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Earlier this year two scientists were the source of much amusement for their research involving earthworms and a loudspeaker.

They even received the Ig Nobel prize in Physics, a satirical award that recognizes comical-seeming advances in science.

Their research centered on the effect of sound and vibrations on the worms, which, like us, are comprised predominantly of water.

The conclusion: sound waves, whose frequencies are too high for us to hear, can move through human skin, bones and tissue without causing damage.

The resulting Faraday waves interact with the nervous system.

In contrast with implants that aspire to connect the brain directly with computers, this novel approach may allow us to use vibrations from a smartphone to, say, learn a new language in no time at all.

Wave hello to the future.

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