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Listening to roads before construction

August 31, 2015 - 6:56am
They're going to build a new road right outside your living room window. The authorities have sent you a 'noise map', but what you really need is to hear what the traffic noise will sound like. Well, soon you can.

'Awakenings' author, neurologist Oliver Sacks dies at 82

August 30, 2015 - 11:42pm
NEW YORK (AP) -- There was the blind man who had the disastrous experience of regaining his sight. The surgeon who developed a sudden passion for music after being struck by lightning. And most famously, the man who mistook his wife for a hat....

Apple's music service losing key player as exec resigns

August 28, 2015 - 9:05am
Apple's online music subscription service is losing a key player as millions of listeners near the end of a free three-month trial period that has drawn mixed reviews.

Study suggests older adults possess important forms of expertise

August 28, 2015 - 7:28am
Chapman University's research on aging and skill development appears as the lead article in the latest issue of American Journal of Physical Anthropology. The study, called "Skill Ontogeny Among Tsimane Forager-Horticulturalists," provides the most complete analysis to date of skill development in a traditional society. The results show that most skills essential to Tsimane survival are acquired prior to first reproduction, and then develop further to meet the increasing demands of offspring. As adults continue to age beyond their reproductive years, despite physical frailty setting in, they are often regarded as experts - such as in music and storytelling.

Researcher discover songbird habitat affects reproduction, survival

August 27, 2015 - 2:44pm
A University of Montana professor who studies birds around the world has discovered trends in how the offspring grow, how parents care for the young and how well the young survive based on where they live. Now, his songbird research is hitting the right notes with the journal Science.

Cause of resilience to tinnitus and potential drug therapy identified

August 27, 2015 - 10:19am
Researchers have identified in an animal model the molecular mechanisms behind resilience to noise-induced tinnitus and a possible drug therapy that could reduce susceptibility to this chronic and sometimes debilitating condition.

Schlieren images reveal supersonic shock waves

August 27, 2015 - 6:08am
NASA researchers in California are using a modern version of a 150-year-old German photography technique to capture images of shock waves created by supersonic airplanes. Over the past five years scientists from NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base and Ames Research Center at Moffett Field have teamed up to demonstrate how schlieren imagery, invented in 1864 by German physicist August Toepler, can be used to visualize supersonic flow phenomena with full-scale aircraft in flight. The results will help engineers to design a quiet supersonic transport. Although current regulations prohibit unrestricted overland supersonic flight in the United States, a clear understanding of the location and relative strength of shock waves is essential for designing future high-speed commercial aircraft.

Pitt team identifies cause of resilience to tinnitus, potential drug therapy

August 26, 2015 - 10:00pm
(University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences) Researchers have identified in an animal model the molecular mechanisms behind resilience to noise-induced tinnitus and a possible drug therapy that could reduce susceptibility to this chronic and sometimes debilitating condition. The findings by a team from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine were published online in the journal eLife.

Neurobiology: Tuning of timing in auditory axons

August 26, 2015 - 8:20am
A team has shown that the axons of auditory neurons in the brainstem which respond to low and high-frequency sounds differ in their morphology, and that these variations correlate with differences in the speed of signal conduction.

Neurobiology -- tuning of timing in auditory axons

August 25, 2015 - 10:00pm
(Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München) An LMU team has shown that the axons of auditory neurons in the brainstem which respond to low and high-frequency sounds differ in their morphology, and that these variations correlate with differences in the speed of signal conduction.

TuneIn radio app starts $8 tier with MLB, soccer, audiobooks

August 25, 2015 - 9:10am
TuneIn, the app that gives users free access to thousands of live radio stations around the world, is launching an $8-a-month premium subscription service that throws in ad-free listening, audiobooks and live play-by-play coverage of Major League Baseball and soccer from the Premier League and the Bundesliga.

Star Tunes: Composer Sets Twinkling Data to Music

August 24, 2015 - 10:33am
An astronomer and amateur musician has coaxed a haunting melody from a star's distinctive twinkle.

How exposure to brief trauma and sudden sounds form lasting memories

August 24, 2015 - 9:45am
Researchers have found how even brief exposure to sudden sounds or mild trauma can form permanent, long-term brain connections, or memories, in a specific region of the brain.

Both sides framed Keystone XL Pipeline debate in Nebraska

August 22, 2015 - 2:59am
As supporters and opponents of the proposed Keystone XL (KXL) Pipeline testified at public hearings in Nebraska between 2010-2013, several interest groups attempted to frame the debate in different ways.

Both sides framed Keystone XL Pipeline debate in Nebraska

August 21, 2015 - 10:00pm
(University of Kansas) As supporters and opponents of the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline testified at public hearings in Nebraska between 2010-2013, several interest groups attempted to frame the debate in different ways.

One Direction Goes to Space with NASA in 'Drag Me Down' Music Video

August 21, 2015 - 3:39pm
Houston, we have a pop band. The hit U.K. boy band One Direction unveiled its latest music video "Drag Me Down" and it has a decisively out-of-this-world vibe thanks to NASA.

Spotify defends itself after outcry over data collection

August 21, 2015 - 8:51am
Online music streamer Spotify defended itself Friday after angry users accused it of abusive personal data collection by asking for access to their contacts and photos.

Key protein in cilia assembly identified

August 21, 2015 - 6:34am
Many cells in our bodies present a small structure that looks like, and as a matter of fact works as an antenna, conveying to the cell information on the extracellular environment. They are called cilia (plural) or cilium (singular). Ciliated cells play essential functions in the human body. Thus, for instance, the monitoring of fluid flow in the kidney, the detection of hormones in the brain, or the senses of hearing and smell depend on specialized neurons equipped with chemo-sensory or mechano-sensory cilia. New research contributes to understanding how cilia are assembled.

Persist and shout: Male bluebirds alter songs to be heard over increased acoustic noise

August 21, 2015 - 6:27am
Birds 'shout' to be heard over the noise produced by human-made activity, new research has shown. Researchers recorded songs produced by 32 male bluebirds, and analysed two from each male -- those produced during the quietest and loudest period of ambient noise -- to investigate whether males changes their songs between these two conditions

Study uses 311 complaints to track when and where neighborhood conflict emerges

August 21, 2015 - 6:27am
In a new study from New York University using 311 complaint data, researchers tracked when and where New Yorkers complain about their neighbors making noise, blocking driveways, or drinking in public. They found that these complaints -- a defining aspect of urban life -- are more likely to occur in areas sandwiched between two homogenous communities, where the boundaries between different ethnic and racial groups aren't clearly defined.