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What are the greatest chords in music history?

The Telegraph's classical music critic Ivan Hewett is presenting a new Radio 4 series on music's five greatest chords. Here he explains more.<p>What a slender, evanescent thing is a musical chord. Just a stack of notes sounded together, a vibration of the air lasting a few seconds at most. Yet as I …

Flute

How warming seas are forcing fish to seek new waters

Rising sea temperatures are pushing shoals hundreds of miles from native grounds<p>Scottish fishermen have uncovered an intriguing way to supplement their income: they have added squid to the menu of marine creatures they regularly pull from the sea. A species normally associated with the warmth of …

World Population Growth

First published in 2013; updated April, 2017.<p>200 years ago there were less than one billion humans living on earth. Today, according to UN …

Geography

The best trailers from Comic-Con 2016

The gargantuan comic event that is currently taking place in San Diego has seen a deluge of pop culture announcements, celebrity appearances, trailers and more – which poses a hefty challenge to those trying to keep up from afar.<p>Brie Larson to play Captain Marvel<p>To make life a dab easier, these are …

How to Hack Your Hormones So You Can Sleep Better, Gain Muscle, and Have More Sex

Science says you can control your chemistry. Here’s how<p>Think of your body as a Fortune 500 company. There are layers of management, countless systems that must work together seamlessly, and tons of goals that occasionally conflict.<p>In other words, it’s complicated. Thankfully, you don’t have to …

Einstein’s musical talent helped propel his scientific breakthroughs

As we marvel at science’s latest extraordinary breakthrough, it’s also an opportunity to ponder what kind of thinker Albert Einstein was.<p>Born two decades before the beginning of the 20th century, what kind of mind was his that could come up with ideas that would have to wait until the second decade …

Flute

The solution to climate change that has nothing to do with cars or coal

AMAZONAS, Brazil – At the base of a towering, 150-foot-high angelim tree, the scattered sloth claws and clumps of fur are a dead giveaway.<p>The tree contains the nest of a harpy eagle, a bird so powerful it kills monkeys and sloths by tearing them from the trees with its enormous claws. Its presence …

Biodiversity

‘Bombshell discovery’: Human brain can hold 10 times more memories than previously thought – study

The human brain can hold 10 times more memories than previously believed, according to a new study. The key to its amazing ability lies in synapses, …

Time flies when you're a subatomic particle – new quantum mechanics turns spacetime on its head

Our ideas about time and the "direction" it moves in may need to go back to the drawing board, says physicist Joan Vaccaro, from Griffith University …

Quantum Mechanics

How attitudes about global warming compare to the actual warming of the globe

The bars in red on the graph below are the 20 hottest years on human record. There were hotter years, like when the Earth was still mostly molten rock. But since mankind has had the capability to actually measure temperatures around the world, the 20 bars below indicate the hottest years we've seen.<p>…

Global Warming

Dutch PM says refugee crisis could shut down Europe's open borders for good

EU leaders use Davos economic summit to voice concern at numbers of migrants and warn of threat to Schengen agreement over continent-wide travel<p>Mounting concern in Europe over the scale of the refugee crisis burst into the open when the Dutch prime minister warned that without a reduction in the …

Slump in oil prices drives green energy takeup in top exporting nations

With oil at below $30 a barrel, countries such as Saudi Arabia, Russia, Iran and Kuwait are looking to curb fossil fuel use at home to maximise export profits<p>The oil price slump below $30 barrel is spurring some of the world’s biggest oil exporters to curb domestic consumption of fossil fuels and …

Renewable Energy

15 books successful people read to their kids

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, reading aloud to your children and talking about pictures and words in age-appropriate books can strengthen language skills, literacy development, and parent-child relationships.<p>What's more, a study conducted this year by a number of pediatricians …

Books
Geopolitics

How Google Glass v2 Could Change The Enterprise

This week a new device passed through the FCC—codenamed GG1—and many have speculated that it’s the next generation of the Google Glass hardware. While the Explorer Edition was anything but a runaway success, what some are calling the “Enterprise Edition” could very well be what Glass needs to take …

Augmented Reality

The meaning of life, according to Google's chatbot AI

Google's chatbot artificial intelligence has some interesting -- and not entirely illogical -- ideas about morality, philosophy and the meaning of life.<p>Conversations with chatbots are interesting, in a short-lived sort of way. If you take Cleverbot for a spin, for example, you quickly run into …

Why You’re Pretty Much Unconscious All the Time

Your body has a lot of nifty parts, but it’s the brain that’s the <i>it</i> organ of the summer. The brain’s all-the-rage moment is mostly a result of the …

Save the Trees, Save the People

A new study shows that conservation efforts in the Brazilian Amazon are linked to lower rates of some diseases.<p>In <i>The Lorax,</i> Dr. Seuss’s classic children’s conservation parable, after an entrepreneur comes to town and chops down all the tufty truffula trees to make onesies, he gets fully reamed out …

Ecology

9 Ways to Meet and Understand Your Audience

“Know your customer” is a tenet of Business 101, but I’m often surprised at how many business owners and brand managers don’t follow it. The best consumer research is that which allows you to understand who your customer is as a full person -- his or her aspirations, habits and surroundings.<p>Ideally …

5 Key Takeaways From the Latest Climate Change Report

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change calls for a dramatic shift from fossil fuels, aiming to influence world leaders to take concrete steps.<p><b>The latest report from the main international panel charged with assessing climate change, released today in Copenhagen, shouts the same basic message</b> …

Climate

16 Incredibly Useful Google Products And Services You Didn't Know Existed

While those products and services sound amazing, you can't use them right now. But the company actually has a bunch of other ones that are incredibly useful that you might not even know existed.<p>For example, did you know that Google can guide you through your wedding?

Hubble Space Telescope