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Why Your MP3s Sound Bad: High-Resolution Audio Explained Neil Young made waves this week with some comments about digital music files—first at the Sundance Film Festival, and then later in an All Things D interview. But lost in the media frenzy is his real point. Young wasn't putting down all digital music. Instead, he was referring specifically to the compressed MP3 and AAC files most people listen to today. Truth is, they just don't sound all that good. It also turns out that despite helping to popularize digital music, Steve Jobs was a closet audiophile.

Brain Welcome to the pycortex WebGL MRI viewer! This viewer shows how information about thousands of object and action categories is represented across human neocortex. The data come from brain activity measurements made using fMRI while a participant watched hours of movie trailers. Computational modeling procedures were used to determine how 1705 distinct object and action categories are represented in the brain. Further details on this work can be found in this video or in the paper by Huth, Nishimoto, Vu and Gallant (2012), "A continuous semantic space describes the representation of thousands of object and action categories across the human brain", Neuron 2012.

Top 10 Everything of 2014 Arts & Entertainment Top 10 Best Movies By Richard Corliss Top 10 Worst Movies By TIME Staff Top 10 Best Movie Performances zu: Zu Audio Speakers The Neoteric Listener... Zu Audio's Soul Superfly Loudspeakers by Dean Seislove Standing on the harbor dock, taking in the wreckage of an unbroken film of dead sardines is one of those lessons in perspective that, to quote rock icon, David St. Can Marijuana Lift Colorado Out of the Recession? iStockphoto/Thinkstock Colorado raked in $5 million in tax revenue in 2011 from medical marijuana businesses, and its cities collected hundreds of thousands more from the budding industry. With Colorado voters poised to legalize marijuana for recreational use this November, their tax coffers could be facing an avalanche of new funds currently being lost to the black market. But tax revenues aren’t the only potential economic benefit hinging on legal weed. If voters pass Amendment 64, which would legalize marijuana and regulate it like alcohol, the state will save $12 million in criminal and court costs in the first year, according to a report by the Colorado Center on Law & Policy.

Apple Denies Working With NSA On iPhone Backdoor - Arik Hesseldahl Apple just responded to newly released documents claiming that the U.S. National Security Agency has a method for gaining backdoor access to its iPhone. It says it has never worked with the agency, and is unaware of the alleged program targeting the iPhone known as DROPOUTJEEP. The program was disclosed in a trove of documents leaked yesterday and shared by the security researcher Jacob Appelbaum and the German news magazine Der Spiegel. AFI: 10 Top 10 AFI defines “animated” as a genre in which the film’s images are primarily created by computer or hand and the characters are voiced by actors. more AFI defines “romantic comedy” as a genre in which the development of a romance leads to comic situations. more AFI defines “western” as a genre of films set in the American West that embodies the spirit, the struggle and the demise of the new frontier. more AFI defines “sports” as a genre of films with protagonists who play athletics or other games of competition. more AFI defines “mystery” as a genre that revolves around the solution of a crime. more

Audio Interface Buying Guide How to Choose an Audio Interface Choosing the right audio interface may seem a little overwhelming. There are all kinds of different input and output configurations, connection types, formats and many other options to consider. So, how do you find the right one for you? This Sweetwater Buying Guide will help you navigate the choices you need to make so that you find the interface that best meets your needs. NOVA The 100-Year-Old Idea That Could Change Flight Inspired by birds, bats, and the Wright brothers, engineers are building the next breakthrough in aviation. From NOVA Next | Feb 22, 2017 Key Brain Regions Found To Be Smaller in People With ADHD In the largest study of its kind, research shows people with ADHD have smaller brain regions—including the amygdala, which is responsible for regulating emotions. From NOVA Next | Feb 17, 2017

25 Killer Websites that Make You Cleverer It’s easy to forget that we have access to a virtually limitless resource of information, i.e. the Internet. For a lot of us, this is even true at our fingertips, thanks to the ubiquity of smartphones and an ever-increasing push for online greatness by tech engineers all over the world. As a result, there are countless websites out there that are geared to make you smarter and more brilliant for either a low or no cost.

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