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Last month’s news that the Inchindown oil storage tanks in Scotland have entered the record books as the man-made structure with the longest echo – a resonating 112 seconds – is very largely due to the author of this book. Cox, a professor of acoustic engineering at the University of Salford, embarked on a quest to find not only the longest echo (or more correctly, reverberation) in the world, but also the noisiest, the quietest and even the most musical places around the globe.

Robin Thicke's video for 'Blurred Lines' has been criticised for condoning rape

Increasingly clear lines: Now Leeds student union bans Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines'

Decision to ban controversial chart topper follows on from Edinburgh University last week

Ross Barkley's good start to the season has won an England place

Transfer news: Chelsea increase interest in Everton midfielder Ross Barkley after Jose Mourinho confirms he made an enquiry for a 'young English player'

Barkley made his international debut for England last week and the Blues are believed to be monitoring the 19-year-old when they take on the Toffee's this evening

Gary Madine celebrates scoring for Sheffield Wednesday

Sheffield Wednesday striker Gary Madine found guilty after assaulting a supporter of his own team

23-year-old was involved in the incident at the Paris Bar in Sheffield on a night out

Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway

Crystal Palace deadline day signing Jack Hunt suffers broken ankle

£2m signing will not play again this year after training ground incident

Boris Berezovsky’s legal battles may have cost him up to £100m

Oligarch Boris Berezovsky may have left debts of £309m, court hears

Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky may have left debts of more than £300m when he died in “tragic and mysterious” circumstances, the High Court heard today.

Transfer news: Liverpool to sign Victor Moses from Chelsea on season-long loan

Liverpool look set to take Chelsea winger Victor Moses on loan for the rest of the season.

The author suspects the ribs on sale at Casa Negra may have been extracted from some sort of pre-historic monster
Kevin Pietersen and Alastair Cook of England celebrate with fans after England won the Ashes

Ashes 2013: England players apologise and admit 'our behaviour was inappropriate' amid allegations some urinated on Oval pitch

An Australian journalist reported seeing them take turns to urinate as they celebrated out on the pitch

Swann dons a swan balloon hat

Ashes 2013: Shane Warne labels England 'crass' and 'arrogant' amid reports players urinated on wicket at The Oval

The incident is said to have taken place as the hosts celebrated their 3-0 series victory over Australia

Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway

Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway plans changes for Capital One Cup tie against Bristol City

The newly promoted side have lost both their Premier League games

Peru drugs arrests: British women Michaella McCollum and Melissa Reid charged over drugs offences

Michaella McCollum and Melissa Reid face 15 years in prison if convicted

Monty Panesar out in the field for Essex

Ashes 2013: Is mercurial Monty Panesar's number up?

He is in the last-chance saloon with Essex as he tries to iron out his personal issues and save his England career

Man found dead in lift shaft just hours after hundreds saw him running around Manchester naked and in a 'confused' state

Numerous people had reported seeing a man wearing nothing but shoes and socks trying to enter nightclubs and restaurants around the city’s Northern Quarter

Police escort Michaella McCollum Connolly, left, and Melissa Reid in handcuffs on their way to court

UK pair Michaella McCollum and Melissa Reid expected to plead not guilty in Peru cocaine smuggling case

British women maintain they were forced to carry drug stash by gangsters

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Simone de Beauvoir's seminal feminist polemic, 'The Second Sex', has been published in short-form for International Women's Day
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Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

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With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent. Sam Masters explains the appeal
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Russia's gulag museum

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Joanna Blythman reveals the alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay
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Paris Fashion Week 2015: The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp

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Paul Scholes column: I don't believe Jonny Evans was spitting at Papiss Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible

Paul Scholes column

I don't believe Evans was spitting at Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible
Miguel Layun interview: From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

Miguel Layun is a star in Mexico where he was criticised for leaving to join Watford. But he says he sees the bigger picture
Frank Warren column: Amir Khan ready to meet winner of Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao

Khan ready to meet winner of Mayweather v Pacquiao

The Bolton fighter is unlikely to take on Kell Brook with two superstar opponents on the horizon, says Frank Warren
War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable