Neil Armstrong didn't misspeak on the Moon. That's how Ohioans talk.

At this point, I think we can all agree it doesn't really matter whether Neil Armstrong said "one small step for man" or "one small step for a man" when he set foot on the Moon's surface. Sure, semantic accuracy would have been nice, but again: he was the first person to set foot on the Moon. That's kind of the important… » 6/02/13 1:00pm 6/02/13 1:00pm

What does a record made out of wood sound like?

Not great, but it's an interesting process. Maker Amanda Ghassaei decided to test how maple worked as a song-delivery medium by laser cutting her own wooden records. You can certainly hear the songs on each record, but Ghassaei explains the challenges of making high quality wooden records. » 5/11/13 11:30am 5/11/13 11:30am

Practice your ninja skills with the Franssen Effect audio illusion

So you want to be a ninja. You've got the long samurai sword and the throwing stars. You've covered yourself completely in black clothes, leaving only a dramatic opening to set off your eyes. You are within springing distance of your enemy. But it's all for naught if you come clumping loudly up to your intended… » 12/07/12 7:20am 12/07/12 7:20am

Do people of different races have different voices?

Is there such thing as a Caucasian, Asian, or African voice? And could you actually identify someone's race just by listening to him or her? Admittedly, the whole notion of race is nebulous to say the least — it's a concept that blends physiological and social differences indiscriminately. But there are still… » 7/23/12 8:00am 7/23/12 8:00am