The deep bellowing is now being attributed to the recently discovered "extra pair of vocal folds" outside the koala's larynx. These folds are "over three times longer and around 700 times heavier than the laryngeal vocal folds".
What Spotify Pays Out
Spotify recently released a report on how it pays its labels and artists, and it isn't per stream. If you think listening to your favorite indie artists on spotify helps support them, consider this: all the money gets thrown into a pool, most of which gets distributed out to the most popular streams.
Spotify keeps 30 percent for itself, and 70 percent goes to the "master and publishing owners." So if the music is owned by a label, the 70 percent goes there; if the music is owned by the artist, the payout goes directly to the artist. The 70 percent figure appears to be a bit flexible.
Musical training has the ability to change the shape of your brain (for the better) and the functions of its regions, according to these researchers, who found it improves the plasticity of the brain and is helpful in treating various disabilities:
Long-term high level musical training has a broader impact than previously thought. Researchers found that musicians have an enhanced ability to integrate sensory information from hearing, touch, and sight.
The age at which musical training begins affects brain anatomy as an adult; beginning training before the age of seven has the greatest impact.
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Site Update: Guitar Tabs Now Reversible Also
Good news for our experimental and remixing maestros, you can now play all your tabs backwards (be they guitar or piano format)! To send your songs through our updated reverser, just submit and edit your tabs to go to the advanced editing features, then click on the reverse button, which looks like this:
Other case studies have also illustrated what can happen if you don't regularly clean your instrument. The New York Times reported on two of them; in one, a trombone player's stubborn 15-year cough only went away when he used rubbing alcohol to clean his instrument. In another, a saxophonist's shortness of breath cleared up after he started cleaning his mouthpiece.
In addition, a General Dentistry study published in 2011 showed a wide variety of bacteria, yeast and mold present in 13 previously played high school band instruments.
Early Musical Training Has Long Lasting Effects
The Society for Neuroscience reports that music lessons throughout our lives, especially as children, provide real benefits for our brains:
Older adults who took music lessons as children but haven’t actively played an instrument in decades have a faster brain response to a speech sound than individuals who never played an instrument, according to a study appearing November 6 in The Journal of Neuroscience. The finding suggests early musical training has a lasting, positive effect on how the brain processes sound.
As people grow older, they often experience changes in the brain that compromise hearing. For instance, the brains of older adults show a slower response to fast-changing sounds, which is important for interpreting speech. However, previous studies show such age-related declines are not inevitable: recent studies of musicians suggest lifelong musical training may offset these and other cognitive declines.
Researchers report a 40% increase in solar power efficiency simply by playing music to the solar cells!
"We thought the soundwaves, which produce random fluctuations, would cancel each other out and so didn't expect to see any significant overall effect on the power output," said James Durrant, Professor of Photochemistry at Imperial College London, who co-led the study.
"We tried playing music instead of dull flat sounds, as this helped us explore the effect of different pitches. The biggest difference we found was when we played pop music rather than classical, which we now realise is because our acoustic solar cells respond best to the higher pitched sounds present in pop music," he concluded.
The discovery could be used to power devices that are exposed to acoustic vibrations, such as air conditioning units or within cars and other vehicles.
There is a tradition across campuses in Sweden to scream out of the window every tuesday night at 10 PM.
How would your neighbors feel if you started randomly screaming out of your window at night? Our guess is that they wouldn't be too happy. But apparently in parts of Sweden the whole community joins in when you take to your balcony to let out a yell.