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Statistics show: Vocal music really is universal .
Exactly what about music is universal, and what varies? An international team of researchers has demonstrated that across cultures, people share psychological mechanisms that make certain songs 'sound right' in specific social and emotional contexts.
Two million-year-old ice cores provide first direct observations of an ancient climate .
Princeton University-led researchers have extracted 2 million-year-old ice cores from Antarctica that provide the first direct observations of Earth’s climate at a time when the furred early ancestors of modern humans still roamed. Gas bubbles trapped in the cores — which are the oldest yet recovered — contain pristine samples of carbon dioxide, methane and other gases that serve as “snapshots” of prehistoric atmospheric conditions and temperatures.
Foam offers way to manipulate light .
A study by Princeton scientists has shown that a type of foam long studied by researchers is able to block particular wavelengths of light, a coveted property for next-generation information technology that uses light instead of electricity.
Boosting wind farmers, global winds reverse decades of slowing and pick up speed>
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