Science: Time Compressor

Even in these jittery times, people don't talk fast enough to suit University of Illinois Professor Grant Fairbanks. The ear, says Fairbanks, is quicker than the tongue, and words can be understood faster than they can be spoken. Determined to work the human ear to capacity, Fairbanks and his associates have invented a "Time Compressor," a tape recorder that can take brief samples of speech, patch them together electronically and get a result that hardly alters the sound of the original words. By changing the size of the samples and varying the speed of the recording, speech can be compressed...

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