Science Proves Bass Feels Boss

This shouldn’t come as a surprise to many here but, scientific research has finally upheld that bass heavy music does in fact make you feel more powerful.

This shouldn’t come as a surprise to many here but, scientific research has finally upheld that bass heavy music does in fact make you feel more powerful.

While not terribly groundbreaking, this may explain why while …And Justice For All despite being heavy and aggressive fails to ever get anybody amped up because that whole they were more into making a statement than mixing a good record thing.

Read “The Music of Power: Perceptual and Behavioral Consequences of Powerful Music, or listen to the NPR segment here.

Oh and for the record, one of the best bass-heavy tunes for your attitude according to science:

Science Upholds 5-Second Rule

Scientific research upholds if you pick up dropped food quickly, you’re more likely to be safe from harmful bacteria

Of course I never cook, I only go eat at other restaurants (not entirely true, but mostly) however I am taking note of research from Aston University and their School of Life and Health Sciences.

Also surprising from the research, although this ‘rule’ is entirely anecdotal, the research found 87% of people surveyed said they would eat food dropped on the floor, or already have done so.

Science Suggests Better To Be Right Than Happy

I could have told you this a long time ago however, science has proven it is better to be right than to be happy. Ignorance is bliss? Think again.

As part of an unusual experiment, the husband was instructed to “agree with his wife’s every opinion and request without complaint,” and to continue doing so “even if he believed the female participant was wrong,” according to a report on the research that was published Tuesday by the British Medical Journal.

Over the 12 days of the experiment, the husband’s quality of life plummeted from a baseline score of 7 all the way down to 3. The wife started out at 8 and rose to 8.5 by Day 6. She had no desire to share her quality of life with the researchers on Day 12, according to the report.

Not too terribly surprising considering cognitive dissonance tends to make you upset when you have to mentally reconcile being incorrect.

The Physics Behind Traffic Jams

Learn how traffic jams form, how to deal with them, and how to prevent them in this study by William Beaty in Smart Motorist

Here is a rather detailed, but insightful and constructive look at what causes traffic jams and more importantly some tips on preventing them. Read the entire piece by William Beaty, for a whole bunch of sciencey stuff about driving and traffic and some tips backed up by his own experiments in Seattle.

It’s always a good idea to drive without changing speed and without competing with other drivers for bits of headway. But I’d always assumed that the reasons were philosophical rather than practical. A single solitary driver, if they stop “competing” and instead adopt some unusual driving habits, can actually wipe away some of the frustrating traffic

(TL;DR, don’t be rude to other drivers, use common sense, and have patience)

The Physics Behind Traffic Jams [via SmartMotorist]

 

Understanding Music Is A Learned Trait

A recently reported study from the University of Melbourne was covered in The Atlantic, for its scientific observation of how humans come to hear, understand, and appreciate music. I’m certain this comes to the chagrin of the Sidney Dean  who was quite insistent of Billy Hoyle’s well-established inability to “hear Jimi”

The ability to identify tones and thus enjoy harmonies was positively correlated with musical training. Said study co-author Sarah Wilson, “This showed us that even the ability to hear a musical pitch (or note) is learned.

From a practical standpoint, the results seem to suggest that we can train ourselves to better appreciate music. This includes that of unfamiliar traditions, which, assuming this is not just a clever way of promoting the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, is great news for those who’ve been wanting to get into jazz . [*]

Thanks to our friends at NPR for sharing this with us

Earth Sounds

The Van Allen Radiation Belts, part of the earth’s magnetosphere, have been captured in this audio shared via The Atlantic.

Van Allen Radiation BeltsMore familiar to HAM radio operators than the layman, the sounds of Earth’s natural magnetic field.

Viewable  in this NASA image, the Van Allen Radiation Belts, part of the earth’s magnetosphere, have been captured in this audio shared via The Atlantic.

Ignorance: How It Drives

Answers have become so easy and so readily available that I think we now have too much emphasis on answers and not enough on questions

Continuing the theme diversifying content, we are sharing a link from NPR‘s Talk of the Nation. Recently, on Science Friday, Ira Flatow spoke with neuroscientist Stuart Firestein on the latter’s recent publication Ignorance: How It Drives Science Forward, outlining an important realization not unique to the scientific community.

“…answers have become so easy and so readily available that I think we now have too much emphasis on answers and not enough on questions” [*]

For more from icnt.mx, including the full interview with Firestein, continue beneath the fold.

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Why Your Mom Keeps Calling / How You Choose Best Friends

Science proves that your mom really does call more often now that she’s older – also, why your tastes in ‘best friends’ change over time. Fun with data mining!

A nice link to Scientific Reports from WaPo today, on a study utilizing cellphone data to analyze how people communicate and age and gender’s role in the process.

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