What makes good music?

HIT songs are big business, so there is an incentive for composers to try to tease out those ingredients that might increase their chances of success. This, however, is hard. Songs are complex mixtures of features. How to analyse them is not obvious and is made more difficult still by the fact that what is popular changes over time. But Natalia Komarova, More...

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By SLPundit On Thursday, May 17th, 2018
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The two ways to measure how fast the universe is growing do not agree

ONE of the most basic facts about the universe is that it is expanding. This observation, made by Edwin Hubble (pictured) in 1929, leads to all sorts of mind-stretching ideas. That the universe is growing implies More...

By SLPundit On Thursday, May 17th, 2018
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Arctic ice brings an understanding of ancient Europe’s economy

GREENLAND’S icy mountains are not an obvious place to search for an archive of economic history, but a study just published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that they provide one. More...

By SLPundit On Wednesday, May 16th, 2018
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Google Offers US Political Groups Free Cybersecurity

Google's parent company Alphabet is offering U.S.-based political groups free cyber protection ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, The Hill reports. Project Shield, run by Jigsaw, is a free service that protects More...

By SLPundit On Wednesday, May 16th, 2018
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NASA Data: Earth Cooled by Half a Degree Celsius From '16-'18

The average global temperature dropped by more than half a degree Celsius from February 2016 to February 2018, according to recent NASA data. According to RealClear Markets, the average temperature around the world More...

By SLPundit On Wednesday, May 16th, 2018
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NASA Data: Earth Cooled by Half a Degree from 2016-2018

The average global temperature dropped by more than half a degree Celsius from February 2016 to February 2018, according to recent NASA data. According to RealClear Markets, the average temperature around the world More...

By SLPundit On Wednesday, May 16th, 2018
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Google Offers US Political Groups Free Cyber Security

Google’s parent company Alphabet is offering U.S.-based political groups free cyber protection ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, the Hill reports. Project Shield, run by Jigsaw, is a free service that More...

By SLPundit On Wednesday, May 16th, 2018
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The world’s lightest wireless flying machine lifts off

DRONES are getting ever smaller. The latest is the first insect-sized robot to take to the air without a tether delivering its power. To get their device aloft, Sawyer Fuller of the University of Washington, in More...

By SLPundit On Thursday, May 10th, 2018
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The idea that women are cyclical cuckolders bites the dust

ONE of the more intriguing findings in the field of evolutionary psychology over the past two decades has been that ovulating women are more strongly attracted to men with faces that have pronounced masculine characteristics, More...

By SLPundit On Thursday, May 10th, 2018
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A better way to transmit messages underwater

RADIO waves cannot penetrate water, so cannot be used for submarine communication. That is why the sea is probed by sonar, not radar. But, as people and their machines venture ever farther into the deep, ways of More...