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First-Ever Working Vocal Cords Grown In A Lab

The first-ever working vocal cords able to produce realistic sound have been grown from scratch in a lab, promising hope to people who have lost their voice due to illness, injury or invasive surgery.

Sound Waves Could Power The Hard Drives Of The Future

Our need to store data is growing at an astonishing rate. An estimated 2.7 zettabytes (2.721) of data are currently held worldwide, equivalent to several trillion bytes for every one of the 7 billion people on Earth. Accessing this data quickly and reliably is essential for us to do useful things with it — the problem is, all our current methods of doing so are far too slow.

This Is Why You Sometimes Get Chatter In Your Tibetan Singing Bowl

Tibetan singing bowls are known for their soothing harmonic tones, ideal for meditation. But they can also produce “chatter,” a kind of knocking sound. A group of Florida undergraduates think they have figured out why this happens.

In Italy, The Night Is Alive With Wolves

This soundtrack was recorded in the Abruzzo region of central Italy. Imagine hearing this at night, in the woods; it will send a tingle up your spine.

There Actually Is Sound In Outer Space

You’ve heard it before: In space, no one can hear you scream. That’s because sound doesn’t move through a vacuum, and everyone knows that space is a vacuum. The thing is, that’s not completely true.

A Foley Artist Adding Sound Effects To Your Life Is A Pretty Wonderful Thing

Video: Here’s a fun bit: a foley artist recreating and accentuating the sounds of everyday life, transforming a shower into hand tossing spaghetti while making coffee can be blowing bubbles in a milkshake with a swirly straw. The imagination of sounds gets more and more ridiculous which results in more and more fun.

Here's Why Perfectly-Timed Synthesized Music Can Sound Slightly Wrong

Music, if it is to be perfect, can’t be perfectly timed. A perfectly timed musical composition may sound mistimed to our stupid human brains, especially if it’s synthesized.

A Beginner's Guide To The Synth

You know the sound. Listen to Devo’s “Whip It” or Parliament’s “Flash Light.” Like countless modern pop songs, they’re full of sounds that aren’t made by acoustic instruments; the sound is pure synthetic. You’re listening to electricity manipulated by a machine.

How The Nature Of Sound And Noise Is Changing In The Digital Age

We conduct our daily lives against a soundtrack of incessant background noise. But the nature of that noise is changing in the digital age. And sound design — the way we engineer recorded audio — is changing with it.

All You Need To Do To Improve Your Meals Is Listen Closely To Your Food

If you’re a dab hand with audio equipment, this may be worth trying out during a meal or two. Experiments show that you can make your food taste better or worse just by manipulating what you hear.

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