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Data scientist Matt Daniels decided to take a look at the lyrics of popular hip-hop acts and analyze how diverse they are.
Literary elites love to rep Shakespeare’s vocabulary: across his entire corpus, he uses 28,829 words, suggesting he knew over 100,000 words and arguably had the largest vocabulary, ever. I decided to compare this data point against the most famous artists in hip hop.
Jason Tate on 05/05/14 - 11:48 AM
According to a new study by researchers at the University of Sussex, women really are more attracted to men who can produce music.
The researchers believe it provides the first scientific support for Charles Darwin’s theory that the prime function of music is to aid sexual courtship. Dr Charlton said: "The ability to create complex music could be indicative of advanced cognitive abilities. "Consequently, women may acquire genetic benefits for offspring by selecting musicians able to create more complex music as sexual partners."
Jason Tate on 04/25/14 - 11:46 AM
Maria Konnikova, writing for The New Yorker, on the science behind why we yawn:
Rather than empathy, the contagious nature of yawning may be highlighting something very different. “We’re getting insight into the human herd: yawning as a primal form of sociality,” Provine says. Yawning may be, at its root, a mechanism of social signalling. When we yawn, we are communicating with one another. We are sending an external sign of something internal, be it our boredom or our anxiety, our fatigue or our hunger—all moments when we may need a helping hand. In fact, yawning may be the opposite of what we generally think. It’s less likely a signal that you’re tired than a signal that it’s time for...
Jason Tate on 04/25/14 - 11:31 AM
We might be able to get our hearing back - scientists have found a potential cure for permanent deafness caused by loud noise exposure, infection and toxic drugs, using a drug that stimulates the inner ear.
Jack Appleby on 09/30/13 - 12:35 AM
Frank Iero (My Chemical Romance) recently produced a song for a New Jersey band named Science. The new track was recorded at North End Studios, and some photos from the tracking session can be found here.

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Jason Tate on 02/28/13 - 09:58 AM
If you couldn't tell from the last few news posts that I'm clearly in a weird mood as the day winds down, here's one for you (and no, I'm not posting about zombies): our galaxy is fucked ... in 6 billion years.
From the ArticleWhen Andromeda gets here, the sun will likely be pushed out much farther into the universe. By that time though, Earth will have become too hot to be inhabited by humans anyway. Our sun will not be directly hit when the initial collision happens in 4 billion years. But in 6 billion years, when the merger is complete, our sun will die.
Jason Tate on 05/31/12 - 04:23 PM
Scientists have created a turntable that reads tree rings like music on an LP.
From the ArticleGerman artist Bartholomäus Traubeck recently debuted a record-player he developed which is capable of digitally reading tree-slices and translating them into surprisingly moving piano music. Tree-rings, of course, considered to be annual records of a tree's growth rate -- which in turn offer clues to the hardships and fruitful periods experienced over the life of the tree.

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Jason Tate on 02/08/12 - 10:13 AM
A "new" study shows that people like listening to music because it gives them pleasure caused by dopamine.
Matthew Tsai on 01/15/11 - 07:07 PM
Ozzy Osbourne, a self-proclaimed "medical miracle," has decided to donate his body to science.

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Blake Solomon on 06/11/10 - 07:35 AM
Science Fiction Theatre (ex-Rufio) has posted a new song called "June" on Myspace. Look for the track to be on the bands forthcoming debut.
Jon Foucart on 10/25/06 - 06:30 PM
Science Fiction Theatre (ex-Rufio) has finished tracking their debut. Expect more information on the disc in the near future.
Track TitlesCity Saints
June
Don't Change This Town
Open Minded Candidate
Lynn
Wreckage Sale
Room For Rent
L.R.T.A.H.F.A.T.G.B.C
Jon Foucart on 09/11/06 - 06:57 AM
Mike Jimenez of Rufio's new project, Science Fiction Theatre, has a MySpace page on which you can listen to a few songs and read about the history of the band.
Rohan Kohli on 03/08/06 - 08:05 AM
So, anyone excited for our Hit the Lights "leak" coming up next week?
Rohan Kohli on 03/06/06 - 10:20 PM
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