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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.

The News Matrix: Monday 16 December 2013

Mandela buried in ancestral village

UK weather: Forecasters warn of 80mph wind and rain to batter Britain before arrival of ‘Storm Emily’

Met Office predicts ‘significant winter storm’ to hit Britain later this week

Rowing on a crisp winter morning: Why do they do it to themselves?

An ode to the dedicated souls pounding away out on the river before the sun's even up

Ded Moroz (Father Frost) meets children in Moscow. The Russian equivalent of Father Christmas has been banned from state TV in Tajikistan

Father Christmas outlawed by Tajikistan TV

The country has banned Father Frost - the Russian equivalent of Father Christmas - from appearing on state TV as the character 'bears no relation to national traditions'

An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish man prays at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City during a snowstorm on 13 December 2013

Rare snowstorm leaves Jerusalem in lockdown

A rare snowstorm has blanketed Jerusalem, forcing a lockdown with police blocking access to and from the city.

Regent Street snowflake Christmas lights, 1955

In pictures: Christmas in London through the ages

We take a look at the remarkable set of black and white photographs showing how London celebrated Christmas during the 1950s, 60s and 70s. They come from the Museum of London’s unique photography collection, which provides a glimpse into all aspects of London life during the second half of the 19th and 20th centuries.

The Sport Matrix: Thursday 12 December 2013

Arsenal through as runners-up, despite defeat

Galatasaray's Wesley Sneijder (R) fights for the ball with Juventus' Leonardo Banucci
Bryce Brown #34 of the Philadelphia Eagles is tackled by Glover Quin #27 of the Detroit Lions

NFL: A blizzard helps blow in the liveliest weekend of the season so far

A round-up of the latest events and talking points from the world of NFL

Mountain goats' miraculous escape from avalanche captured in dramatic video footage

Group splits up as animals flee, with four taking the odd decision to just stand still in the path of the snow

Morrisons scraps window cleaning to save cash as sales decline

Morrisons supermarket has scrapped window cleaning in a bid to slash costs as it battles declining sales.

Christmas lights on display in Byron Road, New Milton, Hampshire where each year, a group of residents on Byron Road switch on their lights to raise money for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance

Christmas lights: are you for or against?

New research suggests another property divide is emerging ...

Emily Mytton, Kelly Williams, Adam Godley and Victoria Mosely in 'From Morning to Midnight'

From Morning to Midnight, theatre review: 'A strangely hollow experience'

Lyttelton, National Theatre

Motorists try to get vehicles and a jack-knifed city bus up an icy hill on East Lancaster Ave. in Fort Worth, Texas

Deadly ice storm pushes up US east coast as temperatures drop to -29C

'Historic ice event' swept from Dallas, Texas towards the Eastern Seaboard

The Snowman, dance review: 'performed with bounce'

Peacock Theatre, London

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