science entries

London Symphonic Orchestra Play

Amazing interactive Website for the London Symphonic Orchestra. The site serves mainly as a educational resource, but it’s fun play around and to experience the different sections and players.
Lovely realization by Sennep.

Visit the site here.

via [it's nice that]

e-sound by Audi

Audi’s future e-tron models will cover long distances powered by practically silent electric motors. To ensure that pedestrians in urban settings will hear them, the brand has developed a synthetic solution: Audi e-sound.

via [CDM]

Anatomy of a Tear-Jerker

Twenty years ago, the British psychologist John Sloboda conducted a simple experiment. He asked music lovers to identify passages of songs that reliably set off a physical reaction, such as tears or goose bumps. Participants identified 20 tear-triggering passages, and when Dr. Sloboda analyzed their properties, a trend emerged: 18 contained a musical device called an “appoggiatura.”

Read the whole article on the WSJ.

Will Listening to Mozart Really Make You Smarter?

Scientists exposing the truth about the “Mozart – Effect”:
There is no increase of brainpower when you listen to Mozart.

But Glenn Schellenberg, a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto, says that there is no Mozart effect. Any number of experiences besides listening to music might improve cognition. Most people find the music of Mozart pleasant to listen to, and it might increase dopamine levels in the brain, which is generally thought to improve cognition. But “eating chocolate might have the same effect,” Schellenberg says.

In 2010, a team of Austrian researchers analyzed the results from 39 attempts to replicate the Mozart effect. In most, a group of subjects listened to a Mozart sonata before testing their spatial intelligence. Scientists then compared the results against a control group that had not heard music. The researchers’ findings were neatly summed up in their paper’s title: “Mozart Effect Schmozart Effect.”

Read the full article on Gizmodo.