Astronomer Frank Drake dies

On Friday, September 2, 2022, at the age of 93, American astronomer Frank Drake, who became one of the pioneers of the search for radio signals from extraterrestrial civilizations, died. He is also one of the creators of the records for the Pioneer and Voyager probes and the Arecibo radio message, according to the SETI… Continue reading Astronomer Frank Drake dies

Playing music in childhood has been linked to long-term improvements in cognitive abilities.

Playing a musical instrument in childhood and adolescence is associated with improved cognitive skills in later life, British researchers have found. The positive effect persisted even after adjusting for several factors, such as childhood environment. The study was published in Psychological Science. Developed cognitive skills can influence academic and professional achievements, as well as health.… Continue reading Playing music in childhood has been linked to long-term improvements in cognitive abilities.

Gene therapy helps fix hair cells in mice's inner ears

Researchers have developed a gene therapy drug that restores hair cells in the inner ear of newborn mice. Using an adeno-associated viral vector, scientists delivered the Eps8 protein, the deficiency of which leads to deafness, into animal cells. After administering the drug to mice with a mutation in the gene Eps8 the lack of protein… Continue reading Gene therapy helps fix hair cells in mice's inner ears

Music choice was associated with decreased pain intensity

The relationship between pain relief and activity in choosing music was shown in natural conditions – previously this statistical relationship was tested only in laboratory experiments. The authors of the article published in PLoS One, conducted an experiment with 286 adults who rated how the intensity and unpleasantness of pain changed after listening to a… Continue reading Music choice was associated with decreased pain intensity

Babies found social partners through their parents

Researchers from the United States have found that by observing their parents, infants are able to identify possible partners for interaction among strangers. Moreover, their choice is connected not simply with the friendliness of a potential partner, but with an analysis of who their parents communicate with, that is, who their parents consider close people.… Continue reading Babies found social partners through their parents

Yandex Music has learned to generate neural network melodies

Yandex has taught its music streaming service to generate melodies in several genres, according to a press release received by the editor. N+1. Synthesized music is created based on the user's preferences and changes if he presses the dislike button. One of the main advantages of music streaming services over regular players is that they… Continue reading Yandex Music has learned to generate neural network melodies

Nokia has built wireless headphones into a push-button phone

HMD Global introduced the Nokia 5710 XpressAudio phone, which has a compartment for charging and storing wireless headphones. It also has buttons to control music playback, but it does not support music streaming services, although this is the main way the world listens to music today. Many people carry several gadgets with them at once,… Continue reading Nokia has built wireless headphones into a push-button phone

The sound eased the pain of mice

Doctors from China and the United States have proven that sound can reduce inflammatory pain in mice and have shown that it is the low ratio of sound to ambient noise that matters, not the type of sound. The authors described the process through the corticothalamic pathways in a paper published in Science. Pain, expressed… Continue reading The sound eased the pain of mice

US approves testing of ecstasy for group psychotherapy for PTSD

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), after lengthy negotiations, has approved a clinical trial of methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) for group psychotherapy in patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to a press release from the Interdisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), which conducts and sponsors American research of this kind. Clinical trials of MDMA, known… Continue reading US approves testing of ecstasy for group psychotherapy for PTSD

People rushing to work were given a simulated electric shock

Japanese scientists have described the flow of people between urban areas at different times of the day using a representation of electrical circuits, in which each person becomes like a charged particle. Based on GPS data from mobile phones, they calculated the electrical currents and resistance of the urban environment, the minimum of which was… Continue reading People rushing to work were given a simulated electric shock