We can finally play with our food

Plus, audio recording's humble beginnings.
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Civilization Tech:

What Was the First Sound Ever Recorded by a Machine?

Hint: Again… not Queen’s classic Bicycle Race!


(Scroll to the bottom for the answer!)

4 reasons dinosaurs never really ruled the Earth | Popular Science

“We all know the line: For more than 150 million years, dinosaurs ruled the Earth. We imagine bloodthirsty tyrannosaurs ripping into screaming duckbills, gigantic sauropods shaking the ground with their thunderous footfalls, and spiky stegosaurs swinging their tails in a reign of reptiles so magnificent, it took the unexpected strike of a six-mile-wide asteroid to end it. The ensuing catastrophe handed the world to the mammals, our ancestors and relatives, so that 66 million years later we can claim to have taken over what the terrible lizards left behind. It’s a dramatic retelling of history that is fundamentally wrong on several counts.”

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Same-sex behavior is everywhere in nature. Does it have evolutionary benefits? | IFLScience

“Same-sex behavior is sometimes said to be an ‘evolutionary conundrum’ since it doesn’t appear to directly help with the reproduction of genes and the survival of species, at least on the surface. However, in a new study, scientists demonstrate how same-sex sexual behavior has evolved independently multiple times across hundreds of different animal species and likely plays an invaluable role in forging complex social relationships.”

23andMe confirms stolen user data | Mashable

“A group of 23andMe users' data was stolen by hackers and posted for sale on BreachForum, Wired reported. … On Friday (Oct. 6), the company confirmed that data was compromised, but said that there wasn't a data breach. Instead, the hackers guessed the logins for users and then used DNA Relatives, an opt-in 23andMe feature where users share information with each other, to gather more data.”

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Supercharge your virtual meetings and webinars by signing up for a Zoom account with WorkingLive. For only $12.99/month, host unlimited meetings and webinars with up to 500 participants and all the features of a premium Zoom plan. [Ad]

Pac-Man on a plate: Play with your food to boost taste and experience | New Atlas

“Using a tech-modified plate and plenty of imagination, researchers have created a fun way for both diners and chefs to enhance a dining experience. And yes, this essentially means you now have permission to play with your food.”

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The answer: Innovative sound “tracings” in the 1850s

The answer: Innovative sound “tracings” in the 1850s

According to this Time Magazine article: “The question of which sound was the first ever to be recorded seems to have a pretty straightforward answer. It was captured in Paris by Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville in the late 1850s, nearly two decades before Alexander Graham Bell’s first telephone call (1876) or Thomas Edison’s phonograph (1877).”