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Syndication

'll sing it, you play it
If you don't own an instrument, and want to test out your new melodies, new software will provide backing chords to go with your song. Just sing into a microphone and MySong, created by Microsoft, will play it back to you with a piano accompaniment.

Curious clouds linked to quakes
Could unusual cloud formation offer a warning of an impending earthquake? This is the question being asked following the discovery of distinctive gaps in clouds in satellite images above an active fault in Iran, before two large earthquakes struck. The geophysicists from China, who noticed the clouds, suggest an eruption of hot gases from inside the fault could have caused water in the clouds to evaporate.

The upside of a crisis

Economic crises have health benefits. When Cuba was hit with a food and fuel crisis in the 1990s, it may have made life miserable in the short term, but it led to long-term improvements in Cubans' health. By walking more and eating less, the population's obesity rate halved and the deaths from potentially fatal diseases fell dramatically.

Bianca Nogrady is a freelance science and medical writer and also a broadcaster for New Scientist magazine.

Direct download: Wammo_and_Bianca_Nogrady_10_04_08.mp3
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