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USC orchestra takes on movie music at John Williams’ show

The music from movie classics will fill the Koger Center Tuesday when the University of South Carolina Symphony Orchestra takes on scores from famed …

Bodybuilding supplements fuel eating disorders in some men, study suggests

Gym rats may seem to be the picture of good health, but a new study suggests that many men who prioritize their workouts are abusing legal bodybuilding supplements to achieve their lean and muscular look.<p>More than 40% of men surveyed by researchers from the California School of Professional …

Howard Rumsey dies at 97; bassist brought West Coast jazz to life

Howard Rumsey, a bass player who turned a down-at-the-heels sailors' hangout in Hermosa Beach into ground zero for West Coast jazz, has died. He was 97.<p>Rumsey, whose Lighthouse Cafe provided a hip, popular showplace for established musicians and a proving ground for up-and-coming players, died July …

The strange phenomenon of musical 'skin orgasms'

Some people feel music so strongly the sensations can be compared to sex. How does a good song move the body and mind in this way, asks David Robson.<p>Sometimes music strikes the body like a bolt of lightning. “I was in a friend’s dorm room in my third year as an undergraduate,” Psyche Loui …

Flute

Do You Have A Mellow Music Brain Or An Intense One?

Cognitive style linked to preference in pop music<p>You truly believe that Kanye is the best musician on the planet. Is it simply a matter of taste, or is something else going on?<p>Although there’s no doubt that music preferences change over time and are shaped by social factors like what our friends …

Nasa may have found the most Earth-like planet to date

<i>UPDATE: Nasa has now announced its findings. Read all about it here.</i><p>Nasa may have just found the closest thing to an Earth-like planet in the …

10 songs to play to children to teach them about life | Laura Barton

British schoolchildren are to have Haydn, the Beatles’ Sgt Pepper album, and Santana foisted on them in the classroom. What popular music do you think should play a role in young people’s education?

Can Music Be Used as Medicine?

Biometric trackers are helping scientists tap into the body's response to songs and sound.<p>“Because you listened to Drake, how about Future next?”<p>Pandora, Spotify, and other music-streaming services try to predict what users might like to listen to, based on their tastes and what’s popular with …

What would you see in a black hole?

What would it be like to fly a spacecraft into a black hole? Marcus Woo investigates.<p>Something about a black hole just pulls you in. Sure, its gravity is so strong that not even light can elude its grasp. But, there's something else, something harder to pinpoint. Maybe it's a black hole's absolute …

blackholes

How the Rich Stole Jazz Music

You can still find the cream of New Orleans music at the city’s Jazz and Heritage Festival, but critics say high ticket prices keep most of the …

Classical music: Why is Beethoven so popular? And why do all-Beethoven concerts work so well? Conductor Andrew Sewell answers these questions even as he prepares to perform the all-Beethoven concert tonight by the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra.

By Jacob Stockinger<i>Tonight at 8 p.m. in the Capitol Theater of the Overture Center, conductor Andrew Sewell (below top) will lead the Wisconsin</i> …

Bach: Why is the composer so beloved?

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora, the best answer to any question. Ask a question, get a great answer. Learn from experts and access</i> …

Flute

The case for genetically engineered babies

Photograph: Zoonar GmbH/Alamy<p>An illustration of a DNA strand. We know that some genes are bad in nearly every conceivable environment; do we lose anything by editing them out of the human …

Genetics

Johann Sebastian Bach: Bach The Jailbird

Johann Sebastian Bach did the crime – speaking ill of the Prince – and did his time in jail in 1717. Prof. Robert Greenberg tells the story of the …

Flute

Leonard Bernstein’s First “Young People’s Concert” at Carnegie Hall Asks, “What Does Music Mean?”

We’ve written before about the public service Leonard Bernstein rendered the American public as an ambassador of classical music. Bernstein made some …

How (not) to behave: Manners and the classical music audience

Thou shalt not talk. Thou shalt not clap in the wrong places. Thou shalt not unwrap cough drops in crinkly paper during the music. Thou shalt not use thy cellphone.<p>You can find the prohibitions, in various forms, printed in the back pages of concert playbills around the country, often under rubrics …

Yes, your pictures of Myanmar are pretty. But these are prettier

About 25 years ago, when lifelong Californian David Heath was in the early stages of a career in business, he stepped into a client's office, sat down and saw behind the client a big, strange, beautiful photo: the plains of Bagan, dotted with ancient temples. Burma.<p>"That's my country," the client …

Asia

Pumping iron failing to make you leaner? Blame your genes

You're a regular in the gym's weight room, grunting and sweating in hopes of turning fat into muscle and maybe even losing some weight. And yet your goal eludes you.<p>New research on women finds that some are resistant to resistance training. For these women, the new study suggests, a welter of …

Wearing a Suit Makes People Think Differently

Formalwear elicits feelings of power, which change some mental processes.<p>Some psychology research in recent years is making an old aphorism look like an incomplete thought: Clothes make the man… Yes? Go on?<p>Clothes, it appears, make the man perceive the world differently.<p>A new study looks …

What’s the most we can remember?

People with extraordinary memory talents suggest that your mind may be capable of retaining more than you think, says Adam Hadhazy.<p>Unlike digital cameras with full memory cards that cannot snap any more pictures, our brains never seem to run out of room. Yet it defies logic that one adult human …

Humanity

Healthy Recipes: 5 Muscle-Building Breakfasts

How many times have you heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day? Not to sound like a broken record, but it is. What you eat in the …

The Men's Fitness Food Pyramid

10 Grooming Products Guys Should Steal from Their Girlfriends

Shy Women Can Still Have Great Sex

There’s been a lot of ink spilled recently about introversion, extroversion, and the benefits and drawbacks of both. The way people interact with one another affects every aspect of their lives, from the office to the bedroom. And one recent study, published late last year in the journal <i>Sexual</i> …

A tetrad of lunar eclipses, next one October 8

Monday’s eclipse marks the beginning of a special eclipse series known as a tetrad – four total lunar eclipses in a row, with no partial eclipses in …

Top 10 cool things about stars

Here’s a collection of 10 unexpected, intriguing facts about the stars of our universe – including our sun – that you probably didn’t know!<p><b>1. Every</b> …

Science Jokes From Our Twitter Followers

Check out some of our favorite science jokes.<p>On Monday, we asked our Twitter followers, "What's your favorite science joke?" The nerds delivered. Here are our favorite science jokes, organized by subject.<p>Chemistry<p>@PopSci I was going to tell a joke about sodium, but Na.— Ian Haygreen (@IanHaygreen) …

Wynton Marsalis

On this tour, we have played 19 concerts of various sizes and shapes; 104 different compositions by over 33 different composers. Finally, we get to …