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Feb 2, 2019

Listening to the music you love will make your brain release more dopamine, study finds

Posted by in categories: media & arts, neuroscience

A new study has found that dopamine — a neurotransmitter that plays an important role in our cognitive, emotional, and behavioral functioning — plays a direct role in the reward experience induced by music. The new findings have been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

“In everyday life, humans regularly seek participation in highly complex and pleasurable experiences such as music listening, singing, or playing, that do not seem to have any specific survival advantage. Understanding how the brain translates a structured sequence of sounds, such as music, into a pleasant and rewarding experience is thus a challenging and fascinating question,” said study author Laura Ferreri, an associate professor in cognitive psychology at Lyon University.

“In the scientific literature, there was a lack of direct evidence showing that dopamine function is causally related to music-evoked pleasure. Therefore in this study, through a pharmacological approach, we wanted to investigate whether dopamine, which plays a major role in regulating pleasure experiences and motivation to engage in certain behaviors, plays a direct role in the experience of pleasure induced by music.”

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Jan 31, 2019

Study: Memories of music cannot be lost to Alzheimer’s and dementia

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, media & arts, neuroscience

The part of your brain responsible for ASMR catalogs music, and appears to be a stronghold against Alzheimer’s and dementia.

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Jan 28, 2019

AI recreates paintings using 3D printing

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, media & arts, robotics/AI

The texture of an artist’s original work can now be reproduced with AI-controlled 3D printing.

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Jan 20, 2019

Physicists Discover Artwork Hidden Under Picasso’s Paintings

Posted by in categories: media & arts, physics

Spectroscopy reveals there’s more to art than what meets the eye.

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Jan 20, 2019

Flexible Loudspeaker Made of Nanowires Will Stick to Your Skin and Play Music

Posted by in categories: media & arts, nanotechnology

Now researchers at Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) in South Korea have made a nanomembrane out of silver nanowires to serve as flexible loudspeakers or microphones. The researchers even went so far as to demonstrate their nanomembrane by making it into a loudspeaker that could be attached to skin and used it to play the final movement of a violin concerto—namely, La Campanella by Niccolo Paganini.


Researchers in South Korea made a tiny loudspeaker, and then used it to play a violin concerto.

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Jan 9, 2019

A system to generate new song lyrics that match the style of specific artists

Posted by in categories: media & arts, robotics/AI

Researchers at the University of Waterloo, Canada, have recently developed a system for generating song lyrics that match the style of particular music artists. Their approach, outlined in a paper pre-published on arXiv, uses a variational autoencoder (VAE) with artist embeddings and a CNN classifier trained to predict artists from MEL spectrograms of their song clips.

“The motivation for this project came from my personal interest,” Olga Vechtomova, one of the researchers who carried out the study, told TechXplore. “Music is a passion of mine, and I was curious about whether a machine can generate lines that sound like the lyrics of my favourite music artists. While working on text generative models, my research group found that can generate some impressive lines of text. The natural next step for us was to explore whether a machine could learn the ‘essence’ of a specific music artist’s lyrical style, including choice of words, themes and sentence structure, to generate novel lyrics lines that sound like the artist in question.”

The system developed by Vechtomova and her colleagues is based on a neural network model called variational autoencoder (VAE), which can learn by reconstructing original lines of text. In their study, the researchers trained their model to generate any number of new, diverse and coherent lyric lines.

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Dec 30, 2018

How Can Galaxies Travel Faster Than Light?

Posted by in categories: media & arts, space

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Probably my biggest regret when I made the Hubble Deep Field in 3D video is saying the phrase “these galaxies are racing away from us, in some cases faster than light”.

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Dec 25, 2018

Universal Basic Income Explained – Free Money for Everybody? UBI

Posted by in categories: economics, media & arts

What is UBI? How would free money change our lives.

Kurzgesagt Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/cRUQxz

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Dec 15, 2018

Meet the People Trying to Live Long Enough to Live Forever

Posted by in categories: life extension, media & arts

For the most serious devotees, immortality-seeking is a full-time commitment to keeping abreast of the latest innovations—they speak of these “modalities” with the same reverence a Christian would of a blessing. A $250 billion industry of antiaging products and services is there for the collection—and many of their offerings are for sale at RAADfest.


Ivan Apers, center, surrounded by participants in the RAAD Challenge, a yearlong health and fitness regimen culminating at RAADfest. Members showed off their results with a choreographed workout set to music.

This story appears in VICE Magazine’s Burnout and Escapism Issue. Click HERE to subscribe.

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Dec 6, 2018

What Treasures Were Lost in the Destruction of the Great Musaeum of Alexandria?

Posted by in categories: media & arts, neuroscience

The city he described did not exist for much longer. A bishop soon destroyed the heritage of many generations of ancient minds in the name of a new faith. In 391 AD, the beautiful temple of wisdom was ruined. There is no evidence of the existence of the library after that date, but it seems that the people of Alexandria, the legendary philosophers, scientists, and their supporters saved some of the books. However, in 642 AD, when the city was captured by Muslims, they burned all the books not related to Islam that they found in public places.


The monumental Musaeum of Alexandria was famous for its legendary library. The tragic story of the building’s destruction continues to be a painful one for people who love ancient history and literature. So what treasures were lost in its devastating fire?

The Musaeum, or Mouseion, was a home to art, music, poetry, and philosophy. It is extremely difficult to find out exactly what was located on the shelves of the library, but generations of passionate researchers have created some possible lists of the lost scrolls’ authors.

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