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Wild Birds' Songs, Feather Colors Changed by Mercury Contamination

3 min 40 sec ago
Mercury in the environment affects birds' brains and alters the songs that they sing.

Video: Watch this boy born deaf hear music for the first time

August 29, 2014 - 3:01pm
A 3-year-old boy who was born deaf has been caught reacting to music for the first time — and it looks like he’s ready to bust a move.

FIXD tells car drivers via smartphone what is wrong

August 29, 2014 - 1:30pm
A key source of anxiety while driving solo, when even a bothersome back-seat driver's comments would have made you listen: the "check engine" light is on but you do not feel, smell or see anything wrong. What to do? Rush to the repair shop or try your luck and make it all the way home? FIXD, a plug-in sensor and phone app, wants to give you the answers by sending information to your phone when problems arise. A summary of the problem is provided in simple terms. Drivers are also told the consequences of continued driving. The driver is told the severity of the problem and provides instructions on what to do. The system even offers an estimate of the repair costs that the problem would involve. "We want to take the guess work out of maintaining your car," said the FIXD team in a promotional video. "We want to give you confidence when dealing with repair shops."

Why Orchestras Haven't Been Digitized

August 29, 2014 - 6:15am
A short history of the battle to keep musical scores live

-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Avatars make the Internet sign to deaf people

August 29, 2014 - 6:10am
It is challenging for deaf people to learn a sound-based language, since they are physically not able to hear those sounds. Hence, most of them struggle with written language as well as with text reading and comprehension. Therefore, most website content remains inaccessible for them. Computer scientists from Saarbrücken, Germany, want to change the situation by means of a method they developed: animated online characters display content in sign language. In the long term, deaf people would be able to use the technique to communicate on online platforms via sign language. To realize the technique, users would only need readily available devices.

Pump Up the Bass—and Maybe Your Confidence

August 28, 2014 - 10:00am
Study volunteers who had listened to bass-heavy music were more likely to act dominant or aggressive in games and debates. Erika Beras reports

-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Avatars make the Internet sign to deaf people

August 28, 2014 - 7:12am
It is challenging for deaf people to learn a sound-based language, since they are physically not able to hear those sounds. Hence, most of them struggle with written language as well as with text reading and comprehension. Therefore, most website content remains inaccessible for them. Computer scientists want to change the situation by means of a method they developed: animated online characters display content in sign language. In the long term, deaf people would be able to use the technique to communicate on online platforms via sign language.

Singapore's GIC buys into Taiwan music streaming firm

August 27, 2014 - 11:01pm
Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC has invested $104 million in KKBOX, a popular Taiwan-based music streaming provider aiming to expand across Asia, the two sides said Thursday.

Stop and listen: Study shows how movement affects hearing

August 27, 2014 - 12:17pm
When we want to listen carefully to someone, the first thing we do is stop talking. The second thing we do is stop moving altogether. The interplay between movement and hearing has a counterpart deep in the brain. A new study used optogenetics to reveal exactly how the motor cortex, which controls movement, can tweak the volume control in the auditory cortex, which interprets sound.

Parents, listen next time your baby babbles

August 27, 2014 - 10:26am
Parents who try to understand their baby's babbling let their infants know they can communicate, which leads to children forming complex sounds and using language more quickly. The study's results showed infants whose mothers attended more closely to their babbling vocalized more complex sounds and develop language skills sooner.

New cancer-hunting 'nano-robots' to seek and destroy tumours

August 27, 2014 - 5:50am
It sounds like a scene from a science fiction novel – an army of tiny weaponised robots travelling around a human body, hunting down malignant tumours and destroying them from within.

Stop and listen: Study shows how movement affects hearing

August 26, 2014 - 10:00pm
(Duke University) When we want to listen carefully to someone, the first thing we do is stop talking. The second thing we do is stop moving altogether. The interplay between movement and hearing has a counterpart deep in the brain. A new Duke study, published in Nature, used optogenetics to reveal exactly how the motor cortex, which controls movement, can tweak the volume control in the auditory cortex, which interprets sound.

US Military Blows Up Hypersonic Weapon After Failed Test Launch

August 26, 2014 - 8:07pm
The U.S. Army launched a prototype hypersonic weapon test from Alaska on Monday (Aug. 25), only to destroy the superfast vehicle seconds later when something went wrong.

Disability, deafness often go hand-in-hand

August 26, 2014 - 8:07am
At least forty per cent of UK people with learning disabilities are suffering from hearing loss, but new research shows they are unlikely to be diagnosed. To research hearing loss in people with learning disabilities, one expert focuses on the current issues people with learning disabilities (PWLD) are facing and why they are left undiagnosed in the long-term.

Bombarded by explosive waves of information, scientists review new ways to process and analyze Big Data

August 26, 2014 - 7:22am
Big Data presents scientists with unfolding opportunities, including, for instance, the possibility of discovering heterogeneous characteristics in the population leading to the development of personalized treatments and highly individualized services. But ever-expanding data sets introduce new challenges in terms of statistical analysis, bias sampling, computational costs, noise accumulation, spurious correlations, and measurement errors.

Microsoft researchers use social media to teach Skype how to translate languages in real-time

August 26, 2014 - 7:20am
(Phys.org) —A few months ago, Microsoft made headlines by announcing at Code Conference that Skype would soon be able to translate language between speakers in real time—that product, which Microsoft calls simply Skype Translator, if successful will be the first real time language translator—a primitive version of the Universal Translator of Star Trek fame. The demo showed two people talking in real time using Skype—one in English, the other German. The words by the speakers were displayed as translated text on each other's screen and were also played aloud by a voice generator that allowed the listener, to listen in their own language. Now new details of how Microsoft has achieved this feat are coming out, and some of them are a little surprising.

US Military Blows Up Hypersonic Weapon After Failed Test Launch

August 26, 2014 - 7:13am
The U.S. Army launched a prototype hypersonic weapon test from Alaska on Monday (Aug. 25), only to destroy the superfast vehicle seconds later when something went wrong.

New tool to probe cancer's molecular make-up

August 26, 2014 - 6:58am
Scientists have shown how to better identify and measure vital molecules that control cell behavior – paving the way for improved tools for diagnosis, prediction and monitoring of cancer. The study's leader said: “Protein kinases regulate how cells communicate. When these molecules are deregulated it corresponds to cells “hearing voices” with a resulting change in their behavior. Doctors need a way to spot changes in kinase levels in individual tumors so they can see how they respond to treatments and match patients to the treatment that works best for them.” 

Hearings planned after call for nuke plant closure

August 25, 2014 - 6:02pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A U.S. Senate committee is planning hearings on earthquake risks at California's last operating nuclear power plant....

Hypersonic weapon detonated after lift-off: US military

August 25, 2014 - 9:14am
The US military had to detonate a hypersonic weapon seconds after lift-off Monday due to a technical problem, cutting short a flight test for the experimental project, officials said.