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Cavemen's rock music makes a comeback

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Paleomusicologist and litophone specialist Erik Gonthier plays a prehistoric litophone on March 11, 2014 in Paris. Photo - AFP
Thousands of years after they resonated in caves, two dozen stone chimes used by our prehistoric forefathers will make music once more in a unique series of concerts in Paris
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Melting away: vanishing ice warning for 'Africa's Alps'
Experts warn the ice is melting at "disturbing" rates, and that within two decades Africa's equatorial peaks will be bare rock, impacting agriculture and tourism

Paraguay group turns garbage into sweet melodies
The Orchestra of Recycled Instruments will mark a notable chapter in their history this week when they will be opening act for US heavy metal band Metallica on a six-nation South American tour

British Museum shows Vikings' softer side
The Vikings are renowned as bloodthirsty warriors, but a new exhibition at the British Museum aims to show the cultural achievements and trading skills that spread their influence far and wide

High on Thai
At the Asia Restaurant in Shangri-La’s Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa,chefs Wasana and Amom Munthi bring the trademark dishes of Thailand to town


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