1. BLAST FROM THE PAST

    Recording of Alexander Graham Bell Released

    Undated photo of Alexander Graham Bell. (AP)

    “Hear my voice, Alexander Graham Bell” is no “My name is Judge,” but it certainly is exciting anyway. The Smithsonian has for the first time identified a recording of the voice of the inventor of the telephone dating back to 1885. As well as saying his name, Bell also recites a series of numbers and several lines from Shakespeare. Bell made the recording on April 15, 1885. Researchers have developed an alternative playback system using light and 3-D cameras to capture its bumps and grooves to play the recording, as it is too fragile to be played with a needle. The clip has been posted online.

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