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The Coolest Music in the World

A group of Russian percussionists, Ethnobeat Irkusk, have become an internet hit with an exhibition of ice drumming on frozen Lake Baikal. In minus 20°C, they found by pure chance that the one metre thick ice has a distinctive and haunting rhythm all of its own.

Randall Munroe

What if…?

Web cartoonist Randall Munroe answers simple what-if questions (“what if you hit a baseball moving at the speed of light?”) using math, physics, logic and deadpan humor. In this charming talk, a reader’s question about Google’s data warehouse leads Munroe down a circuitous path to a hilariously over-detailed answer — in which, shhh, you might…

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The tree of forty fruits: Sam Van Aken

Sam Van Aken’s art combines sophisticated technology with traditional modes of art-making. Van Aken’s projects cross boundaries between artistic genres, including performance, installation, video, photography, and sculpture. With each body of work, he selects practices and new perspectives that provide a kinesthetic perception of objects and a visceral charge.

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Vantablack is the new black

A British company, called “Surrey NanoSystems” has produced a strange material so black that it absorbs all but 0.035 per cent of visual light, setting a new world record. This “super black” material is named as “vantablack” by combining first letters of the term “Vertically Aligned NanoTube Arrays”.