Parenting is tough, especially when you’re dealing with infants who can’t yet articulate what they’re feeling. Nothing is more frustrating than doing everything you can to soothe your crying baby only to fail again and again. Well, here’s something to help moms and dads everywhere.
Child development expert Caspar Addyman and musical psychologist and Lauren Stewart were commissioned by U.K. baby food manufacturer Cow & Gate for a special mission – to create a baby-friendly pop hit that’s scientifically “proven to make babies happy.”
The experts hired Grammy-winning composer and vocalist Imogen Heap for the project.
Heap, a mother to an 18-month-old baby girl and former member of the synth-pop duo Frou Frou, was asked to put together a melody following certain rules. According to research, the song had to be in a major key, be repetitive and simple, and contain a wide range of dynamics to keep an infant surprised and tuned in.
The song also had to be uptempo and mirror a baby’s heartbeat, which is faster than that of an adult’s.
Female vocals were also required for the track (ideally recorded in the presence of a baby) as previous studies have shown that infants are partial to the sing-song tones that women often use around babies. Other sounds loved by infants were also included, such as “beep beep,” “whee,” “ha ha,” and “mwah!”
The result was “The Happy Song,” which was tested by Cow & Gate customers. The song was initially given to 7 families for one week to see how it affected their babies. The babies featured in the music video all seem to be in a good mood, laughing and dancing to the upbeat baby song.
Listen to “The Happy Song” below:
Are you a parent struggling to keep your baby feeling bright and cheery? Maybe this scientifically-designed song can help you. Go test it and let us know about the results!
World’s Smallest Gun Fires Up Collectors With Its Awesome Features
The Miniature Revolver C1ST manufactured by SwissMiniGun is the world’s smallest gun and is loaded with teeny-weeny bullets.
A miniature is defined as a small-scale replica of a much larger object. People have always been fascinated by all kinds of miniatures. We've seen small versions of furniture, stamps, and even paintings. But it's something else when you see the world's smallest gun.
The Guinness World Records has awarded the Miniature Revolver C1ST with the title, "The World's Smallest Gun." Manufactured by the Switzerland-based company SwissMiniGun, the revolver is a miniature in the true sense of the world. This means that it functions precisely like a real gun.
It was modeled after the .357 Colt Python.
Huge Black Hole Discovered Near Heart of Milky Way Could Tell Us How Our Galaxy Began
A team of Japanese scientists spotted a new black hole that’s about 100,000 times the size of our sun.
If you’re a science nerd, you probably know that many believe that supermassive black holes are in the middle of every galaxy and that new stars form and galaxies grow because of them. Smaller black holes, on the other hand, are there because of a collapsed star.
Recently, however, a team of scientists from Japan’s Keio University are claiming that they have found a new kind of black hole that looks like something in between the two known sizes – and that it possibly holds the secret to our galaxy’s origin.
Japanese scientists have discovered a huge black hole near the heart of the Milky Way.
Is It Possible To Build A Road That Goes Around The World?
While visiting other countries or other continents is usually done by land or air, a video explores if it is actually possible to see the world by land.
Traveling from country to country or continent to continent has always been by sea or by air. But did you know that there are already roads connecting some continents together?
Imagine going on a road trip around the world. This is not yet possible at the moment but what if there is a way to see countries in Europe then you could hop on straight to Asia? Or Africa? It might be an epic way to see the world and it might be a more thrifty option to go to your dream destinations.
Land travel has greatly improved in the past century. With innovations in engineering and technology, experts have made it possible to connect islands through underwater passages or mountains through bridges.
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