The neuroscience of loving music – Big Think

The oldest record of notated music, the Hurrian Hymn to Nikkal, is more than 3,000 years old. But in a sense, our relationship with music is far more ancient than that.

As Michael Spitzer, a professor of music at the University of Liverpool, told Big Think, humans have been making and learning to recognize music from the moment our species learned to walk on two legs, creating a predictable beat.

Music affects the brain in profound ways. It eases stress by lowering cortisol. It floods the brain with pleasurable neurotransmitters like dopamine. And it serves as a conduit through which we can process emotions that otherwise might not be describable in…….

Google’s new AI turns text into music – The Verge

Google researchers have made an AI that can generate minutes-long musical pieces from text prompts, and can even transform a whistled or hummed melody into other instruments, similar to how systems like DALL-E generate images from written prompts (via TechCrunch). The model is called MusicLM, and while you can’t play around with it …….

The Best Gadgets For Minimizing Super Bowl Sofa Interruptions – Gizmodo

Super Bowl Sunday poses a big challenge for binge-watchers. Streaming services let you pause a show for the occasional snack run, and while broadcast TV still serves up convenient commercial breaks, the ads are often the best part of the big game. If you don’t want to miss a moment, you’ll need to plan ahead to maximize your sofa time.

But don’t stress. With Super Bowl LVII still over two weeks away, you’ve got plenty of time to equip your living room and accessorize your sofa with everything you’ll need to ensure that when Sunday, February 12, finally rolls around, the couch is the only place you’ll need to be.


3 security gadgets I never leave home without – ZDNet

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It only takes a second to be hacked or leak important data.

Drop an unencrypted flash drive (here’s an easy-to-use encrypted drive) or plug into the wrong outlet or click on a phishing link in a spam email and you could be in a world of trouble and not even know it.

Also: Flipper Zero: Geeky toy or serious security tool?

While security is important at home and in the office, it’s when you’re out and about that things can really get dangerous.

But fear not — here are three security gadgets that give you an advantage over the hackers out there.

USB data blocker

What does a USB data blocker do?

It protects against…….

NASA Announces Successful Test of New Propulsion Technology for Treks to Deep Space – Gizmodo

The rocket engine test occurred at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Image: NASA

As NASA gears up for a return to the Moon with the Artemis missions, the administration has announced that its researchers have successfully developed and tested a new type of supersonic rocket engine called a rotating detonation rocket engine.

The rotating detonation rocket engine, or RDRE, generates thrust with detonation, in which a supersonic exothermic front accelerates to produce thrust, much the same way a shockwave travels through the atmosphere after something like TNT explodes. NASA says that this design us…….

Technology Makes Us More Human – The Atlantic

Updated on January 28, 2023, at 7:51 p.m. ET

ChatGPT, a new AI system that sounds so human in conversations that it could host its own podcast, is a test of temperament. Reading between its instantly generated, flawlessly grammatical lines, people see wildly different visions of the future.

For some, ChatGPT promises to revolutionize the way we search for information, draft articles, write software code, and create business plans. When they use ChatGPT, they see Star Trek: a future in which opportunities for personal fulfillment are as large as the universe itself.</p…….

The Golden Age of Multiplayer: How Online Gaming Conquered Video Games – The Ringer

Globally, there were more than 1 billion gamers playing online in 2022, emphasis on playing online. Gaming has its eras. We’re living in the golden age of online multiplayer.

This golden age began a few years ago. In May 2016, Blizzard Entertainment released Overwatch, a team-based hero shooter that pits players against each other in game modes like capture the flag. A year later, Epic Games released Fortnite Battle Royale, a cartoonish survival game in which up to 100 players duke it out to be the last person standing. Gamers suffered no shortage of online multiplayer titles in the late 2000s and throughout the 2010s, but these t…….

Phil Spencer says ‘2022 was too light on games’ – PC Gamer

In 2021, Microsoft’s gaming division published games like Forza Horizon 5, Halo Infinite, Age of Empires 4, and Psychonauts 2. It was declared Metacritic’s publisher of the year (opens in new tab) thanks to its games receiving an average metascore of 87.4, helped also to the Xbox Series X port of Microsoft Flight Simulator releasing that year. While in 2022 Microsoft backed some well-received smaller games—Grounded, Pentiment, and As Dusk Falls—its biggest releases, Starfield and Redfall, were delayed into this year.

Xbox stans weren’t happy about this, though I think maybe we could do with less rushed videogame releases and maybe less videogames overall. During a recent inter…….

How Acura, BMW, Cadillac, and Porsche LMDh Engines Are So Different – The Drive

Most racing series out there define every single detail pertaining to the engine a competitor can run down to a tee. Many spec series feature nearly identical cars and others like F1 are regulated intensely to create a fairer state of play. The LMDh cars that’ll race at IMSA’s Rolex 24 at Daytona this weekend aren’t like this, however. These prototype race cars can have almost any engine they please as long as they meet a certain power level, among other details.

Four LMDh cars from major auto manufacturers—Porsche, BMW, Cadillac, and Acura—are going racing this weekend for the first time at the famed 24-hour race. And as I’ll explain below, each one of them generates power very…….

Should you warm up your engine by letting your car idle in the winter? – Business Insider

Car manufacturers don’t have consistent advice on how long you should idle your car in the cold.
So it’s no wonder mechanics don’t all agree on the subject, either.
Generally speaking, idling your car for about 30 seconds when it’s cold can help it run smoothly.

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