Master of None: Music supervisor Zach Cowie shares his soundtrack secrets

Master of None: Music supervisor Zach Cowie shares his soundtrack secrets

How does a hit song end up in a TV show? It’s not as simple as it seems. Every musical moment has to be tested, approved and licensed before it appears on a soundtrack; and that process can take months upon months upon months. It’s all the responsibility of a music supervisor, who plays a critical role in establishing the atmosphere and tone of a series, hand-picking tracks to accompany the action, and getting them…

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Dame Vera Lynn's secrets for a long life

Dame Vera Lynn's secrets for a long life

Dame Vera Lynn has revealed her secrets for long life as she turns 100 – being active and “interested” in life. To mark the centenary, her record label projected her photograph onto the white cliffs of Dover – but a Spitfire fly-past was scrapped due to bad weather. Asked for advice on ageing, she said: “Be active to your full capabilities. “Keep interested, read books, watch television and try to keep in touch with life…

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Bug 'exposes' WhatsApp message secrets

Bug 'exposes' WhatsApp message secrets

Some messages sent through WhatsApp can be intercepted and read thanks to a bug in the app, suggests research. The bug arises because of the way WhatsApp encrypts the messages sent via its service. Security expert Thomas Boelter found that eavesdropping was possible when circumstances called for encryption keys to be reissued. Mr Boelter told WhatsApp owner Facebook about the issue in April 2016 but it said it was not working on a fix. The…

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Molecules found on phones reveal lifestyle secrets

Molecules found on phones reveal lifestyle secrets

Molecules found on mobile phones reveal an astonishing amount about the owner’s health and lifestyle – including their food preferences and medication. Californian scientists found traces of everything from caffeine and spices to skin creams and anti-depressants on 40 phones they tested. We leave traces of molecules, chemicals and bacteria on everything we touch. Even washing hands thoroughly would not prevent the transfer to everyday objects, the researchers said. Using a technique called mass spectrometry,…

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