Researchers have just discovered that gibbons not only compete with our top ranks of singers--they have the technique down pat with almost no effort. How did we find this out? By gassing them with helium and listening in on the results, of course.
Robert Moog, the inventor of the seminal analog audio synthesizer that bears his name, is celebrated by Google today, in one of the search giant's classic time-sucking doodles. Actually tomorrow, May 23, is his birthday, but it's already tomorrow in Australia, Japan, and certain other Google-enabled nations.
Dolby Laboratories announced a new audio system this week, called Dolby Atmos, that the company calls "an entirely new viewing experience for theatergoers." It's kind of a next-generation surround sound, blanketing the theater with sound--instead of coming from typical left and right channels, sound will come from as many directions as there are speakers, including above and below.
If you only watch one optical illusion today in which a stream of water appears to have droplets freeze in mid-air or inch their way backwards back into the tube from whence they came, make it this one.