How the destitute and the mentally ill are being used as human lab rats.
Electronic music didn’t start with Brian Eno, but it was certainly never the same after him. On Roxy Music’s first two albums he helped make synthesizers and tape effects part of a rock lineup, pricking the ears of future synth-pop creators such as Human League. As a solo artist he forged a new genre, which he dubbed ambient music, before effectively becoming a one-man genre himself, lending touches to Genesis (where he’s credited with “Enossification”), John Cale, and David Bowie during his golden Berlin period. There wasn’t much in the way of experimental 70s music that wasn’t made a little odder by Eno’s touch. But that touch could also be a multiplatinum one, as he showed as a producer for U2 in the mid-80s and Coldplay 20 years later. In the 90s he created perhaps the most widely heard music of all: the six-second start-up sound for Microsoft’s Windows 95 operating system. Typically mischievous, he later let it be known that he’d created it on a Mac.
Joshua Klein talks about his book "Hacking Work: Breaking Stupid Rules for Smart Results". Klein is known for his crow vending machine idea, which some believe does not actually work.
Here’s Part 2 to our monstrously long conversation with Gavin Rothery. Picking up right where we left off in Part 1, we discuss the emotional power of a great film, shout out tons of book recommendations, and the importance of a good story to any film or game.
This week Guardian science editor Ian Sample meets particle physicist Professor Jonathan Butterworth from University College London to talk about his new book Smashing Physics. It’s an insider’s account of one of the most momentous scientific breakthroughs of our times: the discovery of the Higgs boson announced in July 2012.
Jon discusses what it’s like to work on the largest science experiment in history and why such ambitious – and costly – endeavours benefit us all.
Next up, British Association media fellow Nishad Karim reports from the UCL Symposium on the Origins of Life. Be it life on Earth or life elsewhere in the universe, this symposium covered it all with a range of experts from cosmology and biology to meteorology, discussing some very big questions. Where did we come from? Did life begin on Earth or elsewhere? Are we alone?
Nishad spoke to several of the presenters including Dr Zita Matins, an astrobiologist from Imperial College London, and Dr Dominic Papineau, a geochemist from UCL. Dr Martins is a specialist in finding organic material essential for life in meteorites, and Dr Papineau looks for old organic life a little closer to home, analysing Earth rocks.
Other speakers included Dr Francisco Diego, a UCL cosmologist, who discussed the life of the universe itself from beginning to now, 13.8bn years later.
And finally, Ian asks Guardian environment writer Karl Mathiesen whether 2014 will be the hottest year on record.
The Simian virus from 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes has wreaked havoc on humans, and let apes advance. Ten years later, low on fuel, humans start to infringe on ape territory.
Katie is a geek, teacher, former film student and lifelong fangirl whose interests include Joss Whedon, Harry Potter, chocolate, and Darren Criss. She also reviews movies on her blog, Silver Screen Queen.
A movie-loving nerd from Canberra, Melissa works a day job in the government while moonlighting as a blogger, podcast host and grad student by night. She’s William Riker’s number one fan girl.
Jonathan Gold explains why the term ‘fusion’ is no longer useful. Plus, he reviews a hot pot restaurant in the San Gabriel Valley. Elina Shatkin explores the food scenes in Game of Thrones.
Award winning science/comedy chat with Brian Cox, Robin Ince and guests. Witty, irreverent look at the world according to science with physicist Brian Cox and comedian Robin Ince. New Series starting on BBC Radio 4, Monday July 7th at 4.30pm (repeated on Tuesday evenings at 11pm) for 6 weeks.
Brian Cox, Robin Ince and guests, Katy Brand, Dr Kevin Fong and Philip Ball ask whether science needs war to drive it?
The author, Charles Stross joins Adam to talk about the latest book in the Laundry Files, ‘The Rhesus Chart’ and Sam Clay from VG 247 is on hand for a brief round-up of the news.
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