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Your Brain Knows What Songs Are For, No Matter Where They Came From

A Nyangatom woman from East Africa sings in an up and down lilt, her unadorned voice rising and falling like a hilly landscape. If you heard this song, with no geographical or cultural context, would you know it was a lullaby meant to soothe babies to sleep? It turns out you probably would, according to a new study published in Current Biology. In the largest experiment of its kind, cognitive scientists asked hundreds of English speakers from around the world to listen to lullabies, dance songs, love songs, and healing songs…

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Pep Guardiola knows his Manchester City side's winning run will come to an end

Pep Guardiola was delighted after watching his Manchester City side beat Huddersfield 2-1 to extend their winning streak to 18 games but knows the run will not last forever. Raheem Sterling claimed a late winner as City came from behind to restore their eight-point Premier League lead after a Sergio Aguero penalty had cancelled out Nicolas Otamendi’s first-half own goal. City have now won their last 11 Premier League matches and 18 in all competitions, but with a tough festive schedule on the horizon, Guardiola expects the winning run to…

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Vows: Two Pastors in Love, and Only God Knows

Vows By VINCENT M. MALLOZZI Pastor Twanna Gause stepped out of a limousine amid the whir of cameras outside the New Vision Full Gospel Baptist Church in East Orange, N.J. Dressed in a white wedding gown and veil that sparkled in the cascading sunshine, she carried a bouquet of white roses and lilies, hugged several guests, then parted a sea of well-wishers on the way to her best friend, Pastor Vanessa Brown, who stood waiting at the altar in a cream-colored long coat called a sherwani and gold Punjabi jutti…

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Critical Shopper: Raf Simons Knows What America Needs

Critical Shopper By KATHERINE BERNARD The three floors of the newly renovated Calvin Klein store on Madison Avenue are painted yellow, the kind of color saturation that makes a room an environment. As the new chief creative officer of Calvin Klein, the Belgian designer Raf Simons has already shared his vision of American clothes, which includes joyous (everyone says “Raf” is pronounced like “laugh”) references to cowboys, prairie quilts, American flags and 1950s plastic-covered couches, to extraordinary acclaim. This June, the Council of Fashion Designers of America awarded him best…

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Nobody Knows What Happened to the Source Code for Icewind Dale 2

Over the past few years, the Canadian developer and publisher Beamdog and its subsidiary, Overhaul Games, have earned a reputation for well-received updates to beloved titles previously released by Bioware and Black Isle Studios. After a successful overhaul of MDK 2, Overhaul Games and Beamdog have released Enhanced Editions of Baldur’s Gate, Baldur’s Gate II, Icewind Dale, and Planescape: Torment, along with an all-new expansion for Baldur’s Gate, Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear. The Enhanced Editions and new content have been generally well-received. Some have reviewed a touch more strongly…

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Paul Pogba: 'Life in Manchester was difficult following bomb atrocity… that is not Islam, everyone knows that'

Pogba helped United win the Europa League two days after Manchester bombing Friday, June 30, 2017 Devout Muslim Paul Pogba has revealed he found life in Manchester difficult following the bomb atrocity which took the lives off 22 people in the city last month. Pogba started for Manchester United in the Europa League final in Copenhagen, two days after bomber Salman Abedi detonated a device in the foyer of the Manchester Arena following an Ariana Grande concert. The France international, who joined United from Juventus in a world record £90million…

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