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Best jazz albums 2014, plus reissues: Sonny Rollins, Ambrose Akinmusire, Fred Hersch, Frank Kimbrough, and more.

Any year with a new album by Sonny Rollins is a very good year for jazz, and this third volume of self-selected highlights from his previously …

Watch Arcade Fire's Guest-Filled Horror Flick 'Festi'

While most artists use Halloween as a reason to dress up like a giant Cheeto or poke fun at a current legal situation, Arcade Fire picked October …

Horror

The Big Future: Can we build a better brain?

How will the future change the human brain? This week's <i>Big Future</i> takes a look at a new wave of neurological techniques that directly alter the brain's electrical patterns, correcting seizures and movement disorders. Some doctors are even experimenting with using it to treat depression. Could the …

The Surprising Science Behind The Movie 'Interstellar'

From wormhole highways to robotic space companions, scientific experts weigh in on Christopher Nolan's newest sci-fi blockbuster.<p>Asking a team of journalists to rally around a science fiction movie might sound ludicrous. Yet some combination of boundless vision, relaxing of natural laws, and …

Sun Ra’s Full Lecture & Reading List From His 1971 UC Berkeley Course, “The Black Man in the Cosmos”

A pioneer of “Afrofuturism,” bandleader Sun Ra emerged from a traditional swing scene in Alabama, touring the country in his teens as a member of his …

Go way retro with this mechanical-typewriter computer keyboard

Your computer keyboard is a bore. It's a long piece of plastic with more pieces of plastic sticking out. It's not glamorous. It doesn't conjure up images of Ernest Hemingway leaning over a desk, composing great masterpieces of literature. What you need is more excitement from a keyboard. You need a …

Portable

Watch Will Ferrell and Chad Smith Join Forces to Cover the Rolling Stones

Will Ferrell and the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith put aside their doppelganger-fueled rivalry on Friday night to join together on a cover of the …

Music

U2: Songs of Innocence

No other rock band does rebirth like U2. No other band – certainly of U2's duration, commercial success and creative achievement – believes it needs …

Leonard Cohen: Popular Problems review – an octogenarian rejuvenated

It is hard to elicit goodwill for someone who took £5m from a pensioner, but perhaps anyone who loves Leonard Cohen’s music owes his former manager Kelley Lynch a grudging debt of thanks. It’s strange to imagine now, but when Cohen’s 11th studio album, Dear Heather, was released a decade ago, it …

DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist Extend Vinyl-Only Tour Honoring Afrika Bambaataa

Turntable heroes DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist have been on the road with a vinyl-only tour in honor of Afrika Bambaataa. The "Renegades of Rhythm" tour, which exclusively features records from Bambaataa's collection (40,000 records housed in a permanent archive at Cornell University), has been …

Belkin Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker review: Can WiFi make cooking easier?

Frying, baking, grilling, searing, boiling, roasting -- whatever the method, I love to cook. It's not always easy, and sometimes it's just plain hard work, but at least it's the kind of work I enjoy. Even so, I've never used a slow cooker, and have always been a little jealous of my friends who …

Spooky Action In Threes: Physicists Entangle Three Particles Of Light

The entangled triplets are unusually stable.<p>As if it weren't hard enough already to imagine it in twos, physicists have entangled three photons with each other. Entanglement is a counterintuitive quantum physics phenomenon, in which a particle influences all the others with which it's entangled -- …

Smartphone microscope can be made for under a dollar

Suppose you were a first responder, who got called out to investigate a suspicious substance found in a public place. Instead of having to transport …