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Futuristic rap star Octavian wins BBC Sound of 2019

Futuristic rap star Octavian wins BBC Sound of 2019

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Maverick, genre-defying rapper Octavian has won BBC Music's Sound of 2019.Endorsed by Drake, but entirely self-made, the 23-year-old has perked ears with a series of unpredictable EPs that juggle grime, house, pop and gospel.He beat pop singer King Princess and balladeer Grace Carter to take the title, which has previously gone to Adele, Sam Smith, Haim and Sigrid."That's lit," said Octavian on finding out he'd won. "I don't even know how to feel right now... Mum, I made it!"Read our full interview with OctavianOctavian is the first rapper to win the Sound Of... since 50 Cent topped the inaugural list in 2003.He was chosen by a panel of 136 critics, broadcasters and DJs, including former nominees El...
Sound of 2019: slowthai 'telling the story of the people for the people'

Sound of 2019: slowthai 'telling the story of the people for the people'

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Media playback is unsupported on your device He's either a grime MC making punk music or a punk making rap music. Either way, slowthai - number four in the BBC's Sound of 2019 - is unlike any artist to emerge from the past 12 months.The 24-year-old "class clown dunce" and his nihilistic, often funny tales of petty criminality have taken the music industry by storm with effusive praise for his energetic live shows. Born Tyron Frampton, slowthai was brought up on a Northampton council estate nicknamed "The Bush".Raised by a single mum, his name comes from his childhood habit of talking slowly (Slow-Ty). But his vocals are anything but as he spits lyrics with the furious pace of a young man who has much to say, whether it's about race... Brown su...
Sound influences the way mice and rats sense touch

Sound influences the way mice and rats sense touch

Science
Dec. 28 (UPI) -- New research suggests the brain's main sensory centers -- the visual cortex, auditory cortex and somatosensory cortex -- are influenced by one another. Through a series of tests, researchers in Japan showed auditory inputs to the barrel cortex in mice and rats influences the rodents' responses to tactile stimulation. The barrel cortex is a type of somatosensory cortex found in rodents. The region oversees the brain's perception of and response to touch, pain and temperature. Scientists think the link between the barrel cortex and rodent whiskers is similar to the link between the human brain's somatosensory cortex and human fingertips. Researchers used patch clamps, an electric brain recording technology, to measure the influence of different sensory inputs on individual ...
Official: Russian weapon 27 times faster than speed of sound

Official: Russian weapon 27 times faster than speed of sound

Technology
Russia's new strategic weapon has rendered any missile defenses useless at a small fraction of their cost, officials said Thursday. The Avangard hypersonic glide vehicle flies 27 times faster than the speed of sound, making it impossible to intercept, Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov told Russian state television. The new weapon "essentially makes missile defenses useless," he said. Borisov spoke a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin oversaw what he described as the conclusive successful test of the Avangard and hailed it as a reliable guarantee of Russia's security for decades to come. In Wednesday's test, the weapon was launched from the Dombarovskiy missile base in the southern Ural Mountains. The Kremlin said it successfully hit a practice target on the Kura shooting range o...
Scientists sound alarm over radiation in crucial Middle East water source

Scientists sound alarm over radiation in crucial Middle East water source

Technology
This is an Inside Science story. People in Egypt's western desert are drinking groundwater with naturally high levels of radium, a radioactive element, according to research presented last week at the American Geophysical Union meeting in Washington. Experts disagree on the cancer-related health risks, but babies who rely on the most radioactive wells could get more than 100 times the maximum levels recommended by the World Health Organization for long-term exposure from drinking water, according to the researchers. Many communities across the Middle East and northern Africa are likely also using water with elevated levels of radiation. Identifying the danger Most people in Egypt get their water from the Nile River. But in the adjacent deserts and the Sinai Peninsula, people rely inste...