The ancients believed that the Earth was surrounded by celestial spheres, which produced divine music when they moved. We lived, so to speak, in a huge musical instrument. This may sound silly but modern science has proved them right to a certain extent. Satellites recording sound waves resonating with the Earth’s magnetosphere – the magnetic […]
You meet Bob at a party—a friend of a friend. He’s way drunk but let’s slip that he’s a procurement manager at a very large, very flush government contractor. Dude sucks, but all it takes is a wordless handshake to get his name, contact info, schedule, and LinkedIn profile downloaded into the iPhone stored in […]
Image: Shutterstock People are notorious for using very bad passwords, so maybe we should be using our heartbeats to unlock our sensitive data instead. Researchers at Binghamton University in New York have found a way to use a patient’s electrocardiograph (ECG or EKG) as the key to access their electronic health records. ECGs measure the […]
We know that there is sound on planets and moons in the solar system – places where there’s a medium through which sound waves can be transmitted, such as an atmosphere or an ocean. But what about empty space? You may have been told definitively that space is silent, maybe by your teacher or through […]
From rainfall patterns to share price performance, the usual way to analyse any data that shows something changing over a period of time is to put it into a graphic. Making data visual usually makes it much easier to understand the trends – but not always. When you’re trying to compare various datasets at the […]
On an early morning in June, New York City’s Prospect Park is peaceful and nearly empty: A few people sleeping on benches, a few more walking their dogs, and the birds chirping—exactly what Ben Mirin comes to hear, and they put on quite a show. Whistling, warbling, tweeting, and trilling, the avian residents of Prospect […]
There have been many maps made of the London tube, from the useful to the artistic, but they invariably appeal to one sense: vision. Field recording project Cities and Memory appeals instead to the ears with its new London Underground “sound map.” This article was originally published on Motherboard Vice. See the original post.