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Health - Art and Design - 21.12.2017
Weekly Fish Consumption Linked to Better Sleep, Higher IQ, Penn Study Finds
Thursday, December 21, 2017 Children who eat fish at least once a week sleep better and have IQ scores that are 4 points higher, on average, than those who consume fish less frequently or not at all, according to new findings from the University of Pennsylvania published today in Scientific Reports , a Nature journal.

Art and Design - Chemistry - 11.12.2017
Scientists from UCLA, National Gallery of Art pioneer new way to analyze ancient artwork
'Macroscale multimodal chemical imaging' reveals details about second century Egyptian painting Matthew Chin Scientists from UCLA and the National Gallery of Art have used a combination of three advanced imaging techniques to produce a highly detailed analysis of a second century Egyptian painting. They are the first to use the specific combination — which they termed “macroscale multimodal chemical imaging” — to examine an ancient work of art.

Life Sciences - Art and Design - 22.11.2017
Do birdsong and human speech share biological roots?
Do songbirds and humans have common biological hardwiring that shapes how they produce and perceive sounds? Scientists who study birdsong have been intrigued for some time by the possibility that human speech and music may be rooted in biological processes shared across a variety of animals. Now, research by McGill University biologists provides new evidence to support this idea.

Life Sciences - Art and Design - 21.11.2017
Pitch imperfect? How the brain decodes pitch may improve cochlear implants
Pitch imperfect? How the brain decodes pitch may improve cochlear implants
Picture yourself with a friend in a crowded restaurant. The din of other diners, the clattering of dishes, the muffled notes of background music, the voice of your friend, not to mention your own - all compete for your brain's attention. For many people, the brain can automatically distinguish the noises, identifying the sources and recognizing what they "say” and mean thanks to, among other features of sound, pitch.

Art and Design - Life Sciences - 10.11.2017
That music playing in your head: a real conundrum for scientists
That music playing in your head: a real conundrum for scientists
Researchers at EPFL can now see what happens in our brains when we hear music in our heads. The researchers hope that in time their findings will be used to help people who have lost the ability to speak. When we listen to music, different parts of our brain process different information - such as high and low frequencies - so that our auditory perception of the sounds matches what we hear.

Art and Design - Physics - 19.10.2017
As black as ebony
As black as ebony
Like many tropical wood types, ebony is an endangered species that is tricky to use, such in in-strument manufacturing.

Environment - Art and Design - 29.09.2017
Conservationists should harness ‘Hollywood effect' to help wildlife
Conservationists should harness ‘Hollywood effect’ to help wildlife
How did Finding Nemo affect clownfish? Was Jaws bad for sharks' Did the remake of the Jungle Book help pangolins? Researchers from Lancaster University and the University of Exeter say conservation scientists could work with filmmakers to harness the “Hollywood effect” to boost conservation.

Art and Design - 21.09.2017
Babies can learn that hard work pays off
Babies can learn that hard work pays off
If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. A new study from MIT reveals that babies as young as 15 months can learn to follow this advice. The researchers found that babies who watched an adult struggle at two different tasks before succeeding tried harder at their own difficult task, compared to babies who saw an adult succeed effortlessly.

Art and Design - Life Sciences - 13.09.2017
When music makes male faces more attractive
When music makes male faces more attractive
Women rate photographs of male faces as more attractive and are more likely to date the men pictured when they have previously heard music. Moreover, highly arousing music led to the largest effect on sexual attraction. A team of psychologists led by Manuela Marin (University of Innsbruck) and Helmut Leder (University of Vienna) explains the significance of this finding in relation to the origins of music in their latest publication in the scientific journal PLOS ONE.

Computer Science / Telecom - Art and Design - 07.08.2017
Spectacular images thanks to an efficient algorithm
Spectacular images thanks to an efficient algorithm
Filming of spectacular action scenes is expensive and the creative possibilities are often limited. An ETH doctoral student has developed an algorithm that allows drones to implement the desired picture compositions independently.

Art and Design - Health - 24.07.2017
Musicians have high prevalence of eating disorders, study finds
Musicians have high prevalence of eating disorders, study finds
They may live for the limelight and the call of their muse, but musicians may also be prone to eating disorders, according to new research. A study of active musicians - including amateurs, students, professionals, and retired musicians - has found that they may have a high prevalence of food-related disorders, which could be explained by a combination of personality traits and the demands of the job.

Art and Design - Computer Science / Telecom - 06.07.2017
Artificial musician builds new melodies without music theory
Artificial musician builds new melodies without music theory
A deep-learning algorithm developed by EPFL scientists can generate melodies that imitate a given style of music.

Art and Design - History / Archeology - 14.06.2017
Research into Spanish masterpiece 'Lady In A Fur Wrap'
Research into Spanish masterpiece ’Lady In A Fur Wrap’
Leading international specialists in art history have launched a collaborative research project centring around one of Glasgow Museums' most famous paintings 'The Lady in a Fur Wrap' attributed to El Greco (1541-1614). The new research is being led by the University of Glasgow, in partnership with Glasgow Museums which owns the painting and related portraits in the important collection formed by Sir William Stirling Maxwell.

Art and Design - Life Sciences - 02.06.2017
Facial expressions can cause us problems in telling unfamiliar faces apart
Facial expressions can cause us problems in telling unfamiliar faces apart
Using hundreds of faces of actors from movies, psychologists from the University of Bristol have shown how facial expressions can get in the way of our ability to tell unfamiliar faces apart. People's faces change from moment to moment. Even over the course of a conversation with someone, changes are seen in their expressions and in the angle of their head.

Art and Design - 09.05.2017
Sound projection: Are Stradivarius violins really better?
Sound projection: Are Stradivarius violins really better?
Researchers at the Institut Jean Le Rond d'Alembert (CNRS/UPMC) have shown that recently-made violins have better sound projection 1 than those built by the famous violinmaker Antonio Stradivarius. This study, published in the journal PNAS on May 8th 2017, also shows that, despite the prestige of these old Italian violins, listeners prefer the sound made by recent instruments and cannot distinguish the two.

Art and Design - History / Archeology - 09.05.2017
Provenance exhibition shows challenges of tracing the path of ownership of artwork
Provenance exhibition shows challenges of tracing the path of ownership of artwork
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Nancy Karrels relishes solving the mysteries behind the paintings and objects we see in art museums. Karrels - a doctoral student in art history at the University of Illinois who also has two law degrees - investigates the backgrounds and histories of objects to trace their path from creator through each owner.

Art and Design - 03.05.2017
Greater capacity to detect sound gives autistic people an advantage
Greater capacity to detect sound gives autistic people an advantage
People on the autistic spectrum can take in more sounds at any given moment compared to non-autistic people, according to new research from UCL.  Researchers from the Centre for Research in Autism and Education (CRAE) at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) used two behavioural experiments to examine whether an increased capacity for processing sounds in autism could underlie both difficulties and enhanced auditory abilities that are found in the condition.

Art and Design - Life Sciences - 07.04.2017
‘Smart’ cephalopods adapt by editing genetic code, but sacrifice ability to evolve
The Arts, Science & Culture Initiative project titled ‘net(work)' is a music and neurobiology collaboration, in which a musical composition interprets and represents images of neurons sending electrical signals.

Computer Science / Telecom - Art and Design - 03.04.2017
Google's AI tool for video searching can be easily deceived
Google’s AI tool for video searching can be easily deceived
University of Washington researchers have shown that Google's new tool that uses machine learning to automatically analyze and label video content can be deceived by inserting a photograph periodically and at a very low rate into videos. After they inserted an image of a car into a video about animals, for instance, the system returned results suggesting the video was about an Audi.

Art and Design - Physics - 15.03.2017
Quantum physics offers insight into music expressivity
Quantum physics offers insight into music expressivity
Scientists at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) are bringing us closer to understanding the musical experience through a novel approach to analysing a common musical effect known as vibrato. Vibrato is the up-down oscillation in pitch introduced during instrumental or vocal performance, intended to add expressivity and to facilitate sound projection, and commonly used in opera.