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Can’t name that song? Hum it into the computer with new technology.

In entertainment, music, News, science, technology, Uncategorized on August 15, 2007 at 2:32 pm

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Can’t name that song?

Don’t know anything about the artist?

You’re so pathetic, you don’t even know the words to the song, yet you still want to track it down so you can purchase it?

Never fear.

An Australian inventor has been working on the problem for a good decade.

The computer science expert from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology  has developed the technology that will enable you to hum a melody into a microphone attached to you’re computer, and the software program will instantly track down you’re song.

“The singing is stored in the computer as a wave form and then must be converted into note information before it can be matched against the music,” Inventor Dr Sandra Uitdenbogerd said.

“The converted fragment of recorded singing is compared with the note information extracted from the audio files in the online music collection that’s being searched.”

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Did you get all that?

I know I didn’t.

But what about the easy task of typing in the words to a song, and hunting down you’re favoured track that way?

Well the Dr Uitdenbogerd admits that is an easy option, but for all those idiots out there who don’t know jack about what words their song has in it; the new technology will do wonders.

“Obviously, there are songs that people will know the lyrics to and Googling the words will generate fast and accurate results,” Dr Uitdenbogerd said.

“However there are categories of music that cannot be searched using text as a method of retrieval.”

Currently, the technology can only search for simple MIDI files, but Dr Uitdenbogerd said MP3 compatible software would be her next goal.

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Massive Russian meteorite goes missing, as stargazers enjoy celestial show.

In Meteorite, News, Perseid Meteor Shower, Russia, science, Tunguska Event, Uncategorized, World, Yury Lavbin on August 13, 2007 at 5:35 pm

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They can reveal details of the ancient Earth, the Solar System, and the Universe at large. They are meteorites. They are the fragments of meteoroids, that have survived the journey thought the Earth’s atmosphere, and somehow landed on our planets surface and been preserved.

All round mystery….

And one such apparent meteorite from Tunguska, Russia, has made a strange diapering act.

According to media, the meteorite has ‘gone missing’ from the Tunguska Space Event Foundation in the Russian city of Krasnoyarsk, in Siberia.

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And this meteorite isn’t your normal marble to basketball sized rocks that are most commonly found, as seen above.

This meteorite is a ‘three ton rock’ that mysteriously disappeared recently, right under the noses of the foundation staff. That’s a three ton rock! Over 2 700 kilograms.

According to reports, Russian police are searching for the rock across the northern Siberian city, that foundation director Yury Lavbin apparently bought back from a 2004 expedition to the site of the mysterious ‘Tunguska event,” 100 years ago.

tunguska-1.jpg The Tunguska event uprooted and scorched trees for 50 miles around the ‘impact’.

(I say apparently as their appears to be very little evidence a meteorite from this event actually exists)

The Tunguska even/explosion occurred on June 30, 1908. Most scientists and researchers believe that the event was caused by the airburst of a comet fragment a few kilometres above the ground near the Tunguska river, blowing at 1,000 times more powerful than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima.

A blast that set the North Asian and European night skies alight in the hours after the event, according to Time Magazine. A night so bright, even people in London were said to be ‘able to read a paper outside’, where it would usually be pitch black.

The Alien Theory?

However, back in 2004, just after the expedition to the site of the event, Yurty Lavbin also made the claim that he and his team had found the wreck of an ‘alien technical device’ at ground zero of the Tunguska explosion. A claim that was picked up by news wires around the world, as fact.

To add to that, even before Lavbin set off on his expedition he had proclaimed he believed that not a meteorite, but an extraterrestrial spaceship had crashed in 1908. 

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Whatever the story, meteorite, or no meteorite, Lavbin wants his rock back.

“It winds up that it disappeared…our colleagues are establishing what got lost, where the rock is and why they only came to us about it now,” Lavbin said.

Yes, the mysterious meteorite rock (that may or may not have even existed in the first place), from the mysterious Tunguska event, is nowhere to be seen. Where could it be?

Perhaps the massive meteorite will wind up being sold on an online meteorite market, where daily, thousands of dollars are exchanged by buys and sellers of rocks from outer space.

Who stole my meteor?

And it turns out that missing meteorites in Russia is not a new thing….

Back in June the Sofia news agency reported that a chunk of a meteorite weighing over 7 kilograms has been stolen from a museum in the remote Magadan Region in Russia’s Far East.

Thieves broke into the history museum in the village of Seimchan at night and stole a part of the Seimchan meteorite, found in 1967 near a gold mine.

Apparently the offenders were inspired by a recent TV program, which discussed the high value of meteorites on Russia’s black market.

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Meanwhile, in other crazy out of this world news, lucky stargazers in the northern hemisphere and parts of the southern hemisphere for that matter, have been treated to the spectacular display of the Perseid meteor shower, an annual event, which this year coincided with a new moon, allowing for the best star gazing in years.

Prime viewing locations were Western Europe and North America, where 100 meteors or more an hour would have been visible where the sky was clearest and darkest.

The shower has been observed at least for the past 2000 years.

And what of the chances of being hit by a meteorite from the sky?

“There’s been about 21 recorded deaths in around the last 100 years from meteorite strikes,” said Australian scientist Jane Morgan.

“You may remember about three years ago when a house was hit by a meteorite in New Zealand … punched a hole in the roof and ricocheted around the lounge room and came to rest, but the chances of being hit are very slight, but it has been known to happen.”

I like those odds’

Heads up!

Video from the shower last night, the meteor shower that is, I know what you were thinking, sicko….

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Is too much sex bad for the economy?

In 2007, adult, health, Life, News, Odd News, People, psychological, psychologist, Relationships, science, Science & Technology, sex, Sex Partners, Sex Research, Society, study, Uncategorized, World News on August 4, 2007 at 12:40 am

Let’s talk about sex!

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A study released this week by a German researcher, interviewing 32,000 men and women, has come to two basic conclusions.

“The less sex you have, the more work you seek”, and those who are not getting any action “often take on more commitments and work.”

Or in the words of the studies author, Ragnar Beer of the University of Göttingen:

“Sexual frustration prevents you from being able to reduce your stress”

“One commonly takes on obligations out of sexual frustration that aren’t easy to let go of, like leadership positions in a club, for instance. That takes away from the time spent on the relationship, which again negatively contributes to sexual satisfaction. Unobserved, the frustration often becomes deeply ingrained.”

Beer’s team found that 36 percent of men and 35 percent of women who have sex only once a week take on extra work to compensate for their wanting sex life. It’s even worse for the hapless couples who have altogether lost their eye for one another. Forty-five percent of men and 46 percent of women who no longer have sex with their partner seek out other activities to salve their wanting libidos.

So, you could conclude that the more active participants in an economy getting no or little sex, the more productive that nation’s economy would be.

How could economic policy makers use this information to their advantage?

I blog, you decide.

Meanwhile….

In other studies of sex related news…

A world-wide study on women’s sexual satisfaction has found that Saudi Arabian women were the most sexually fulfilled, followed by Mexican, Spanish, Italian and Venezuelan women.

The survey of more than 14,000 women from 14 countries showed 76 per cent of women overall valued sex, while 89 per cent of men rated it important or very important.

How nice.

Now, lets talk about sex…

Quick, watch it before Universal records deletes it!

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Crazy Video: Happy Birthday Microwave Oven!

In crazy, Crazy News Crazy Video of the Week, Crazy Video, science, Science and Technology, Society, technology, World on August 3, 2007 at 3:14 pm

Oh YES! It’s Friday, and its time for another installment of…..

The Crazy News Crazy Video of the Week!

Recently, the humble modern day microwave oven celebrated its 40th birthday..

The Amana Radarange  was launched on to the market in 1967, and the world hasn’t looked back since.

Happy Birthday microwave oven!

And to celebrate,  here is some crazy microwave experiments for your enjoyment!

And what grand birthday celebration would be without fireworks…..for the pyromaniac in you!

Now that was awesome!


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