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Pop Music Gets Its Fossil Record Analyzed

May 5, 2015 - 5:16pm
An investigation of more than 17,000 hit tunes suggests popular music undergoes periods of shifting diversity, and that new styles evolve in bursts. Christopher Intagliata reports

-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

First evolutionary history of 50 years of music charts using big data analysis of sounds

May 5, 2015 - 5:00pm
Evolutionary biologists and computer scientists have come together study the evolution of pop music. Their analysis of 17,000 songs from the US Billboard Hot 100 charts, 1960 to 2010, is the most substantial scientific study of the history of popular music to date.

Why Nellie Bly is worth an awesome, original song

May 5, 2015 - 1:46pm

Nellie Bly was honored with the first-ever original music for a Google Doodle. The animated doodle is a tribute to the pioneering reporter and activist, who spent her life and career defending the underdog and blazing a trail for women in media and business.

How noise changes the way the brain gets information

May 5, 2015 - 10:12am
In a study on mice, cells that relay information from the ear to the brain changed their behavior and structure in response to the noise level in the environment. Researchers think the adaptations could aid hearing in different conditions.

America's best teachers get creative

May 5, 2015 - 8:24am
America's best teachers rap their algebra lessons, use music to teach Kafka and find other ways to use their own creative interests to teach their students, finds a new study. Examining the classroom practices of National Teacher of the Year winners and finalists, the study suggests successful educators aren't afraid to push the boundaries by incorporating real world, cross-disciplinary themes into their lessons.

Tracking photosynthesis from space

May 5, 2015 - 6:48am
Watching plants perform photosynthesis from space sounds like a futuristic proposal, but a new application of data from NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) satellite may enable scientists to do just that. The new technique, which allows researchers to analyze plant productivity from far above Earth, will provide a clearer picture of the global carbon cycle and may one day help researchers determine the best regional farming practices and even spot early signs of drought.

Bawdy Bard: Shakespeare Play's Lost Lines Reveal Sexual Mocking

May 5, 2015 - 5:08am
A lost section of "Love's Labour's Lost," a comedy written by William Shakespeare, has been rediscovered, revealing a song mocking the sexual inadequacy of one of the play's male characters.

How noise changes the way the brain gets information

May 4, 2015 - 10:00pm
(University at Buffalo) In a study on mice, cells that relay information from the ear to the brain changed their behavior and structure in response to the noise level in the environment. Researchers think the adaptations could aid hearing in different conditions.

Shades of Sensitivity

May 4, 2015 - 5:18pm
The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive. To him… a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy...

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Personal cues can have a strong effect on craving in individuals with addiction

May 4, 2015 - 9:29am
Unique person-specific cues -- such as the presence of a specific friend or hearing a specific song -- appear to have a robust effect on craving addictive substances, a recent study shows. The study also found that person-specific cues may have a longer effect on craving than more general substance-specific cues, such as the presence of bottles, syringes, or lighters.

Eerie 'X-Files' Sounds Recorded from the Edge of Space

May 4, 2015 - 8:15am
Eerie sounds from the edge of space were recorded for the first time in 50 years aboard a NASA student balloon experiment.

Phantom of the Opera star John Owen-Jones caught in Japanese earthquake terror

May 4, 2015 - 6:49am

John Owen-Jones, the musical theatre actor and singer from Burry Port, was out in the Far East performinga duet from The Phantom of The Opera in Tokyo when the quake happened. An earth tremor of magnitude 5.7 struck 185 km south-southeast of Japan's Izu islands on Saturday, the United States Geological Survey said.

Researchers find that clasper development in male skates is controlled by hormonal regulation of the Shh pathway

May 4, 2015 - 6:40am
(Phys.org)—A small team of researchers with affiliations to the University of Florida and Howard Hughes Medical Institute has found that clasper development in skates is controlled by hormones that regulate the Sonic hedgehog (Shh) pathway. In their paper published in the journal Nature Communications, the team describes how they studied early development in skates which led to their discovery.

Survey of rhyme reveals a new possibility for one of the essential units of language

May 4, 2015 - 5:47am
It was in grade school classes that most of us first learned about the syllable—the tiny unit of organization for speech sounds, bundles of which can be combined to construct words, phrases, sentences, paragraphs, mystery novels, biology textbooks, national constitutions, etc.

New site, app, links celebrities, charities and donors (Update)

May 1, 2015 - 3:30pm
Chatting on the red carpet with Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence; recording a country song with Clint Black; working a relief mission with Patricia Arquette; receiving a serenade from Michael Bolton on a Caribbean island. These are just some of the WOW! moments possible for everyday donors through a new online charity service that combines star power with digital marketing savvy to contribute millions to celebrity causes worldwide.

Identifying speech, hearing problems early may prevent future losses

May 1, 2015 - 12:13pm
Experts share tips and tools that identify and prevent speech, voice, and hearing impairments. Such impairments affect 43 million Americans, they say, noting how important it is to diagnose these early.

Elusive new bird discovered in China

May 1, 2015 - 7:59am
An international team of scientists has discovered a new bird in China. The new bird, the Sichuan bush warbler, resides in five mountainous provinces in central China. The bird has shunned the limelight by hiding in grassy, scrubby vegetation over the years. However, its distinctive song eventually gave it away, said an integrative biologist on the team.

Unveiling of the world's smallest and most powerful micro motors

May 1, 2015 - 7:51am
Piezoelectric ultrasonic motors have two significant advantages, namely their high energy density and their simple structure, which both contribute to their miniaturization. We have built a prototype micro ultrasonic motor using a stator with a volume of approximately one cubic millimeter. Our experiments have shown that the prototype motor generates a torque of more than 10 μNm with a one cubic millimeter stator. This novel motor is now the smallest micro ultrasonic motor that has been developed with a practical torque.

Streaming site Grooveshark shuts under industry pressure

May 1, 2015 - 3:42am
Grooveshark, an early leader in music streaming that enraged major labels by letting users upload copyrighted songs, abruptly shut down late Thursday after years of litigation.

Song heralds new bird's arrival

May 1, 2015 - 2:05am
The distinctive song of a secretive and elusive bird in central China helps researchers to describe it as a new species to science.