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Sigrid interview: 'Making pop is like a treasure hunt'

“Writing a good pop tune is difficult,” says Sigrid, the Norwegian pop star who’s just won the BBC’s Sound of 2018. “It’s a challenge, but it’s a good one – and when you find that one brilliant hook, it’s the best feeling.” The 21-year-old only started writing music four years ago, when her brother – who’s also a musician – invited her to play a show with him, on the condition she stopped playing Adele covers. “I guess he figured out I had something in me, and I just needed…

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The Middle East Is a Treasure Trove of Natural Wonders. Now It Has a Museum to Show Them Off

For a region with an international reputation for its history and natural wonders, the Middle East has a notable lack of museums showcasing them. This fall, Israel is setting out to change that: Visitors will be able to see some of the earliest human fossils, whale skeletons and rare birds on display in what will be the Middle East’s first natural history museum. Israel’s Steinhardt Museum of Natural History will let the public feast its eyes on over 5 million specimens from collections that were previously the exclusive purview of…

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