You know what is creating a lot of acoustic vibrations (call it noise or sound) in the news? It’s the entirely novel sound that the new electric Harley Davidson, named the Livewire, will make.
Making an electric motorcycle was perhaps the handshake with the future that the company was looking for. However, with this bold step came, what must have been a philosophical challenge the likes of which the company may have rarely encountered.
The V-Twin may have been easy to give up, but what about the deep signature rumble that gave instant recognition to a Harley the world over. The interweb buzzed about the possibility that Harley might simply play an artificial sound to keep this piece of its identity intact. Well! The cat, or should we say the cat’s roar, is out of the bag now.
Production versions of the Livewire now exist and they sound—very different. The thunder and rhythmic base that would resonate in your body is out. A futuristic jet engine sound that screams speed and technology is in. The interweb is buzzing again. Some love the sound of the future, others lament the passage of tradition, if nothing else. Meanwhile it appears that Harley Davidson has embraced the new sound featuring it in promotions for the new motorcycle.
“Huh?” is used in at least 31 languages around the world! A version of the word can be found in nearly every language on Earth (Dingemanse et al, 2013). This research concluded that all languages studied included a word similar, in both sound and function, to the English “huh?” Regardless of language, the word is…
If you have a dog or cat, you’ve probably seen their ears moving toward an interesting or startling sound. For professional equestrians, watching the ears of their horse allows them to gauge their shifting attention. Humans still have these same muscles, and even more interesting is their relationship to our brain and how we pay attention. …
Tai Chi is not just for increasing balance; it may also help improve cognitive performance. In a recent randomized controlled trial, study participants who practiced a form of Tai Chi twice a week for six months improved their scores on the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) when compared to a control group (Fuzhong et al, 2023)….