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Climate affects development of human speech

January 23, 2015 - 9:25am
A correlation between climate and the evolution of language has been uncovered by researchers. To find a relationship between the climate and the evolution of language, one needs to discover an association between the environment and vocal sounds that is consistent throughout the world and present in different languages. And that is precisely what a group of researchers has done.

Mothers don't speak so clearly to their babies

January 23, 2015 - 9:20am
People have a distinctive way of talking to babies and small children: We speak more slowly, using a sing-song voice, and tend to use cutesy words like "tummy". While we might be inclined to think that we talk this way because it is easier for children to understand, new research suggests that, surprisingly, mothers may actually speak less clearly to their infants than they do to adults.

Strong Magnitude 6.8 Earthquake Shakes Capital Of Vanuatu

January 23, 2015 - 8:23am

CBS San Francisco Connect With Us At KPIX 5 PROGRAM GUIDE: KPIX 5 TV Schedule WATCH: A Glimpse Inside The Working KPIX 5 Newsroom Breaking News Send news tips, video & photos, and video to the KPIX 5 [...] CONNECT WITH KCBS Welcome to KCBS All News 740AM & 106.9FM on CBSSanFrancisco.com! LISTEN LIVE RIGHT NOW: KCBS Live Audio Stream LIKE KCBS Radio On Facebook: KCBS is the Bay Area's only all news station, serving listeners with [...] The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake measured magnitude 6.8 and struck at a depth of 218 kilometers at 3:47 a.m Thursday local time.

Sending bat signals: Unique 'supper's ready' alert beckons hungry bats

January 22, 2015 - 11:33am
The sound of a bag of potato chips being torn open cuts through a darkened movie theater. The noise, in an otherwise silent space, pinpoints for all moviegoers exactly where the chips are being devoured. According to a new Tel Aviv University study, bats operate in a similar fashion.

'Bike sense' research will tap drivers on the shoulder to prevent cycling accidents

January 22, 2015 - 6:07am
Jaguar Land Rover is developing a range of new technologies that would use colours, sounds and touch inside the car to alert drivers to potential hazards and prevent accidents involving bicycles and motorbikes.

Apple buys British analytics company Semetric, gains music data tool

January 22, 2015 - 4:50am
Apple has purchased the startup Semetric, gaining music analytics and other valuable data gathered by the British company.

Shazam receives $30 million investment at $1 billion valuation

January 22, 2015 - 4:34am
Shazam has closed a $30 million round of funding that values the music app at more than $1 billion.

Sending bat signals: Unique 'supper's ready' alert beckons hungry bats

January 21, 2015 - 11:00pm
(American Friends of Tel Aviv University) The sound of a bag of potato chips being torn open cuts through a darkened movie theater. The noise, in an otherwise silent space, pinpoints for all moviegoers exactly where the chips are being devoured. According to a new Tel Aviv University study, bats operate in a similar fashion. The research demonstrates how an animal gains from working in a group, and it could even provide insight into operating swarms of drones in a collective search mission.

Israel arrests man for stealing, selling Madonna songs

January 21, 2015 - 3:54pm
Israeli police arrested a man Wednesday suspected of hacking into computers and stealing songs of international pop stars, including Madonna, before leaking them online, police said.

Growing Human Kidneys in Rats Sparks Ethical Debate

January 20, 2015 - 11:07pm
It sounds like the plot from a science fiction film: A scientist takes a kidney from a human fetus, implants it in a rat and allows the organ to grow. But researchers in a new study have done exactly that, in the hopes that someday human organs grown in a

Portable stimulator being tested on Parkinson's patients

January 20, 2015 - 11:08am
A weak electric 'noise' can improve balance and motor skills in patients with Parkinson's disease, researchers have demonstrated. In cooperation with NASA, the research team has now developed a portable prototype that will be used in long-term studies of Parkinson's patients in their home environment.

Sonic booms in nerves and lipid membranes

January 20, 2015 - 8:20am
(Phys.org)—Neurons might not be able to send signals as fast as electrons in wires or photons in fiber, but what if they can communicate using miniature sonic booms? That would be quite a revolutionary discovery. A group of mechanical engineers at Boston University have recently found that two-dimensional shock waves reminiscent of propagating spikes in nerves can be induced in monolayer lipid membranes. Their fascinating results, which have been sitting on the Arxiv server since November, have just been approved for publication in an upcoming issue of Physical Review E.

Hearing-aid intervention helps individuals gradually adjust to devices

January 19, 2015 - 11:00pm
(University of Missouri-Columbia) When individuals wear their hearing aids for the first time, they are flooded with sounds they have not heard in months or years. Ambient noises can be painful, irritating and difficult to ignore, causing some individuals to stop using their hearing aids right away. A University of Missouri researcher has developed an intervention that helps older adults gradually increase their hearing-aid use and satisfaction with the devices.

Small quakes felt in northeast Coachella Valley

January 18, 2015 - 12:39pm

An earthquake with a magnitude 3.7 struck about five miles northeast of Borrego Springs at 5:23 a.m., according to preliminary information from the U.S. Geological Survey. People in north Indio and La Quinta reported hearing it before feeling a small shaking.

Early morning 'boom' shocks Swindon residents

January 16, 2015 - 9:08am

One Old Town woman said she climbed into her loft to check that the boiler hadn't burst after hearing the noise at just before 6.30am and others called the Adver offices to ask what had happened. Wiltshire Police said they received three calls at a similar time asking about the noise but nothing suspicious was being investigated.

Audiologists help set the stage for better theater sound experience

January 16, 2015 - 7:20am
As the lights dim, a low rumble can be heard advancing from the front of the theater to the back as the powerful bass speakers kick on. Theaters tune their sound systems to be physically felt by theatergoers to draw them into the experience, but for individuals with hearing loss this can be more alienating than inclusive.

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Off Coast Of Northern California Near Ferndale

January 15, 2015 - 1:57am

CBS San Francisco Connect With Us At KPIX 5 PROGRAM GUIDE: KPIX 5 TV Schedule WATCH: A Glimpse Inside The Working KPIX 5 Newsroom Breaking News Send news tips, video & photos, and video to the KPIX 5 [...] CONNECT WITH KCBS Welcome to KCBS All News 740AM & 106.9FM on CBSSanFrancisco.com! LISTEN LIVE RIGHT NOW: KCBS Live Audio Stream LIKE KCBS Radio On Facebook: KCBS is the Bay Area's only all news station, serving listeners with [...] FERNDALE, Calif. - The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting an earthquake with a magnitude of 4.3 off the coast of northern California.

Music Festival Linked to Party Drugs in Waterways

January 14, 2015 - 6:05pm
Drugs likes ecstasy that people take at music festivals may leave a mark on the local waterways.

Understanding Earth by Eavesdropping on Urban Noise

January 14, 2015 - 2:58pm
Researchers are tuning in to urban seismic noise, the man-made signals from human activity, to view geologic structures and track the rhythms of cities.

Levels of 'Molly,' aka ecstasy, spike in rivers near music festival

January 14, 2015 - 9:17am
The illicit drug called 'Molly' or ecstasy is a serious concern for parents, law enforcement and now for environmentalists. Scientists report that a major music festival in Taiwan coincides with a spike in the drug's levels in nearby rivers. Not only does this highlight drug abuse at the concert, but the scientists say it also focuses attention on potential effects the substance could have on aquatic life.