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Facebook vs. loneliness

September 15, 2014 - 6:10am
Are people becoming lonelier even as they feel more connected online? Hayeon Song, an assistant professor of communication at UWM, explored this topic in recent research.

Genes may help explain why some people are naturally more interested in music than others

September 14, 2014 - 10:00pm
(Wiley) Research suggests that genes that affect hearing and cognitive function may play roles in one's musical aptitude, or the ability to understand and perceive rhythm, pitch, timbre, tone durations, and formal structure in music.

Favoritism linked to drug use in 'disengaged' families

September 12, 2014 - 9:25am
In families, the perception that parents have a favorite is linked with the less-favored children being twice as likely to use alcohol, cigarettes or drugs. For parents worrying about keeping score and managing perceptions of fairness, one expert has some very simple advice. "Show your love to your kids at a greater extent than you currently are. As simple as it sounds, more warmth and less conflict is probably the best answer."

Natural soundscapes may become 'digital fossils' of the future

September 11, 2014 - 12:19pm
Sounds are integral to Henry David Thoreau's "Walden," the book about two years he spent living in a cabin in the woods near Walden Pond in Massachusetts in 1846-47 - the wind blowing through the rushes, the rumbling of the ice melting in the spring, owls screeching in the night.

Hawaii town's merchants meet to discuss lava flow

September 11, 2014 - 9:12am

A crowd listens to county officials discuss Kilauea's lava flow during at meeting Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2014 in Pahoa, Hawaii.

Universal Social Rules Underlie Languages

September 11, 2014 - 7:15am
Listening in on conversations around the world reveals that human dialogue follows some universal rules that enable and enrich our social interactions

-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

University launches new software training computers to understand language of musicians

September 11, 2014 - 6:50am
New software launched today by researchers at Birmingham City University aims to reduce the long periods of training and expensive equipment required to make music, whilst also giving musicians more intuitive control over the music that they produce.

Testing Males and Females in Every Medical Experiment Is a Bad Idea

September 11, 2014 - 6:15am
Requiring medical researchers to test males and females in every experiment sounds reasonable, but it is a bad idea

-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Diverse neighborhoods may help infants' social learning

September 10, 2014 - 4:59pm
Experiencing diverse communities by hearing different languages at the park, on a bus or in the grocery store may make babies more open-minded in their social learning, a new study finds.

'Green wave' explains migratory bird routes

September 10, 2014 - 3:14pm
Migratory songbirds enjoy the best of both worlds—food-rich summers and balmy winters—but they pay for it with a tough commute. Their twice-a-year migrations span thousands of miles and are the most dangerous, physically demanding parts of their year.

Fish, fatty acid consumption associated with lower risk of hearing loss in women

September 10, 2014 - 11:25am
Consumption of 2 or more servings of fish per week was associated with a lower risk of hearing loss in women, researchers have found. "Acquired hearing loss is a highly prevalent and often disabling chronic health condition," stated one corresponding author. "Although a decline in hearing is often considered an inevitable aspect of aging, the identification of several potentially modifiable risk factors has provided new insight into possibilities for prevention or delay of acquired hearing loss."

Computers trained to understand music

September 10, 2014 - 11:06am
New software presented at the British Science Festival aims to give music producers the power to manipulate sounds more intuitively.

What would it be like to fall into a black hole?

September 8, 2014 - 7:00am
Let's say you decided to ignore some of my previous advice. You've just purchased yourself a space dragon from the Market on the Centauri Ringworld, strapped on your favorite chainmail codpiece and sonic sword and now you're going ride head first into the nearest black hole.

Why Do People Keep Their Accents?

September 8, 2014 - 6:43am
Most infants begin learning a spoken language from the moment they're born. But as the brain becomes less flexible with age, it's difficult for children to master the sounds and intonation of a second language.

Beauty in Math and Art Activate Same Brain Area

September 7, 2014 - 9:00am
Elegant equations evoke the same activity in mathematicians' brains as gorgeous art or music

-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Wild Birds' Songs, Feather Colors Changed by Mercury Contamination

September 5, 2014 - 2:31pm
Mercury in the environment affects birds' brains and alters the songs that they sing.

Mind Messaging: Thoughts Transmitted by Brain-to-Brain Link

September 5, 2014 - 11:51am
In an experiment that sounds more like science fiction than reality, two humans were able to transmit greetings to each other using only a digital connection to link their brains.

Loudspeakers in jet engines

September 5, 2014 - 6:00am
Unless one is attending an aeronautics convention or going on a trip, noise associated with aircraft engines is rarely tolerable. Different means of significantly reducing that noise are being tested by EPFL's Electromagnetics and Acoustics Laboratory.

NASA scientists listen to data

September 5, 2014 - 5:20am
Robert Alexander spends parts of his day listening to a soft white noise, similar to water falling on the outside of a house during a rainstorm. Every once in a while, he hears an anomalous sound and marks the corresponding time in the audio file. Alexander is listening to the sun's magnetic field and marking potential areas of interest. After only ten minutes, he has listened to one month's worth of data.

Turtles Not Among the "Silent Majority" of Reptiles

September 4, 2014 - 9:00am
Biologists have identified at least 11 different sounds in the turtle repertoire—but they still have no idea what they mean. Christopher Intagliata reports

-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com