"Because it’s silent, I get to be very loud"
Ben Hur:A Tale of the Christ was the most expensive silent film production, and now Stewart Copeland, drummer for The Police, has composed a soundtrack to MGM’s 1925 silent epic.
Copeland’s score receives its world premiere on 19 April at the Virginia Arts Festival when it accompanies a 90-minute edit of the movie.
The soundtrack uses a full orchestra, mixing symphonic music with electric guitars and, of course, a lot of percussion.
Police drummer Stewart Copeland’s Ben-Hur film score premieres in US

"Because it’s silent, I get to be very loud"

Ben Hur:A Tale of the Christ was the most expensive silent film production, and now Stewart Copeland, drummer for The Police, has composed a soundtrack to MGM’s 1925 silent epic.

Copeland’s score receives its world premiere on 19 April at the Virginia Arts Festival when it accompanies a 90-minute edit of the movie.

The soundtrack uses a full orchestra, mixing symphonic music with electric guitars and, of course, a lot of percussion.

Police drummer Stewart Copeland’s Ben-Hur film score premieres in US

futurejournalismproject:

The Day There Was No News

On April 18, 1930, the BBC decided there was no news worth reporting. Solution: the then eight-year-old broadcaster played piano music instead.

If only there were a Monty Python reenactment of that.

pulitzerfieldnotes:

“Baseball practice in Montgomery County, Maryland. According to records obtained from the FAA, which issued 1,428 domestic drone permits between 2007 and early 2013, the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the U.S. Navy have applied for drone authorization in Montgomery County.”

Image and caption by Tomas van Houtryve/VII. United States, 2014.

In Blue Sky Days, photographer and Pulitzer Center grantee Tomas van Houtryve frames the notion of drone warfare in a context close to home. He mounts his camera on a quadcopter purchased over the internet, a drone, and shoots his subjects from the air as they go about their daily lives. He remains anonymous throughout, similar to how might the pilot of a drone flown as a weapon of war.
Blue Sky Days was produced in partnership with Harper’s Magazine, published across 16 pages—the longest photo essay in the magazine’s history.
Upcoming multimedia work produced in conjunction with the Pulitzer Center coming soon.

pulitzerfieldnotes:

“Baseball practice in Montgomery County, Maryland. According to records obtained from the FAA, which issued 1,428 domestic drone permits between 2007 and early 2013, the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the U.S. Navy have applied for drone authorization in Montgomery County.”

Image and caption by Tomas van Houtryve/VII. United States, 2014.


In Blue Sky Days, photographer and Pulitzer Center grantee Tomas van Houtryve frames the notion of drone warfare in a context close to home. He mounts his camera on a quadcopter purchased over the internet, a drone, and shoots his subjects from the air as they go about their daily lives. He remains anonymous throughout, similar to how might the pilot of a drone flown as a weapon of war.

Blue Sky Days was produced in partnership with Harper’s Magazinepublished across 16 pages—the longest photo essay in the magazine’s history.

Upcoming multimedia work produced in conjunction with the Pulitzer Center coming soon.

Around the World…. wait… the Universe with the BBC: 
Most Earth-like planet yet’ spotted by Kepler
The most Earth-like planet yet has been discovered, scientists report in the journal Science.
The rocky planet, Kepler 186f, is close to the size of Earth and has the potential to hold liquid water, which is critical for life, the team says.
Nestled in the Milky Way, it is part of a five-planet system that orbits around a cool dwarf star.
It was spotted by the Kepler telescope, which has found nearly 1,000 new worlds since its launch in 2009.

Around the World…. wait… the Universe with the BBC:

Most Earth-like planet yet’ spotted by Kepler

The most Earth-like planet yet has been discovered, scientists report in the journal Science.

The rocky planet, Kepler 186f, is close to the size of Earth and has the potential to hold liquid water, which is critical for life, the team says.

Nestled in the Milky Way, it is part of a five-planet system that orbits around a cool dwarf star.

It was spotted by the Kepler telescope, which has found nearly 1,000 new worlds since its launch in 2009.

Our new online video series, Women in Tech, starts this week. 

First up, Leila Janah, founder of Samasource, a business that trains people in places like East Africa, India and Haiti to do work online.

The world’s largest democratic event, with over 800 million eligible voters, is under way.

There are 543 seats being contested in the Lok Sabha, the lower house of parliament. Would you like to sit in one of them? Find out how electable you are.

(And if it looks like you might have chance, maybe its time to brush up with our two-minute explainer)

Lyse Doucet, who recently returned from reporting in Tehran for the first time since 2009, answers Reddit’s questions. We learned something, too!

"A group of gun-wielding protestors squares off against a government it feels holds no authority. Is it Ukraine? Or Syria? No, Nevada."

Echo Chamber: Is a rebellion brewing in Nevada?

 #BBCtrending: Lessons from Nigeria on social media activism
It’s sometimes said that social media lobbying is the ultimate in armchair activism, but are there lessons to be learnt from Nigeria?
This weekend saw one example: Yusuf Siyaka Onimisi had been detained for 12 days apparently for tweets he posted showing an embarrassing jailbreak in the capital Abuja.
He was released and is back with his family. On hearing murmurings of his disappearance, Nigerians on social media began to investigate - verifying if the story was true, tracking down his friends and relatives, then launching a campaign for his release using the hashtag #FreeCiaxon (@ciaxon is his username on Twitter). The protest on Twitter went to the streets too, with demonstrations in cities including Lagos, Ibadan, Kano and Kaduna.

#BBCtrending: Lessons from Nigeria on social media activism

It’s sometimes said that social media lobbying is the ultimate in armchair activism, but are there lessons to be learnt from Nigeria?

This weekend saw one example: Yusuf Siyaka Onimisi had been detained for 12 days apparently for tweets he posted showing an embarrassing jailbreak in the capital Abuja.

He was released and is back with his family. On hearing murmurings of his disappearance, Nigerians on social media began to investigate - verifying if the story was true, tracking down his friends and relatives, then launching a campaign for his release using the hashtag #FreeCiaxon (@ciaxon is his username on Twitter). The protest on Twitter went to the streets too, with demonstrations in cities including Lagos, Ibadan, Kano and Kaduna.

Who are the 55 bodies buried at the Dozier school?

Forensic anthropologists are disinterring the remains of children at a Florida reform school. Former students hope the dig will provide answers about alleged child abuse within the school’s walls