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On this day:
At 22nd May of 1989, Queen released their 13th studio album "The Miracle". It would prove to be the band's penultimate album to be recorded with Freddie Mercury, as he died in November 1991, less than a year after the next album, 'Innuendo', was released. 'The Miracle' is estimated to have sold 9.5 million copies.

Queen represented rock’s bombastic pinnacle. Melding glam-rock with hard-rock, the group’s ornate, multi-tracked recordings and in-your-face songs resulted to worldwide sales of more than 130 million records. Queen took flight in the 70's, embodying the thrills and excesses of that decade.

“We’re the Cecil B. DeMille of rock and roll, always wanting to do things bigger and better,” said vocalist Freddie Mercury. Exhibiting a keen intelligence and capacity for reinvention, Queen drew from contemporary music, visual media and pop culture, blowing it all up into a multimedia spectacle grounded in solid rock.

Beyond the flamboyant exterior, however, there was genuine power and daring in their music, which ranged from the neo-rockabilly swagger of “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” to the driving disco-funk of “Another One Bites the Dust.”

Queen concocted a densely layered rock operetta, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” that is among the most ornate productions in music history. They also served up crowd-pleasing chants like “We Are the Champions” and “We Will Rock You,” which have both become anthems in the world of sports.

The origins of Queen lay in the hard rock psychedelic group Smile, which guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor joined in 1967. Following the departure of Smile's lead vocalist, Tim Staffell, in 1971, May and Taylor formed a group with Freddie Mercury, the former lead singer for Wreckage. Within a few months, bassist John Deacon joined them, and they began rehearsing. Over the next two years, as all four members completed college, they simply rehearsed, playing just a handful of gigs.

Eight years later, in March 1981, they would perform in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on consecutive nights to audiences numbering 131,000 and 120,000 - the largest paying crowds ever to hear a single band. In 1985, they played to a quarter of a million people at the Rock in Rio festival. That same year, they delivered an electrifying segment at the Live Aid benefit concert, seen by a TV audience of hundreds of millions.

Following their massive 1986 European stadium tour for the 'A Kind of Magic' album, Queen took an extended break. Rumors swirled about an impending breakup, but it turned out the break was brought on by a painful marital divorce for guitarist Brian May (who subsequently battled depression and contemplated suicide), and Freddie Mercury being diagnosed with AIDS. 

Instead of sinking further into misery, the band regrouped, worked on each other's mental state, and recorded one of their most inspired albums, 1989's 'The Miracle.' Lyrically, the songs tend to reflect on the band's past accomplishments ("Khashoggi's Ship," "Was It All Worth It") as well as the state of the world in the late '80s (the title track, "I Want It All"). 

Produced by the band and David Richards, 'The Miracle' packs quite a sonic punch, recalling the rich sounds of their past classics (1976's A Day at the Races, etc.). Split 50/50 between pop ("Breakthru," "The Invisible Man," "Rain Must Fall") and heavy rock (the aforementioned "I Want It All," "Khashoggi's Ship," "Was It All Worth It"), the album was another global smash, even re-establishing the band stateside (going Top 30 and attaining gold status). Along with 'The Game', 'The Miracle' is Queen's strongest album of the '80s.

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Cosmology has been on a long, hot streak, racking up one imaginative and scientific triumph after another. Is it over?
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Disclaimer: Before any debate (or shitstorm) start to appear on the horizon, I must say that this article is from the point of view from a Microsoft development environment, and not from a general C++ development environment.
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Climate scientists overwhelmingly say that we will face unprecedented warming in the coming decades. Those same scientists, just like you or I, struggle with the emotions that are evoked by these facts and dire projections.
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I ain't dying. My name's in the title yo.

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