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.
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Tuesday 17 September 2013
Strong online sales made up for a fall in shoppers coming through Debenhams’ doors, according to the department store’s latest figures.
Sunday 15 September 2013
Golden Age crime-writing was not the exclusive province of the British and the Americans. Arthur Upfield is an interesting case, because something very disturbing happened to him. Upfield was born in 1890 in Hampshire, but in 1910, after he fared poorly in his exams (he was planning to become an estate agent) his father shipped him off to Australia, where he eventually settled – if you can call it settling, for he led an itinerant life.
Monday 02 September 2013
Sooty air from coal burning triggered the initial melting of the mountain glaciers in the European Alps in the second half of the 19th Century when it caused the snow to turn grey and so reflect less sunlight back into space, scientists said.
‘I was desperate for my team to make it’: Adventurers caught in Greenland storm tell inquest of ordeal that killed friend
Monday 19 August 2013
Philip Goodeve-Docker died from hypothermia after team became trapped in a tent where temperatures plunged to -20C
Friday 16 August 2013
This week I went to a little cottage in the Lake District. I went there on my own, partly to write, partly to breathe in air from the mountains and waterfalls and partly to see whether I could spend five days in complete isolation. No internet. No phone reception. No make-up. No nothing. Would I flourish? Or would I fold, destroy the cottage and then have a difficult conversation with my mum’s friend Barbara, who owns it?
Travel agenda: Dormy House; Journeys of Distinction; Snowbombing; MV Anakonda; Samara Game Reserve; Salcombe Harbour Hotel & Spa
Friday 16 August 2013
Where to go and what to know
Dutch Prince Johan Friso dies after 18 months in a coma following avalanche skiing accident in Austria
Monday 12 August 2013
He was moved from hospital in London back to the Netherlands last month, but had since suffered complications
Wednesday 07 August 2013
Outlook Isn't the British weather wonderful? It saved England from defeat against the resurgent Australians and it's also been putting a rocket under retail sales.
Sunday 21 July 2013
Study part-funded by the CIA to investigate national security implications of geoengineering
Saturday 20 July 2013
The onus is now on other Premier League clubs to spend some of the TV money on fans
Wednesday 17 July 2013
Miliband’s gag – ‘He is the Prime Minister for Benson and hedge funds’ – was a work in progress
Wednesday 17 July 2013
Angry Rooney on brink at United after Moyes ‘snub’
Servicemen who died in searing heat during Brecon Beacons training were serving with Territorial Army
Monday 15 July 2013
A third man remains in a serious condition in hospital after the incident on Saturday
Thursday 04 July 2013
Helicopters drop 200 tons of poison pellets in world’s biggest extermination project
Monday 01 July 2013
The world is no stranger to extreme temperatures and those currently baking in the blistering Arizona heat can testify to that.
Newcastle winger Jonas Gutierrez reveals he has testicular cancer - and is losing his trademark long hair as a result
Actors star in Woody Allen's 'Magic in the Moonlight'
Human faces unique 'because we don't recognise each other by smell'
Man's attempt to avoid being impounded heavily criticised
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Scottish independence: Yes campaign feels the heat as Alex Salmond's NHS claims come under furious attack
Portuguese academic says British are 'filthy, violent and drunk'
- 1 Scottish independence: Ireland since 1919 is a lesson for Scotland in what a Yes vote means
- 2 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 3 Say yes to 'no-poo': It's been three years since I stopped washing my hair
- 4 Grandmas keep accidentally tagging themselves as Grandmaster Flash on Facebook