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NASA Beams Mona Lisa to Moon with Laser

NASA Beams Mona Lisa to Moon with Laser | cool stuff from research |

Call it the ultimate in high art: Using a well-timed laser, NASA scientists have beamed a picture of Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece, the Mona Lisa, to a powerful spacecraft orbiting the moon, marking a first in laser communication.

The laser signal, fired from an installation in Maryland, beamed the Mona Lisa to the moon to be received 240,000 miles (384,400 km) away by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, which has been orbiting the moon since 2009. The Mona Lisa transmission, NASA scientists said, is a major advance in laser communication for interplanetary spacecraft.

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Playing Music as a Child Leads to Better Listening as an Adult

Playing Music as a Child Leads to Better Listening as an Adult | cool stuff from research |
A new study indicates that musical instruction for just a few years during childhood can have long-lasting benefits...

This post looks at a study published in the Journal of Neuroscience that finds that "just one to five years of experience playing music as a child was associated with an improved cognitive ability in processing complex sounds as a young adult." 

This study supports the need for public education to provide music education, "[Along with] earlier research, we infer that a few years of music lessons also confer advantages in how one perceives and attends to sounds in everyday communication situations, such as noisy restaurants." For more information click through to the article.

Via Beth Dichter
Ura Too'Raww's curator insight, November 10, 2015 6:07 PM

I feel this is accurate. A lot of children I've seen that has their experience or fun with music also are above average in ambition, intelligence, and creativity. Being one of those children (according to my family and friends), I completely agree on this fact.