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Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” Song Is Completely Transformed When Slowed to 33 RPM

It’s not unusual for a classic tune to be reimagined. Most of the time, this is done when another musician performs it as a cover song, but its recreation can be even simpler than that. Many years ago, Dolly Parton’s 1973 hit “Jolene” was slowed down from the original 45 RPM record to just 33 RPM. …

Dolly Parton

10 Best Pictures of the Day 9.12.18

Fashion Week

Neutron star collision named biggest scientific breakthrough of 2017

The discovery of two neutron stars violently colliding has been named the top scientific breakthrough of 2017 by the journal Science.<p>Scientists from …

Pink Floyd Exhibition in London: Pictures

Pink Floyd

The All-True, Unbelievable, Death-Defying Tale of the World’s Greatest Paraplegic Surfer

Armchair archaeology: find lost civilisations using your laptop

Ever fancied making like Indiana Jones and searching for ancient treasures? Now you can do it in your pyjamas<p>Indiana Jones had to eat chilled monkey brains, escape from snake pits and punch Nazis. I’m at home in my pyjamas, looking at blurry bits of ground and using 90 seconds of training to click …

New details emerge about Palantir’s custom software for spy agencies

A new report by The Intercept provides some compelling specifics on collaboration between Palo Alto’s secretive big data shop Palantir and the intelligence agencies that it keeps on its client roster.<p>While some broad strokes are known about Palantir’s relationship with spy agencies, the finer …

Call of Cthulhu Now a Seuss Book and It’s Terrifying

I cannot believe I am going to write this next sentence.<p>If you are a Lovecraft fan, <i>The Call of Cthulhu for Beginning Readers</i> is a must-have volume …

Revealed: the best place to live in the UK

What makes a place the perfect place to live? According to Halifax, it is health and life expectancy, employment and earnings, low crime rates, general levels of well-being, and access to places for socialising and downtime.<p>Halifax has crunched the numbers – including important issues such as the …

The Selects: From the Book ‘Total Excess’

San Francisco

Google's Image-Captioning AI Is Getting Scary Good

The machine knows more than just what's in a picture. It's learning to understand what those people and objects are doing.<p>Google has released the latest iteration of its machine learning system that figures out what's in an image and captions it, and it's better than ever. The company also made it …

Hangouts adds a ton of Easter eggs and an in-app browser

The last update to Hangouts on Android added arguably the greatest emoticon of them all:<p>¯\_(ツ)_/¯, also known as the shruggie.<p>That was literally the only real update in Hangouts v12. But as spotted by Android Police, Hangouts v13 adds a whole slew of new emoticon Easter eggs.<p>Here’s the full list of …

15 Must-Read Science Fiction and Fantasy Books Arriving This August

The end of summer is slowly approaching, but there’s no wrong time to do some lazy-day reading. Or, as the case may be, …

WWII Sim ‘Hearts of Iron IV’ Makes the Modern World Look Like It’s On the Brink

Where the world stands in 2016 is much like where it was in 1936, which is where Paradox's strategy game begins.<p>A specter is haunting Europe—the specter of fascism. Or maybe it's the specter of terrorism, nativism, Russian irredentism, or any number of other unpleasant <i>isms</i>. But it's clear the world …

This Week in Popular

From aerial views of seascapes to portraits taken during golden hour to a magical macro shot that blew our minds—the week ended off on a very strong …

Russia moves toward alarming new counter-terrorism law

The lower house of Russia's parliament has passed so-called anti-terrorism legislation that would allow steep prison sentences for dissent, and require ISPs and phone companies to store huge amounts of communications for long periods of time, <i>The Guardian</i> reports. The "Yarovaya law" would also make …

Counterterrorism

Grunt Shows How Science Can Make a Soldier's Life a Little Less Hellish

A new book by bestselling author Mary Roach is always cause for celebration. In <i>Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War</i>, she brings her keen eye …

How concrete crosses in desert helped fight the Cold War

CASA GRANDE, Ariz. — Roughly south of here, in a vast expanse of desert dotted with scrub brush and devoid of footprints, riddles exist in plain sight.<p>Wander into just the right place, a pixel on a limitless plain, and it stands out like a beacon of improbability, a sliver of exactness in a random …

Apple and Microsoft are fighting a secret war for the future of technology

Since the advent of the Apple II and the rise of the mass-market consumer PC, you hear "computer" and you think "monitor, mouse, keyboard," in some variation.<p>But ever since the iPhone first launched in 2007, there's been a shift, first away from the PC and toward tiny, pocket-sized computers with …

2nd Zumwalt-class destroyer christened in honor of Navy SEAL

BATH, Maine (AP) — The mother of a fallen Navy SEAL christened the second Zumwalt-class guided missile destroyer Saturday in honor of her son, who …

This Is The Must-Have Phone Accessory Of 2016

Of the many major announcements Google made at its annual developer conference last week, from the debut of a connected jacket, to a smart home …

The Selects: Unspoiled Beauty of the American West

Here's what it looks like when a Russian submarine gets intercepted by the Royal Navy

On Sunday the Royal Navy's HMS Kent frigate ship intercepted a Russian Kilo-class submarine, after it surfaced in the North Sea off the eastern coast of England.<p>Russia's Stary Oskol, capable of carrying torpedoes and cruise missiles, was on its way toward the English Channel.<p>After the incident, …

Hubble captures amazing view of Milky Way

<b>(CNN) —</b> Stars upon stars upon stars.<p>In a new image, the Hubble Space Telescope peers into the center of the Milky Way, showcasing the star cluster at the center.<p>According to NASA, the photo contains more than a half-million stars. The star cluster is the densest in the galaxy.<p>Much of the light cast …

'Mein Kampf' to be republished in Germany 70 years after Hitler's death

<b>(CNN) —</b> There may be no taboo greater in Germany than to republish Adolf Hitler's manifesto, "Mein Kampf." But historians in Munich are about to break it.<p>The Institute for Contemporary History is reprinting the murderous dictator's book and will sell it in bookstores for 59 euros ($63) a copy, …

This declassified US intelligence report from 1990 is one of the most terrifying things you'll ever read

Now we finally know it was also one of the most dangerous, thanks to a February 1990 report published by the National Security Archive at George Washington University this week after a 12-year Freedom of Information Act battle.<p>The US and Soviets were dangerously close to going to war in November …

Animal pictures of the week: 16 October 2015 - Telegraph

30 places to see before you turn 30

Amazing destinations around the world cater to the particular strengths and challenges of the twenty-something set.<p>These spots might be more physically challenging or tougher on your schedule.<p>They might be easier on the wallet, or a reveler's playground best appreciated while you can still stay up …