Animal Kingdom

Meet Alviniconcha strummeri – the spike-haired snail named after a famous punk rocker

The Alviniconcha strummeri sea snail is covered in awesome spikes giving it the telltale appearance (you may need to squint your eyes a bit) of a classic spike-haired punk rocker. In fact, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute named it Alviniconcha strummeri after the famous Clash frontman, punk rocker Joe Strummer. “Because they look like punk rockers in the 70s and 80s and have purple blood and live in such an extreme environment, we decided to name one new species after a punk rock icon.” These golf ball-sized punk rock snails live thousands of feet underwater, crowded around the mouths of fiery-hot hydrothermal vents. Scientists believe the extreme heat from the thermal vents are what give the snail its typical severely damaged and spiked shell.…
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Space

Comet 67P/C-G sings us an alien song – and it freaks Reeko out

While the Philae probe naps on the surface of Comet 67P/ Churyumov-Gerasimenko, scientists found that the comet is singing a lullaby to the sleepy little probe – albeit not quite the sweet soothing melody your mother sings. Rosetta, the orbiter flying around Comet 67P/ Churyumov-Gerasimenko while Philae sleeps, measured the magnetic field around the comet and found that oscillations in the magnetic field are being emitted at around 40-50 millihertz, too low for humans to hear with their ears (human hearing ranges between 20 Hz and 20 kHz). But a German composer, curious about what the comet was singing to us, increased the frequency of the oscillations about 100 times to produce sound waves in the range that humans can hear. Scientists are not yet…
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Other fun stuff

This woman can sing two musical notes at same time (which freaks Reeko out) [VIDEO]

Singer Anne-Maria Hefele can sing two notes at the same time and the result is nothing short of amazing (Reeko says freaky). The otherworldly sounds (Reeko calls them spooky) that she makes are created by moving the fundamental and overtones in opposite directions. She makes these wonderful sounds (Reeko thinks they’re creepy) by shaping her mouth and throat and positioning her tongue to change the path of air as it travels from her lungs past her vocal chords. This type of singing is called throat singing or polyphonic overtone singing. And for those little scientists who are wondering – she is not an alien nor a freak of nature. She has trained her voice to do this! Woman sings two notes at same time (throat singing)…
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Medical

Scientists replace man’s lost arm with robotic drumming arm – meet the world’s first human-cyborg drummer!

No replacement for a lost body part is going to be as good as the original (at least not yet), but in special cases, such as with professional drummer Jason Barnes, scientists can come pretty close. Jason lost his arm after an accident at his job and afterward found that, although he could still play his drums, it just wasn't quite the same as before. Jason had long dreamt of being accepted to the Atlanta Institute of Music and despite his unfortunate accident, refused to give up his dream of being a professional drummer. After talking to a few friends about his problem, he was put in touch with the Atlanta Institute of Music and Media who set to work on not only getting Jason…
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Sound

Make a homemade Kazoo musical instrument

Homemade Kazoo Ah, the sound of beautiful music. But what some will call music, others will call noise. The lab rats and monkeys are partial to Metallica while Reeko is more of a Beethoven aficionado. Put the two groups of musical tastes together and well, you have a big fight over what radio station to listen to. In this experiment, we’ll create a musical instrument called a Kazoo. With it, we’ll make beautiful music… or noise, depending upon your musical preference. 1 – Cut a small square of wax paper, about 1 inch larger than the end of your cardboard tube. 2 – Center the wax paper square over the end of the tube and wrap the edges. 3 – Put the rubber band around…
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