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Music - 06.06.2019
Decoding Beethoven's music style using data science
Decoding Beethoven's music style using data science
What makes Beethoven sound like Beethoven? EPFL researchers have completed a first analysis of Beethoven's writing style, applying statistical techniques to unlock recurring patterns. EPFL researchers are investigating Beethoven's composition style and they are using statistical techniques to quantify and explore the patterns that characterize musical structures in the Western classical tradition.

Life Sciences - Music - 27.05.2019
Music helps to build the brains of very premature babies
Music helps to build the brains of very premature babies
Researchers from UNIGE and HUG demonstrate how music specially composed for premature infants strengthens the development of their brain networks and could limit the neurodevelopmental delays that often affect these children.    In Switzerland, as in most industrialized countries, nearly 1% of children are born "very prematurely", i.e. before the 32nd week of pregnancy, which represents about 800 children yearly.

Astronomy / Space Science - Music - 06.05.2019
Blue supergiant stars open doors to concert in space
Blue supergiants are rock 'n' roll: they live fast and die young. This makes them rare and difficult to study. Before space telescopes were invented, few blue supergiants had been observed, so our knowledge of these stars was limited. Using recent NASA space telescope data, an international team led by KU Leuven studied the sounds originating inside these stars and discovered that almost all blue supergiants shimmer in brightness because of waves on their surface.

Physics - Music - 30.04.2019
Scientists connect quantum bits with sound and over record distances
Scientists with the Institute for Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago have made two breakthroughs in the quest to develop quantum technology. In one study, they entangled two quantum bits using sound for the first time ; in another, they built the highest-quality long-range link between two qubits to date.

Music - 26.04.2019
Music and mindful music listening may improve stroke recovery
Music and mindful music listening may help people who have suffered strokes recover their impaired cognitive abilities more effectively, new research suggests. In a new paper published in the International Journal of Stroke, researchers and clinicians from the Universities of Glasgow, Edinburgh, and East Anglia and NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde report on the outcomes of a study which aimed to investigate the effects of combining music listening and mindfulness techniques on recovery after a stroke.

Music - Astronomy / Space Science - 05.04.2019
Music for space
Music for space
5 April 2019 Music has long been known to affect people's mood. A certain tune can lift you up or bring you to tears, make you focus, relax or even run faster. Now a study is investigating how the power of music may improve human performance in one of the most stressful and alien environments we know - space.

Environment - Music - 05.04.2019
Music consumption has unintended economic and environmental costs
Music consumption has unintended economic and environmental costs, according to new research published today (Monday 8 April 2019) in the run-up to worldwide Record Store Day. The price consumers have been willing to pay for listening to recorded music has never been lower, while the environmental impact of listening to music has never been higher, researchers have found.

Physics - Music - 14.03.2019
Exotic
Exotic "second sound" phenomenon observed in pencil lead
At relatively balmy temperatures, heat behaves like sound when moving through graphite, study reports. The next time you set a kettle to boil, consider this scenario: After turning the burner off, instead of staying hot and slowly warming the surrounding kitchen and stove, the kettle quickly cools to room temperature and its heat hurtles away in the form of a boiling-hot wave.

Music - Physics - 27.02.2019
Snapshot technique helps scientists 'hear' the quantum world
Snapshot technique helps scientists ’hear’ the quantum world
When scientists examine very small and swift objects they see the laws of physics working wildly differently than in the everyday “normal-sized” world. Observing these counterintuitive happenings in larger objects has always been difficult, but University of Queensland physicists - part of an Austrian/UK research team - have created a new technique to make the observation of quantum movement much easier.

Music - 23.01.2019
Famous freak wave recreated in lab mirrors Hokusai’s ’Great Wave’
A team of researchers based at the Universities of Oxford and Edinburgh have recreated for the first time the famous Draupner freak wave measured in the North Sea in 1995. The Draupner wave was one of the first confirmed observations of a freak wave in the ocean; it was observed on the 1st of January 1995 in the North Sea by measurements made on the Draupner Oil Platform.

Music - Health - 21.11.2018
X-rays show how periods of stress changed an ice age hyena to the bone
A few hundred thousand years ago during Earth's most recent ice age, a beefy subspecies of spotted hyena that was more than double the weight of its modern relative roamed Eurasia's snow-glazed terrain. Until their extinction about 11,000 years ago, these animals, now known as cave hyenas, would drag their prey into dens and devour them with bone-crushing jaws.

Music - Life Sciences - 13.11.2018
Resonant mechanism discovery could inspire ultra-thin acoustic absorbers
Resonant mechanism discovery could inspire ultra-thin acoustic absorbers
New research led by academics at the University of Bristol has discovered that the scales on moth wings vibrate and can absorb the sound frequencies used by bats for echolocation (biological sonar). The finding could help researchers develop bioinspired thin and lightweight resonant sound absorbers.

Music - Innovation / Technology - 13.11.2018

Music - History / Archeology - 06.11.2018
Oceanographers produce first-ever images of entire cod shoals
Oceanographers produce first-ever images of entire cod shoals
Wide-ranging acoustic images could help researchers identify populations on the brink of collapse. For the most part, the mature Atlantic cod is a solitary creature that spends most of its time far below the ocean's surface, grazing on bony fish, squid, crab, shrimp, and lobster - unless it's spawning season, when the fish flock to each other by the millions, forming enormous shoals that resemble frenzied, teeming islands in the sea.

Music - 05.11.2018
Music improves social communication in autistic children
Improved communication skills may be linked to increased connectivity between auditory and motor regions of the brain, researchers at Université de Montreal and McGill University find Engaging in musical activities such as singing and playing instruments in one-on-one therapy can improve autistic children's social communication skills, improve their family's quality of life, as well as increased brain connectivity in key networks, according to researchers at Université de Montréal and McGill University.

Music - 15.10.2018
Lift off for world-first ultrasound levitation that bends around barriers
Lift off for world-first ultrasound levitation that bends around barriers
Researchers at the University of Sussex have become the first in the world to develop technology which can bend sound waves around an obstacle and levitate an object above it. SoundBender, developed by Professor Sriram Subramanian, Dr Gianluca Memoli and Dr Diego Martinez Plasencia at the University of Sussex, is an interface capable of producing dynamic self-bending beams that enable both levitation of small objects and tactile feedback around an obstacle.

Music - 05.10.2018
Researchers make big strides in noise cancellation
Researchers make big strides in noise cancellation
Researchers at The Australian National University (ANU) have found a way to cancel out the noise produced by things like motors and air conditioning units, providing some much-needed relief to anyone working or living in a noisy environment. Professor Thushara Abhayapala from the Research School of Engineering says it's a similar concept to the technology used in noise cancellation headphones - but on a much bigger scale.

Life Sciences - Music - 07.09.2018
Beatboxers' and guitarists' brains react differently to hearing music
Beatboxers’ and guitarists’ brains react differently to hearing music
The brains of professional beatboxers and guitarists respond to music differently when compared to each other and non-musicians, finds a new UCL-led study. The study, published in Cerebral Cortex and funded by Wellcome, sheds light on how learning and making music can affect mental processes. The researchers found that the area of the brain that controls mouth movements was particularly active when beatboxers listened to a previously unheard beatboxing track, while the 'hand area' of the guitarists' brains showed heightened activity when they listened to guitar playing.

Music - Life Sciences - 31.08.2018
Printing with sound
Highlights: > Harvard University researchers have developed a new printing technology that uses sound waves to control the size of liquid droplets independent of fluid viscosity > This approach could greatly broaden the types of liquids, including biopharmaceuticals, that can be printed drop-on-demand > The researchers used sound waves to generate a highly confined force at the tip of the printer nozzle, which pulls the droplet.

Music - Health - 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.