BOAF.<p>As is the case with most other Samsung devices, Android 5.0 Lollipop will bring a slew of awesome aesthetic enhancements and some under-the-hood …

'Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks' Gives a Window Into Basquiat's Mind At Its Most Relaxed

Last night’s opening reception (April 1) for “Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks” made one notion abundantly clear: the Brooklyn Museum is at its best when its exhibitions offer a unique lens into looking at the work of a legendary artist. The show displays Jean-Michel Basquiat’s rarely seen …

An Unusual Irish Piano

Dublin had a flourishing music scene in the eighteenth century. The city had two cathedrals, St. Patrick's and Christ Church, that both employed a …

'Remembering Marian McPartland: A Celebration' On Piano Jazz

Pianist, composer and bandleader Marian McPartland was a renowned jazz artist who performed for seven decades. She was also one of the music's great champions, as host of NPR's <i>Marian McPartland's</i> <i>Piano Jazz</i> for 33 years.<p>On what would have been her 96th birthday, musical friends from her long, full …

LSO/Tilson Thomas/Wang review – restless, forceful and utterly compelling

In the midst of all the excitement surrounding the signing of the London Symphony Orchestra’s next music director, it’s good to be reminded of its enduring relationships with former chiefs – such as Michael Tilson Thomas, now LSO principal guest conductor, whose 70th birthday the orchestra was …

Flute

10 of the best: Essential Richter recordings

The legendary Russian pianist would have been 100 this week. Tom Service picks ten of his essential performances that introduce you to the genius of Sviatoslav Richter<p>One hundred years ago this week the great, the legendary, the enigmatic Russian pianist Sviatoslav Richter was born. Richter lived …

Lang Lang, piano superstar, offers his secrets to musical success

Chinese superstar pianist Lang Lang will perform at a sold-out show in Vancouver on Wednesday night, teaming up with the Vancouver Symphony …

Western Canada

The man who ‘invented’ Impressionism

It’s hard to believe that Monet, Degas and Renoir once faced hostility from the art world. Alastair Sooke reveals how one man changed everything.<p>Few movements in the history of art feel as familiar as Impressionism. Barely a week goes by without Monet and his contemporaries generating headlines for …

THE NEW WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART - NYC - OPENING MAY 1

<b>Whitney Museum of American Art</b><br>99 Gansevoort Street<br>New York, NY 10014<br>Opens May 1st, 2015<p>The new <b>Whitney Museum of American Art</b> will open its new …

Museums

"Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks" @ Brooklyn Museum

Brooklyn Museum will be hosting “Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks,” an exhibition that showcases the<p>Brooklyn Museum will be hosting “Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks,” an exhibition that showcases the personal archives of the all-around creative force Jean-Michel Basquiat. Set to launch this spring, …

Christian Gerhaher expresses himself completely through German song

When he was a student, Christian Gerhaher was too busy getting through medical school to take a full program in music. That's just as well, he says, because otherwise he might have gotten too distracted by other people's ideas about how to sing.<p>Staying off the usual path had a very successful …

Ivo Pogorelich, Royal Festival Hall, review: 'the piano seemed to have gone out of tune'

Should promoters really be selling tickets for such disturbing exhibitionism as this, asks John Allison<p>Never far from controversy at any stage of his career, Ivo Pogorelich hit the headlines early on. At the 1980 Chopin Competition in Warsaw, when Pogorelich was just 21 years old, his failure to …

Piano

Uniting force of classical music

The Tchaikovsky Competition which is held once every four years remains one of the most important platforms for classical music. The competition was …

Van Gogh and the decision that changed art history

In 1878 Van Gogh was a struggling would-be preacher. At his lowest ebb, he began to draw. Alastair Sooke looks back at this pivotal moment in history.<p>In the spring of 1878, Vincent van Gogh turned 25. As he looked back over his short life, the Dutchman found little to celebrate among the meagre …

Aldo Ciccolini obituary

The pianist Aldo Ciccolini, who has died at the age of 89, was famed for his pearly, translucent tone and nimble fingerwork. Though highly regarded by his pupils, who included Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Artur Pizarro and Nicholas Angelich, and by other musicians with whom he performed, notably the …

Flute

Rach 2: It's What They Call Classical Music

In some circles, Rach 2 is derided as being cheesy and sentimental.<p>There’s a moment in Billy Wilder’s 1955 movie “The Seven Year Itch” that I like a …

Classical music: Pianist Aldo Ciccolini, who popularized the music of Erik Satie, is dead at 89.

By Jacob Stockinger<p><b>Did I come to know the pianist Aldo Ciccolini through the music of Erik Satie?</b><p><b>Or did I come to know the music of Erik Satie</b> …

Piano

Galaxy Note 4 Volume/Interruptions setup on Lollipop offers worst of both worlds

Just let me mute my phone<p>The Android 5.0 Lollipop update for the global Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (SM-N910F) dropped in parts of Europe today, opening …

Report: Samsung Galaxy S4 receiving Lollipop 5.0.1 in Russia

As we now progress into the second month of 2015, word has it that Samsung is providing a Lollipop update to the Galaxy S4 in Russia. While it is neither the first Galaxy phone to receive Android 5.0, nor the first Galaxy S4 variant, it stands as an achievement for the fact that Samsung has brought …

Android 5.0 Lollipop OTA hitting Samsung Galaxy S5 in Australia now

One of our lucky readers in Australia woke up this morning to a little surprise from Samsung, Android 5.0 Lollipop has landed on his Galaxy S5.<p>We’ve seen the latest version of Android roll out to the same device in other markets around the globe. Starting in Poland it moved across Europe, but it is …

Samsung Galaxy S5

Gorgeous Traditional Temari, Embroiedered By a 92 Year Old Woman

Temari (meaning handball), is a Japanese folk art form of embroidering balls for handball games or just plain decoration. Back in the day (around 7th century AD), the spheres were made from old kimono remnants that were wadded up into a ball and then wrapped with strips of fabric. Over time, the …

Beats Solo 2 Review

For quite some time now, Beats has been one of the most highly visible brands in the world of consumer audio, and considering the company has recently been acquired by Apple, it isn’t likely that will slow down any time soon. While many are speculating about what the future holds for Beats, this …

12 Underwater Photos of Dogs Fetching Their Ball

Photographer Seth Casteel’s captures of dogs underwater are currently sweeping across the Internet landscape. The Sifter highly recommends you check …