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Arts 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.
Arts and Design - Physics/Materials Science
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/Sustainable Development - Arts 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.
Arts 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.
Arts 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 - Arts 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.
Arts and Design - Medicine/Pharmacology
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.
Arts 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.
Arts 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.
Arts 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.
Arts 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.
Arts 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.
Arts 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 - Arts 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.
Arts and Design - Physics/Materials Science
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.
Arts and Design
23.02.2017
New 100 million Rosalind Franklin research institute to improve health through physical science innovation
Listening to five minutes of West African or Indian pop music can give the listener more positive attitudes towards those cultures, research from the Universities of Oxford and Exeter has found. Research had previously shown that making music can foster affiliation and cooperation among participants, but this study shows that even listening to music can improve someone's unconscious attitudes towards other cultural groups.
Arts and Design
14.02.2017
Listening to music can improve unconscious attitudes towards other cultures
Listening to five minutes of West African or Indian pop music can give the listener more positive attitudes towards those cultures, research from the Universities of Oxford and Exeter has found. Research had previously shown that making music can foster affiliation and cooperation among participants, but this study shows that even listening to music can improve someone's unconscious attitudes towards other cultural groups.
Life Sciences - Arts and Design
08.02.2017
Sex, drugs, and rock & roll chemistry in the brain
The same brain-chemical system that mediates feelings of pleasure from sex, recreational drugs, and food is also critical to experiencing musical pleasure, according to a study by McGill University researchers published today in the Nature journal Scientific Reports . The same brain-chemical system that mediates feelings of pleasure from sex, recreational drugs, and food is also critical to experiencing musical pleasure, according to a study by McGill University researchers published today in the Nature journal Scientific Reports .
Arts and Design - Life Sciences
04.01.2017
Lack of joy from music linked to brain disconnection
Using fMRI data, researchers found that while listening to music, specific musical anhedonics presented a reduction in the activity of the Nucleus Accumbens Have you ever met someone who just wasn‘t into music' They may have a condition called specific musical anhedonia, which affects three-to-five per cent of the population.
Arts and Design
21.12.2016
Kids think stereotypes reflect how world should be
ANN ARBOR'Once children believe that a group is characterized by a certain trait, they think individual people within that group should also be judged by that trait, according to a University of Michigan study. U-M researchers introduced participants to unfamiliar groups?"Hibbles" and "Glerks"?who differed from each other in harmless behaviors, such as the kind of food they eat, language they speak, music they listen to and games they play.
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