Inside the last factory that still makes audio cassette tapes

Bloomberg Businessweek recently toured National Audio Company, a shop in Springfield, Missouri and one of the last and definitely the largest remaining manufacturers of the classic audio cassette tape. It’s almost adorable to see all the old machines whirring to pump out tapes that you thought no longer existed. »9/06/15 3:30pm9/06/15 3:30pm

Watch Gas-Guzzling Androids Battle in a Mad Max-Style Dystopian Future

The music video for The Chemical Brothers’ “Sometimes I Feel So Deserted” takes us to a literal desert, one that looks straight out of an Australian post-apolyptic movie. And when a woman finds herself on the run from some rather nefarious figures, it quickly becomes clear that it’s not just the cars that run on… »8/27/15 2:40pm8/27/15 2:40pm

Hear What Famous Horror Movies' Theme Music Sounds Like in a Major Key

Oh my god. What happens when you shift the theme music for The X-Files from its natural minor key into a major one? Well, you get what sounds like the opening theme to an adorable Japanese RPG videogame from the Super Nintendo era. Muted Vocal recorded it and four other classic horror movie themes in the same fashion,… »8/13/15 5:20pm8/13/15 5:20pm

Musical Training Can Accelerate Brain Development and Help With Literacy

The notion that musical training can have positive effects on cognitive functions other than music has long been a source of interest. Research first emerged at the beginning of the 20th century. Standardised assessments of IQ and musical ability suggested the two were correlated – and it was thought that… »7/21/15 1:40pm7/21/15 1:40pm

11 Great Songs That Prove The Misfits Were Better At Girl Power Than Jem

One of the saddest things about the live-action Jem & the Holograms movie is that Jem’s rival band, the Misfits, are nowhere to be found. That’s incredibly dumb—because the Misfits are an integral part of why the 80s cartoon was so amazing. And, if you believe the opening theme, their songs are actually better. »7/03/15 1:00pm7/03/15 1:00pm