resurected recordingScientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) are raising the dead, you might say, if by “the dead” you mean sound recordings that are old and super banged up. The phrase “damaged beyond repair” is getting a serious ass kicking from scientists like Dr. Carl Haber his team of fearless researchers.

By applying methods used in high energy physics to recorded voice patterns, this innovative bunch has found a way to give sounds from the past a new voice. The science itself gets a wee bit tricky, but it involves a light beam scanning surfaces and deciphering the peaks and troughs it finds into something audible.

So maybe it’s a little like creating sound zombies, but until the recordings start running around trying to eat us, we’re going to go ahead and say that this is pretty darn cool.

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