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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 …

The Brain

Vinyl back in the charts as drastic plastic sales soar

Soaring sales of the drastic plastic, or vinyl records, has led to the introduction of a weekly vinyl chart in the UK.<p>Former Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher and his band High Flying Birds hit the heights on two fronts topping the vinyl album charts with ‘Chasing Yesterday’ and the singles list with …

Samsung estimates Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge sales could reach 70 million

Samsung might have had a rough year in 2014, but things are certainly looking up for 2015 so far. The Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are both finding warm reception across the globe. In particular, the Galaxy S6 Edge is said to be surpassing expectations, thanks to its unique design that helps it …

Mobile

Your happiness is part of something bigger

Have you ever thought about what makes you happy? Or realized that what makes you happy isn’t necessarily the same as what makes others happy? These …

10 best email apps for Android

Email is one of the oldest and most important forms of online communication. It’s a service many of us use every single day. There are tons of email services and email apps that accompany them. Some may only have a single account on something like Gmail, Outlook, or Yahoo. Their individual apps …

Apps

Vinyl’s difficult comeback

Can the creaking machinery of the few remaining record pressing plants cope with demand?<p>On an industrial estate in Röbel, 90 miles north of Berlin, the vinyl presses at the Optimal factory were grinding and pumping away. They made a percussive racket – regular clunks, wheezes, and hisses, underlain …

New Jersey

Five Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Streaming Music Service

Someone you work with may have a 13-hour Spotify playlist comprised entirely of calming wind chimes.<p>It took me a while to get into Internet-based “streaming” music services. But I’ve finally warmed up to the idea that music files don’t have to be something that I physically possess.<p>And streaming …

The Beatles Chart Their 31st Top 10 Album

'On Air - Live at the BBC Volume 2' debuted at Number Seven<p>The latest Beatles release, <i>On Air – Live at the BBC Volume 2</i>, has debuted at Number Seven …

Listen: U2’s “Ordinary Love”, their first new song in three years

U2 return today with “Ordinary Love”, their first new song in over three years, which was written specifically for the forthcoming Nelson Mandela …

U2 Inspired by Mandela on 'Ordinary Love'

The band release their new song for the biopic<p>After teasing their new song "Ordinary Love" in the trailer to the movie <i>Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom</i>, …

Broken Bells Throw a Space Party in New 'After the Disco' Video

It's the second short film that previews their new album<p>The surrealistic story of an alien encounter with Shins frontman James Mercer and Danger …

The Beatles: Revisiting The White Album

Forty-five years ago today, The Beatles released what would be their highest-selling and arguably most polarizing album to date, an eponymous release …

The Band’s “Last Waltz” to be recreated song for song at tribute concert

On Thanksgiving Day, November 25th, 1976, The Band staged their triumphant farewell gig “The Last Waltz” at San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom. Now, …

Lana Del Rey's 'Tropico' Trailer: Ice Cream, Strippers and More

The singer's short film arrives December 5th<p>Lana Del Rey's upcoming short film, <i>Tropico</i>, now has an official trailer — and it's jam-packed with …

Amos Lee On World Cafe

On this installment of<i>World Cafe</i>, folk-soul musician Amos Lee returns to the WXPN studios to perform a rousing live set. Lee released his first album in 2005; six years later, <i>Mission Bell</i> made its debut at No. 1 on the <i>Billboard</i> album chart.<p>The singer-songwriter's new album — <i>Mountains of Sorrow,</i> …

The pop A-Z of 2013 - in pictures

From Morrissey's literary debut to Miley Cyrus and her wrecking ball, it's been a memorable year in the world of pop. Here, we recall the key moments, biggest trends and inexplicable hits

Bob Dylan – review

Clyde Auditorium The great man makes few concessions to his audience, but for true believers there is enlightenment to be had<p>"Show us your welding, Bobby!" called a raucous voice from the stalls as Mr Zimmerman's first set ground to a close, and I use the term advisedly; Bob Dylan never quite lilts …

A Quick and Dirty Guide To Depth of Field

<i>Aperture –</i> One of the first things we learn in our studies as photographers is about aperture. Not only does it control the amount light that passes …

Landscape Photography

How to Turn Your Cellphone Into a Music Player Device

It's a noisy world and sometimes you can feel overwhelmed by the noise. How do you counteract the effect of hearing noise that you haven't chosen? By …

How to Make Halloween Nail Art

For the ultimate in Halloween nail art, create 10 digits of funky, spooky nails that will compliment any costume and make you the hit of the …

How to Make Glow in the Dark Cupcakes

Want to make glow in the dark cupcakes? Want to save that money from buying that expensive glow in the dark frosting? Have no fear! This article will …

Dessert

How to Put Together a Cheese Plate

to Put Together a Cheese Plate<p>1<p><b>Pick your cheeses.</b> Ask your cheesemonger for suggestions if you have no idea where to start. For a cheese platter, you …

How to Photograph Wild Birds

There are very few places on this earth where you won't find birds. They make wonderful subjects for photography, in flight, seated on a nest, …

How to Crush a Can with Air Pressure

You can crush a soda can using nothing more than a heat source and a bowl of water. This is a great visual demonstration of some simple scientific …

Hummingbirds