THE audio version of The Dress is sweeping the internet and dividing opinion. People are undecided whether a sound clip says the name ‘Yanny’ or ‘Laurel’. What is Yanny v Laurel? The four-second clip features a computer-generated voice in an American accent saying either Yanny or Laurel. Since being uploaded to twitter by Cloe Feldman, it has been viewed more than 19 million times. When posting the clip, she wrote: “What do you hear?! Yanny or Laurel”, and it seems no one can quite decide. Similar to the optical illusion of The Dress back in 2015, this appears to be the sound illusion equivalent. What’s the science behind the clip? There are a few factors determining why people are hearing different names. The first is what they’re listening to it on – a laptop, phone or headphone – which will all alter the sounds. The Verge quoted assistant professor of audition and cognitive neuroscience at Maastricht University, Lars … [Read more...] about Yanny vs Laurel explained – what’s the science behind the audio clip and what is the McGurk Effect?
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It’s hard to succinctly put the choice words together to summarise my emotions following the events of last weekend. Ultimately, when attempting to select from all the erudite phrases bouncing around my fatigued cranium, I keep returning to the words of one Dora the Explorer: WE DID IT!!!We did it in style as well.Yes, the title was only secured on the last day of the season but that just sent excitement levels through the roof, and full credit to Blackburn Rovers for pushing us all the way in what was quite a vitriolic rivalry at times.Yes, I’ll give them credit now.I’ve even decided to archive my hatchet job on them, retrieving all the snidey quotes they’ve said about us during the season.We’re dignified like that in the winner’s enclosure you see.There’s not enough space here to credit all the individuals involved, but that’s fine as it has been one huge, phenomenal team effort.Cookie deserves huge credit for that of course - building … [Read more...] about The 12th Man: Our panel of Wigan Athletic experts draw a line under an amazing season
In 1934, H G Wells arrived in Moscow to meet Soviet writers interested in joining the international PEN Club, of which he was then president. While there, Stalin granted him an interview. His deferential conversation was criticised by J M Keynes and George Bernard Shaw, among others, in the New Statesman. First published as a special NS supplement on 27 October 1934. Wells I am very much obliged to you, Mr Stalin, for agreeing to see me. I was in the United States recently. I had a long conversation with President Roosevelt and tried to ascertain what his leading ideas were. Now I have come to ask you what you are doing to change the world . . . Stalin Not so very much. Wells I wander around the world as a common man and, as a common man, observe what is going on around me. Stalin Important public men like yourself are not “common men”. Of course, history alone can show how important this or that public man has been; at all events, you do not look at the world as a … [Read more...] about ConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightH G Wells: “It seems to me that I am more to the Left than you, Mr Stalin”How democracy dies
The readers of the Derby Telegraph newspaper and website have been asked to tell us which inspirational person, past or present, should appear on the city's first Made in Derby walk of fame . Now we can reveal the names that have been selected! Their monikers have been put on a series of eight plaques inset in the pedestrianised area between the Intu shopping centre in Albion Street down past the Ram statue and onwards towards Albion Street. The response from readers was overwhelming and more than 400 nominations were received for just over 200 individuals. Then it was down to a committee, led by Derby Telegraph editor Steve Hall, to reduce that extremely long list down to the names to go on the eight plaques. Mr Hall said: "Every one of those people nominated would have been worthy of inclusion. Each had an inspirational story. And the scale of their collective achievements was awe-inspiring. “It fell to the steering committee group to narrow that list down to those who … [Read more...] about Revealed: these are the people YOU chose to be on Derby’s walk of fame
On 22 June 2015, Xavier Justo, a 48-year-old retired Swiss banker, walked towards the front door of his brand new boutique hotel on Koh Samui, a tropical Thai island. He had spent the past three years building the luxurious white-stone complex of chalets and apartments overlooking the shimmering sea and was almost ready to open for business. All he needed was a licence. Justo had arrived in Thailand four years earlier, having fled the drab world of finance in London. In 2011, he and his girlfriend Laura toured the country on a motorbike and, two years later, they got married on a secluded beach. The couple eventually settled down in Koh Samui, a tourist hotspot, just an hour’s flight south of Bangkok. After trying out a couple of entrepreneurial ventures, Justo eventually decided that he would go into the hotel business. He bought a plot with an imposing house and began building: adding a gym, villas and a tennis court. That June afternoon, he was expecting a visit from the … [Read more...] about 1MDB: The inside story of the world’s biggest financial scandal