There's A Reason Why You Still Love The Music From Your Teen Years
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Why is it that the music we hear in our teen years holds such an important place in our hearts? The nostalgia associated with tunes from the 1990s (for the Curiosity editorial team, anyway) seems to strengthen as time goes on. This explains why Alanis Morissette's "You Oughta Know" sounds like a work of genius, but today's pop songs sound like repetitive fluff. Are songs from our past really superior, or do we hold a musical bias based on our memories?
Neuroscientists Found The Most Relaxing Song
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How do you manage your stress? Maybe you blow off steam by going on a run, or practice the art of mindfulness with meditation or a yoga class. You might know that music therapy has been proven effective in managing stress, but did you know that neuroscientists have determined the most relaxing song? Give it a listen in the video below, then decide if you agree with their findings.The song is "Weightless" by English ambient music band, Marconi Union. UK neuroscientists from Mindlab International conducted a study where they instructed participants to solve difficult puzzles while they were attached to sensors. While the puzzles did their magic raising the participants' stress levels, the scientists measured their brain activity, heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing. Dr. David Lewis-Hodgson of Mindlab International explains to Inc. that "Weightless" "produced a greater state of relaxation than any other music tested to date," dropping participants' anxiety rate by 65 percent.
A CD Is Exactly 74 Minutes Long Partly Because Of Beethoven
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A standard CD can hold exactly 74 minutes worth of audio. Seventy-four is an oddly specific number, no? The length was decided by Sony and Philips in 1980. One seemingly unusual factor that went into choosing this size standard? Ludwig van Beethoven. Though the legendary composer was long gone by the time the CD rolled around, his seminal Ninth Symphony had a big impact on the development of the then-new technology. Several executives from both companies decided it was important that the standard compact disc be able to fit Beethoven's Ninth Symphony in its entirety on one side. Seventy-four minutes is the longest recording of the symphony.
The Beat Of "Stayin' Alive" Will Help You Perform CPR
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CPR is a skill everyone should have in their back pocket. You may have learned the technique in high school, but it wouldn't be a surprise if you've forgotten it since graduation. Good news! There's a handy trick you can use to help someone stay alive: Perform hands-only CPR to the beat of "Stayin' Alive" by The Bee Gees. Because who doesn't remember exactly how fast or slow to sing that disco hit?
Anyone Can Learn To Sing Two Notes At Once
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The Turko-Mongol people of Southern Siberia and Western Mongolia are well known for their many styles of "throat singing," a style in which a singer produces more than one note at a time. They're not the only culture to practice a form of polyphonic overtone singing, as it's also called, and that's for good reason: there's nothing unique to their genetics that gives them this impressive ability; just special techniques and a whole lot of practice.