Scientists Capture the ‘Song’ of a Distant Star

 

Scientists have captured the ‘song’ of a distant star as part of new research that is providing insights into what lies beneath its surface.  Astrophysicists from the University of Birmingham and scientists working with Nasa have measured the changes in the brightness of light coming from the star KIC 11026764, which has been nicknamed Gemma and is about twice the size of the sun.

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Climategate – The New Politics of Science

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Climategate put to song

A respected British scientist has admitted that emails taken from his inbox, calling into question many of the accepted truths of global warming, were genuine. Here is a very funny parody of “Draggin the Line” by Tommy James and the Shondells about Climategate.

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Musical Trends: Gavari Violin Ahead of the Times by 300 Years

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Next generation violin

Check out almost any classical violinist, and you might notice that the instruments they use are based on designs first created over 300 years ago. World class players are even willing to pay millions to own an original instrument from the great 17th century Italian masters like Antonio Stradivari.
If you wanted to cross an ocean at great speed you wouldn’t go looking for a 17th century ship, so why do we still use 300 year old violins? Surely by using modern design techniques and 21st century materials, we can create a better sounding instrument than a bunch of Italian guys using old bits of wood and some varnish.
That’s the thinking behind the Gavari Semiacoustic Violin from Austrian designer Gerda Hopfgartner. Working with a Viennese luthier, Hopfgartner took her inspiration from modern yachts, as well as “feminine curves and sundry corset outlines of the Baroque, Rococo, and Biedermeier ages” whatever that means. While the results certainly look cool and modern, I’m still waiting for a verdict on its sonic performance.
The Gavari violin is being shown this weekend at the Tokyo Designers Week exhibition.

Check out almost any classical violinist, and you might notice that the instruments they use are based on designs first created over 300 years ago. World class players are even willing to pay millions to own an original instrument from the great 17th century Italian masters like Antonio Stradivari. (Pics)

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‘Lucy In The Sky’ Dies At Age 46

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The woman who inspired the classic Beatles song Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds, has died at aged 46, a charity said today. The song featured on the ground-breaking 1967 album Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

John Lennon’s elder son Julian said it was inspired by a picture he drew of his classmate Lucy O’Donnell when they were at a nursery school in Weybridge, Surrey, in 1966.

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Bohemian Rhapsody Played on Classic Computer Hardware

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An Atari 800XL was used for the lead piano/organ sound. A Texas Instruments TI-99/4a as lead guitar and an 8 Inch Floppy Disk as bass. A 3.5 inch Harddrive was used as the gong with an HP ScanJet 3C used for all vocals.

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Name That Tune

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Now They Need To Create One Of These For When You Cant Remember The Catch Phrase For That Joke You Have Been Thinking About Sharing All Day

How many times have you had a tune in your head and just can’t remember who sings it, or how the rest of the words go? You’ve been there, I’ve been there, and it’s enough to drive us insane, and finally Midomi.com; a fun and unique music search business offers a solution by allowing users to sing or hum songs to find audio or video downloads.

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