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Mercury Prize 2018: Nominees reveal the last thing they changed on their albums

Mercury Prize 2018: Nominees reveal the last thing they changed on their albums

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Making a great album is like making a great sandwich: The trick is knowing when to stop.If inspiration is the bread and butter, it's the choice of fillings that decide whether the record becomes a sumptuous feast or a disappointment.Just look at Kanye West's The Life Of Pablo. The star obsessed over the record for months after its release in 2016, making prominent changes to at least 12 of its 20 tracks, often to their detriment.On the flipside, U2 famously felt rushed to complete 1997's Pop album, delivering a "compromise project" on the eve of their world tour. They later re-recorded several of the tracks for a greatest hits album, labelling those the definitive versions.This year's nominees for the Mercury Prize, it's safe to say, have delivered some o...
Last Delta II successfully launches ICESat-2 from Vandenberg

Last Delta II successfully launches ICESat-2 from Vandenberg

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Sept. 15 (UPI) -- NASA's newest ice-measuring satellite was launched into orbit around Earth's poles on Saturday morning aboard the last flight of United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket. ICESat-2 was carried into space at 6:02 a.m. PDT from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base, NASA said. The scheduled time was 5:46 a.m. but it had a 40-minute launch window. The spacecraft deployed its four solar panels and is drawing power, meaning it successfully went into orbit. It is orbiting the globe, pole to pole, at 17,069 mph from an average altitude of 290 miles. Ground stations in Svalbard, Norway, acquired signals from the spacecraft. The official name is NASA's Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2. ICESat-2's only instrument is a laser system designed to measure the height of Earth's ...
Last Night of the Proms: Saxophonist Jess Gillam steals the show

Last Night of the Proms: Saxophonist Jess Gillam steals the show

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Media playback is unsupported on your device She may only be 20 years old, but saxophonist Jess Gillam was the indisputable highlight of the Last Night of the Proms.Covered in glitter, the musician gave a sprightly, airborne performance of Milhaud's Scaramouche that brought the Royal Albert Hall to its feet.It came just two years after she made the final of BBC Young Musician, and 12 months after her Proms debut.Her solo was widely praised by viewers and Prommers alike. Skip Twitter post by @LeonAndJune Last Night of the Proms!Watching the young extremely talented saxophonist Jess Gillam.She obviously enjoys playing so much.A joy to watch!!— LeonAndJune (@LeonAndJune) September 8, 2...
5,300-year-old iceman's last meal was remarkably high in fat

5,300-year-old iceman's last meal was remarkably high in fat

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July 13 (UPI) -- The oldest naturally preserved ice mummy ate a last meal extremely high in fat content, scientists have discovered. Researchers published a new study in Current Biology on Thursday, reporting insights into the nutritional habits of European individuals in the Copper Age, more than 5,000 years ago. The study is the first in-depth analysis of the stomach contents of the mummy known as Otzi, or the Iceman, providing a glimpse into our ancestor's ancient dietary habits. The Iceman was discovered in 1991 by German tourists in the Eastern Italian Alps. Scientists were initially unable to identify the Iceman's stomach because it had moved up during the mummification process. But in 2009, during re-investigation of CT scans, scientists spotted it and launched an effort to analyz...
Iceman's last meal was high-fat, high-calorie feast

Iceman's last meal was high-fat, high-calorie feast

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Goat's fat and wild venison, plus sides of ancient wheat and bracken.It's not a menu likely to appear on Masterchef, but for some of our ancestors it was a nutritious feast.Scientists have revealed that the last supper of Oetzi the Iceman was well-balanced but also alarmingly high in fat.The man lived 5,300 years ago and met his death on a frozen glacier. His body was preserved in the ice for millennia until it was discovered in 1991.Scientists have been able to find out about many aspects of his life, including what he ate before he died.They say he filled his stomach with fat from wild goat, meat from red deer, an ancient grain known as einkorn and toxic fern.Source of cosmic 'ghost' particle revealedIceland accused of killing ...