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Carbon nanotube speakers play music with heat

2 hours 26 min ago
Troy Bouman reaches over, presses play, and the loudspeaker sitting on the desk starts playing the university fight song. But this is no ordinary loudspeaker. This is a carbon nanotube transducer—and it makes sound with heat.

Simple procedure using a nasal balloon can help treat hearing loss in children

July 27, 2015 - 11:08am
For children with a common middle-ear problem, a simple procedure with a nasal balloon can reduce the impact of hearing loss and avoid unnecessary and ineffective use of antibiotics, according to a randomized controlled trial.

Babies' brains show that social skills linked to second language learning

July 27, 2015 - 8:00am
Babies learn language best by interacting with people rather than passively through a video or audio recording. But it's been unclear what aspects of social interactions make them so important for learning. New findings demonstrate for the first time that an early social behavior called gaze shifting is linked to infants' ability to learn new language sounds.

Hidden Hearing Loss from Everyday Noise

July 27, 2015 - 8:00am
Jackhammers, concerts and other common noisemakers may cause irreparable damage to our ears in unexpected ways

-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Look out Apple Music, here comes YouTube’s ‘Music Key’ (+video)

July 26, 2015 - 3:01pm

YouTube introduced ‘Music Key’ to beta users last November, and has been relying on their feedback to continuously tweak the service. 

Why do mitochondria retain their own genome?

July 24, 2015 - 8:30am
It sounds like science fiction to suggest that every cell in the human body is occupied by a tiny genome-equipped organelle, with which we exist in symbiosis. But in actuality, eukaryotic life is dependent on mitochondria, which provide energy to the cell in the form of adenosine triphosphate (ATP). Over millennia, the genomes of mitochondria evolved under selection for minimal gene content, but researchers have been unable to determine why some but not all mitochondrial genes have been transferred to the nuclear genome.

Backyards prove surprising havens for native birds

July 23, 2015 - 10:00pm
(Ecological Society of America) How does your yard look to a bird? Ecologist Amy Belaire will report on surveys human and avian residents at the Centennial Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America in Baltimore, Md. on August 9-14. Her talk is part of a session on Urban Ecosystems that includes observations on how birds modulate their songs to be heard over city noise and how many trees make a forest (from a bird's point of view).

YouTube creators looking elsewhere for money

July 23, 2015 - 1:51pm
When 29-year-old YouTube star Meghan Tonjes launched a podcast with crowd-funding site Patreon a year ago, it was one of dozens of things the singer-songwriter was doing to grind out a living online. Today, it's paying her rent.

Novel algorithm identifies DNA copy-number landscapes in African American colon cancers

July 23, 2015 - 8:11am
The algorithm ENVE could be the Google for genetic aberrations. The findings about the algorithm distinguishes “noise” from real evidence, as well as some genetic characteristics of colon cancer in African Americans.

Opinion: Why the $100m alien listening project may be a huge waste of time

July 23, 2015 - 6:40am
The launch of the $100M Breakthrough Initiative project to Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) has been supported by many leading scientists including Stephen Hawking and astronomer royal Martin Rees. But there is no evidence – and few convincing theories – to suggest that intelligent, communicative aliens actually exist. So are listening projects really the best way to search for extraterrestrial life?

Rotting Fungus Creates Beautiful, Glistening 'Hair Ice'

July 23, 2015 - 6:13am
A century-long puzzle over how delicate strands of glistening ice burst through rotting tree branches, like heads of hair, is closer to being solved.

Novel algorithm identifies DNA copy-number landscapes in African American colon cancers

July 22, 2015 - 10:00pm
(Case Western Reserve University) The algorithm ENVE could be the Google for genetic aberrations -- and it comes from Case Western Reserve. The findings about the algorithm that distinguishes 'noise' from real evidence, as well as some genetic characteristics of colon cancer in African Americans, appears this week in Genome Medicine.

USDA: Bird flu vaccine works on chickens; testing on turkeys

July 22, 2015 - 4:32pm
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Scientists have developed a vaccine strain that has tested 100 percent effective in protecting chickens from bird flu and testing is underway to see if it also protects turkeys, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told the House Agriculture Committee at a hearing on Wednesday....

Musical tastes offer a window into how you think

July 22, 2015 - 12:46pm
Do you like your jazz to be Norah Jones or Ornette Coleman, your classical music to be Bach or Stravinsky, or your rock to be Coldplay or Slayer? The answer could give an insight into the way you think, say researchers.

Musical tastes offer a window into how you think

July 22, 2015 - 12:10pm
Do you like your jazz to be Norah Jones or Ornette Coleman, your classical music to be Bach or Stravinsky, or your rock to be Coldplay or Slayer? The answer could give an insight into the way you think, say researchers from the University of Cambridge.

Hearing Aids Meet the Future with Bluetooth Tech

July 22, 2015 - 12:00pm
Small, discreet and often Bluetooth-enabled, the new generation of hearing aids can connect wirelessly with smartphones

-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

What is the status of the search for extraterrestrial intelligence?

July 22, 2015 - 5:30am
The search for extraterrestrial intelligence elsewhere in the universe has leapt to prominence once again, with the announcement of the Breakthrough Listen initiative.

If we are to find life beyond Earth, we need to be explorers, not hunters

July 22, 2015 - 5:13am
The news that the search for extraterrestrial intelligence is to receive increased funding and data through the $100m (£64m) Breakthrough Listen project is welcome news for astrobiologists like myself. Launched by Stephen Hawking, it particularly helps to allay growing concerns in the field about having too narrow a focus in our search for life in the universe.

USGS Scientist: Major Quake On Hayward Fault Expected 'Any Day Now'

July 22, 2015 - 4:19am

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Apple online music and shops stumble

July 21, 2015 - 11:01am
Apple's online shop and recently launched streaming music service stumbled on Tuesday, experiencing outages as the company was poised to release quarterly earnings figures.