Fewer loudspeaker companies have anechoic chambers than you realize. They take up an awful lot of space, for one thing. Focal has one, and it has a twist—rather than have a suspended floor, the company puts its speakers on a hydraulic jack and suspends it 30' above the floor. This makes getting massive speakers into and out of the chamber a lot easier and safer.
Who can resist an article that begins like this? "The sniffles of a diva are like the tantrums of La Nina: a tropical depression in the Pacific is ready, by the time it gets to the North Atlantic, to produce lightning bolts, pelting hail and a deluge of biblical ferocity."
The Guardian on books on cults and religious extremists. I love any list that calls The DaVinci Code "literary crack cocaine—reading it does you no good at all, but you just can't stop." Actually, I found it easy to put down and hard to pick back up.
In August, astronomers discovered an one billion light-year hole in the Universe. Now, Dr. Laura Mersini-Houghton's team of theoretical physicists and cosmologists posits that it is "unmistakable imprint of another universe beyond the edge of our own."