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These Balloonists Just Broke A Decades-Old Distance Record

In the surprisingly competitive world of long-distance ballooning, the world distance record is the holy grail — more or less the equivalent of the marathon record. Somewhere just off the San Fransisco coastline, two guys just broke that record — and they’re still flying.


Vinyl's Surge Hasn't Slowed One Bit

2014: bad for digital music sales, great for vinyl. Like, really great. According to Nielsen SoundScan, vinyl sales hit 9.2 million, a 52 per cent jump from 2013 figures, and an all-time high for vinyl on SoundScan, which began tracking sales in 1991. Damn.


This Transforming Briefcase Turntable Is A Walkman For Your Records

Just because you prefer the warm, crackly sound of vinyl records to MP3s doesn’t necessarily mean you also like being tethered to a home stereo whenever you want to listen to your record collection. So Pyle has created this portable turntable that transforms into a briefcase for easy transport, and also includes a rechargeable battery powering a pair of flip-out speakers.


Watch Jimmy Fallon, Neil Young And Jack White Press A Record On Stage

You’ve probably seen Jimmy Fallon do his ultra-famous Neil Young impression before, but there’s nothing better, really, than seeing Mr Young himself on the Fallon stage, playing a track inside Jack White’s old-school novelty recording booth.


Thanks To Jay-Z, Wu-Tang Will Sell Just One Copy Of Its Secret Album

You’ve heard of rare records before, but what Wu-Tang Clan is planning for its stealthy double album, The Wu — Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, is unprecedented. The legendary rap group will sell only one copy, encased in an engraved silver and nickel box. It will be very, very expensive.


This Contraption Cuts Vinyl Records From Digital Audio In Real Time

Sonic purists swear that everything sounds better on vinyl, and you know what? Spinning records is also just way more freaking fun. It’s common to digitise your LPs, but what if you could easily do the reverse? This dude made a device that makes it easy to press audio files into albums in real time.


13-Year-Old Builds Nuclear Reactor, Becomes Youngest Fusioneer Ever

Do you remember what your greatest accomplishment was at age 13? Well, it doesn’t really matter either way, because whatever it was, Jamie Edwards — the tween scientist who’s now the youngest person to ever carry out atomic fusion — just crushed it.


Amazing 1956 Video Explains How Music Went From Concert Hall To Vinyl

Vinyl may have had its day — hell, some readers of this site may never have seen it in action — but for a small group of dedicated fans, it still lives on. This amazing 1956 video explains the process, which has actually changed very little over the last 50 years, of transforming performance into long-player.


This 502,165 Christmas Light Display Is In Someone's Canberra Home

Ready for a big number? 502,165. That’s the number of LED lights the family of David and Janean Richards in Canberra has decked its home in order to clinch the 2013 Guinness World Record for most Christmas lights in one display. Whoa.


How The Rolling Stones' Iconic Let It Bleed Album Art Was Made

With most of us buying our music in digital formats, album art just isn’t treasured in the way it was in the 1960s and 70s. And now, MoMA has added a classic from that bygone era to its permanent collection: The cover of the Rolling Stones’ Let It Bleed, designed by Robert Brownjohn.