You Can Now Watch A Seal Sing The Star Wars Theme Song. Because Science.

Researchers at the University of St Andrews have taught Janice, Zola, and Gandalf, three squidgy gray seals, to sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and the Star Wars theme song – all in the name of science. The team wanted to see whether the seals could copy melodies and the formants in human speech. “Formants are emphasised frequency bands in our speech sounds,” study author Vincent Janik explained to New Scientist. “They are parts of our speech sounds that we modify to …

Author Lisa Taddeo: I wanted to explore desire, not sex

In her extraordinary book Three Women Lisa Taddeo charts the intimate lives of real American women. Below, we print an extract In 2010, a young American writer called Lisa Taddeo published Gay Taleses notorious 1981 exploration of sex culture in 1970s America (Talese, a pioneer of new journalism, ran a massage parlour as part of his research; during the writing of the book, he stayed at a clothing-optional resort). Taddeo, conscientious but curious too, went to see Talese, by then …

Sir Elton given France’s highest civilian honour

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Sir Elton and President Macron hugged during the ceremony He added: “I have a huge love affair with France: I have a house here, I’ve always loved coming here, I love the French culture, the way of life and the French people.” The honour comes a month after the release of the Rocketman biopic. Sir Elton was in France as part of his farewell tour. Last year the pop legend announced he would be giving …

Jess Glynne blames anxiety for festival no-show

“The last thing I ever want to do is let people down, I am sorry to anyone who I upset, it was not my intention.” Festival organisers tweeted on Sunday to explain Glynne was “physically exhausted”. Skip Twitter post by @IsleOfWightFest From Jess Glynne @JessGlynne pic.twitter.com/PQi6wcS998 — Isle of Wight Fest (@IsleOfWightFest) June 16, 2019 Image Copyright @caradeee @caradeee Report Report Follow us on Facebook, on Twitter @BBCNewsEnts, or on Instagram at bbcnewsents. If you have a story suggestion email …

Mick Jagger Makes Loud And Lively Return To Stage After Heart Surgery

Mick Jagger made a triumphant return to The Rolling Stones on Friday, skipping, leaping and dancing down the stage less than three months after his hiatus for heart surgery. Sporting a diamond-patterned black-and-white leather jacket, skin-tight pants and sneakers, the singer rushed out into the sold-out crowd, which totaled some 60,000 fans, “I want to welcome Lori Lightfoot,” he said. “I’m sorry Ed Burke couldn’t make it tonight.”  by a fireworks display. The Stones are scheduled to rock the venue again …

12 New Inventions That No One Asked For

I am happy to let you know that your week is now fulfilled as I have 12 brand new Unnecessary Inventions. Absolutely no one was asking me to create these products but they solve every non-existent problem in your daily life. It has been my calling to design these inventions for our modern world to enjoy. The last few weeks I have been busy in my evil secret lair devising my newest batch of inventions. Let me know in the …

For Rory O’Malley Of ‘American Princess,’ Playing A Gay Shakespeare Is A Big Win

Book of Mormon” put The Cleveland, Ohio, native stars in “Lifetime’s delightfully zany, poignant comedy set at a New York Renaissance fair. The 10-episode series, which debuted June 2, follows Amanda Klein (played by Georgia Flood), a young Manhattan socialite who appears poised for a life of wealth and wedded bliss until she catches her fiancé, Brett ( Devastated, Amanda darts into the forest, where she happens upon a Renaissance fair. Before long, she begins to ingratiate herself to the fair’s patrons, …

A healing singalong for young and old

“I recognise that there are young children and old people,” she says. Then with a smile from ear to ear, she says: “What happens is always a big surprise.” Sheila, one of a group of residents with memory impairment, has paired up with Zach, who has severe learning difficulties. He beats out the rhythm on the tambourine as the rest of the group of infant schoolchildren, octogenarians and care staff sing the Hello Song to him. It is clear from …

‘Real’ violence: coming to grips with the ethics of virtual reality brutality

Two VR artworks at this years Dark Mofo ask the viewer to endure confronting simulations. Are we complicit if they give us a thrill? Its morning, and the first thing that comes up in my Instagram feed is a picture of seven smashed and bloody faces. The photo is a gleeful post from Dana White, the president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). The caption reads: Tony Fergusons last seven opponents. My Instagram feed is full of pictures of violence, …