What Beatboxing and Opera Singing Look Like Inside an MRI Machine

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Beatboxing, the practice of producing drum machine-like beats (especially TR-808-like beats) with one’s voice, has long since made the transition from parlor trick to acknowledged musical art form. But we still have much to understand about it, as the recently-emerged first generation of beatboxing scholars knows full well.

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Free: Download Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Short Course, The Inexplicable Universe, in Audio or Video Format

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If you think of the most respected science communicators today, the name Neil deGrasse Tyson — probably the only man alive, after all, who could successfully make a new Cosmos — has to come to mind.

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This Is Your Brain on Jane Austen: The Neuroscience of Reading Great Literature

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I freely admit it—like a great many people these days, I have a social media addiction. My drug of choice, Twitter, can seem like a particularly schizoid means of acquiring and sharing information (or knee-jerk opinion, rumor, innuendo, nonsense, etc.) and a particularly accelerated form of distractibility that never, ever sleeps.

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Marie Curie’s Research Papers Are Still Radioactive 100+ Years Later

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When researching a famous historical figure, access to their work and materials usually proves to be one of the biggest obstacles.

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What Kind of Bird Is That?: A Free App From Cornell Will Give You the Answer

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Part of the mission of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology is to help people answer the question, “What is that bird?” And so, in collaboration with the Visipedia research project, they’ve designed Merlin, a free app available on iTunes and Google Play.

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10 Million Years of Evolution Visualized in an Elegant, 5-Foot Long Infographic from 1931

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Click here to see the entire histomap in large, zoomable, format.
The early decades of the twentieth century belonged to Cecil B. DeMille and his epic films both Biblical and classical: The Ten Commandments, Cleopatra, Samson and Delilah.

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Carl Sagan Issues a Chilling Warning to America in His Final Interview (1996)

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Until the end of his life, Carl Sagan (1934-1996) continued doing what he did all along — popularizing science and “enthusiastically conveying the wonders of the universe to millions of people on television and in books.

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The Science of Singing: New, High-Speed MRI Machine Images Man Singing ‘If I Only Had a Brain’

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Back in December, Ayun Halliday took you inside an MRI machine to explore the neuroscience of jazz improvisation and musical creativity. Along the way, you got to see Johns Hopkins surgeon Charles Limb jam on a keyboard inside one of those crowded, claustrophobia-inducing tubes.

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High-Tech Japanese Camera Proves That the Shape of a Wine Glass Affects the Flavor of Wines

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Japanese scientists have developed a camera that confirms what we’ve long sensed: “wine glass shape has a very sophisticated functional design for tasting and enjoying wine.” That’s what Kohji Mitsubayashi, a researcher at the Tokyo Medical and Dental University, told Chemistry World.

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Paper Animation Tells Curious Story of How a Meteorologist Theorized Pangaea & Continental Drift (1910)

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Over a century ago, the German meteorologist Alfred Wegener (1880-1930) put forth a theory that changed how we look at an entirely different scientific discipline — geology. He argued that the continents once formed a single landmass called “Pangaea,” and that continental drift moved them apart slowly but ever so surely.

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