News A colony of ants have set up home in the International Space Station as part of an experiment to see how their behavior changes in an environment of low gravity

It's hoped the way they adapt their foraging behavior will help to develop smarter robots

Album: (Smog)

Supper, Domino

Yo La Tengo: Hits of sunshine

After nearly two decades spent working in fruitful obscurity, Yo La Tengo emerged into the limelight in 2001. But, they tell Kevin Harley, they still don't know what they're trying to achieve

Album: Warren Zevon

Genius: The Best Of Warren Zevon, Elektra

Album: Sue Garner

Shadyside, Thrill Jockey

Album: The Flaming Lips

Finally The Punk Rockers Are Taking Acid 1983-1988; The Day They Shot A Hole In The Jesus Egg 1989-1991

Meltdown: Mercury Rev, Royal Festival Hall, London

Masterfully constructed, the show astonishes because the band can continually scale new peaks

Sonic Youth, Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Age shall not wither them

Album: Sonic Youth

Murray Street, Geffen

Make friends and influence people

Yo La Tengo | Royal Festival Hall, South Bank Centre, London

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Music: The Domino effect

So the major record labels have got things all sewn up? Not quite. As the business reels under the impact of downsizing, the cottage industry that is Domino Records is proving that small can be beautiful.

Pop: This Week's Album Releases - Jim O'Rourke Eureka, Domino

IF EVER proof were needed of the major labels' shameful incompetence, it can be found in the comparative performance of the tiny UK-based indie label Domino, a hotbed of taste and creativity, rather than accountancy. Following recent beauties by Smog and Bonnie "Prince" Billie, this delightful offering from Jim O'Rourke means that three of the year's five best albums so far have been released by Domino - a phenomenal achievement, only slightly tarnished by the fact that all three artists are American.

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