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From Hull with Love: City of Culture Awash with Nordic Warmth and Tales of the Sea

May 9, 2017

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The North Atlantic Flux Festival held in the UK City of Culture for 2017 – Kingston upon Hull – was American singer-songwriter John Grant’s gift to the world. And what a jewel it was. Glittering like a rave laser, luxurious like a glistening cheeseburger, transcendent in its beauty. As far as warehouse raves go this […]

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North Atlantic Flux: Songwriter John Grant Hooks Up his Nordic Connections for Hull’s City of Culture

April 22, 2017

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Majestic baritone John Grant creates heaven in Hull with Iceland’s finest electronic collective GusGus, Norway’s acclaimed DJ and Producer Lindstrøm, and supergroup Wrangler Anyone with an interest in our northern cousins and their baroque Nordic take on electronica, house, disco, rock and boogie, should forego two months of poxy Sky subscription and instead get themselves […]

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Proof Through Images – Shots of Science Up Close

April 12, 2017

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Science is revealed up close with this selection of images gathered by Canadian researchers for the 2016 competition ‘Proof Through Images’ The National Centre for Scientific Research, or CNRS, is a collection of 10 institutes run by the French Ministry of Education and Research. Together with Decouvrir magazine, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council […]

US Naval Research Lab Tests CICADA Swarming Palm-Sized Drones

April 10, 2017

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Imagine a fleet of drones, each the size of your palm blooming from a package dropped from an airplane. That’s what’s possible with the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory’s CICADA - a tiny drone undergoing swarm testing.

Mind on the Run: The Impressive Majesty of Basil Kirchin’s Hullian Soundscapes

March 27, 2017

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On Sunday I listened to BBC Radio 3’s Hear and Now programme live from Hull City Hall, featuring a tribute to sonic visionary Basil Kirchin – a little known post-war composer. It was transcendent. Catch it while you can. The broadcast is available for another six or seven days on BBC iPlayer. If you’re a […]

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Police Body Cameras and Face Recognition point to Perpetual Surveillance

March 26, 2017

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Police body cameras are widely seen as a way to improve law enforcement’s transparency with the public. But when mixed with police use of facial-recognition tools, the prospect of continual surveillance comes with big risks to privacy.

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