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Unraveling The Berimbau, A Simple Instrument With A Trove Of Hidden Talents

Last year, Brazil lost one of its most famous musicians: Naná Vasconcelos, who put an instrument called the berimbau on the world's musical map. It's a kind of bow with a gourd attached, and it is the inspiration for a new album, <i>MeiaMeia: New Music for Berimbau</i>, by the group Arcomusical.<p>"The …

New Albums

Earth - Organisms might be quantum machines

If there’s any subject that perfectly encapsulates the idea that science is hard to understand, it’s quantum physics. Scientists tell us that the miniature denizens of the quantum realm behave in seemingly impossible ways: they can exist in two places at once, or disappear and reappear somewhere …

Quantum Mechanics

Is Caroline Shaw really the future of music?

The composer won a Pulitzer, collaborated with Kanye West, is about to debut new work in New York and is astonishing both the pop and classical music worlds<p>Decades before Caroline Shaw won the Pulitzer prize for music or collaborated with Kanye West, she was lulled to sleep nightly by her father’s …

Flute

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For first time, scientists use CRISPR-Cas9 to target RNA in live cells

The genetic code stored in DNA determines everything from the color of our eyes to our susceptibility to disease. This has motivated scientists to …

Genetics

The 51 Best Fantasy Series Ever Written

Whether you're a Swords and Sorcery type of fantasy reader, a fan of battles and betrayal, or you just want a few more goddamn elves in your life, there's something for you here. These are the truly great fantasy series written in the last 50 years.

Books

John Horton Conway: the world’s most charismatic mathematician

John Horton Conway is a cross between Archimedes, Mick Jagger and Salvador Dalí. For many years, he worried that his obsession with playing silly games was ruining his career – until he realised that it could lead to extraordinary discoveries<p>On a late September day in 1956, John Horton Conway left …

Mathematics

10 fantasy book series that aren't 'A Song of Ice and Fire'

You love <i>Game of Thrones</i>, but there's only so many times you can read the five available entries in the best-selling series before you go insane — and …

Why Did This Guy Transcribe All These John Coltrane Solos?

For nearly 60 years, <b>Andrew White</b> has committed <b>John Coltrane’s</b> solos to paper, capturing the saxophone giant’s famously free-flight improvisations in …

zx | Once you go functional, you can never go back

Once you go functional, you can never go back<p>Intro<p>Being an imperative (<i>procedural, object-oriented</i>), von Neumann style programmer for many years now, …

The 10 Must Know Jazz Guitar Chords | TWG

Playing the right chords through a jazz standard can be tricky without the right chord vocabulary. In this lesson, we will cover the <b>10 must know jazz</b> …

Charles Mingus: 'Fables of Bass,' Part 1

One of American music's greatest innovators, Charles Mingus was a powerful bass player, an accomplished bandleader and an extraordinarily inventive composer. The ever-impassioned Mingus was a prolific writer of intricate, highly personal music which greatly expanded the palette of jazz. And in …

Harvard professor reveals why America's infrastructure is so awful, who is to blame, and how we can finally fix it

But we never do anything about it.<p>Why not? Who's to blame? And how can we finally fix it?<p>Harvard Business School professor Rosabeth Moss Kanter has written a new book about this. It's called "Move." It's coming out in May and you can pre-order it here.<p>In the meantime, Professor Kanter stopped by …

Income Inequality

Nanotechnology quick test for Ebola

(<i>Nanowerk News</i>) When diagnosing a case of Ebola, time is of the essence. However, existing diagnostic tests take at least a day or two to yield …

Disease

Bitcoin: will 2015 be a make-or-break year?

It is barely understood by the general public, its value is in freefall and it has a serious image problem. Daniel Roberts asks can the currency survive 2015?<p>Last year was an annus horribilis for bitcoin. Its price, once up above $1,200, sunk below $250. The second-largest bitcoin exchange had to …

Bitcoin

The Absurdity of Infinity: Astrophysicist Janna Levin Explains Whether the Universe Is Infinite or Finite in Letters to Her Mother

“The simpler the insight, the more profound the conclusion.”<p>In 1998, while on the cusp of becoming one of the most significant theoretical cosmologists of our time, mathematician-turned-astrophysicist <b>Janna Levin</b> left her post at Berkeley and moved across the Atlantic for a prestigious position at …

Alice In Wonderland

Google and Elon Musk to Decide What Is Good for Humanity

• Partner Content<br>• Author: Roman Ormandy, Embody Corp. Roman Ormandy, Embody Corp<p>The recently published Future of Life Institute (FLI) letter “Research …

How a man used 3D printing to help treat his wife's brain tumor

In the summer of 2013, Pamela Shavaun Scott started having "24/7 severe headaches" — so severe that she couldn't sleep. It wasn't before December …

MakerBot wants you to start 3D-printing in metal and wood (sort of)

The future of 3D printing may depend on the ability print things with properties beyond cheap plastic. We've seen composite materials appear for 3D printers before, but the arrival of MakerBot to the scene should make progress a bit quicker. Announced at this week's CES, MakerBot will be rolling …

Big Idea 2015: The Coming Micropayment Disruption

The innovation that will shape the coming year, I think, will be the consumer use of digital currencies, such as bitcoin and its derivatives. …

50 Years Of John Coltrane's 'A Love Supreme'

This week sees the 50th anniversary of a sacred day for many music fans. On Dec. 9, 1964, the John Coltrane Quartet recorded the album <i>A Love Supreme</i>.<p>I call it a sacred day for music fans, not just jazz fans. For people across musical boundaries and cultures — for Carlos Santana, Bono, Joni …

NPR Music's 50 Favorite Albums Of 2014

Was the music of 2014 heavier than usual, or is it just us? When the staff of NPR Music and our member station partners gather to collect our favorite albums of the year, we don't start out with a theme. We don't intend to come to an absolute consensus. We begin with questions: What do you hold …

Have We Been Interpreting Quantum Mechanics Wrong This Whole Time?

Author: Natalie Wolchover, Quanta Magazine. Natalie Wolchover, Quanta Magazine Science<p>Date of Publication: 06.30.14.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. …