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Despite piracy, digital music sales catch up to CDs

April 24, 2015 - 6:46am

While the music industry still struggles with online piracy, new reports show that the combination of music downloads and streaming subscriptions have brought online purchases on par with physical sales for the first time.

Soundscapes offer clues about coral reef communities

April 24, 2015 - 5:10am
Sophie Nedelec and colleagues studied sounds from coral reefs in the Gambier Archipelago, French Polynesia.

Catchy tune caught in your head? Try chewing gum

April 23, 2015 - 6:41pm
A new study suggests that if you want to get an annoying song out of your head, chewing a piece of gum might help.

Stunning Songbirds Return for Spring (Photos)

April 23, 2015 - 5:45pm
For many of us, spring has arrived when the songbirds return.

Dolphins use extra energy to communicate in noisy waters

April 23, 2015 - 11:04am
Dolphins that raise their voices to be heard in noisy environments expend extra energy in doing so, according to new research that for the first time measures the biological costs to marine mammals of trying to communicate over the sounds of ship traffic or other sources.

Dolphins use extra energy to communicate in noisy waters

April 23, 2015 - 10:15am
Dolphins that raise their voices to be heard in noisy environments expend extra energy in doing so, according to new research that for the first time measures the biological costs to marine mammals of trying to communicate over the sounds of ship traffic or other sources.

Tinnitus mapped inside human brain

April 23, 2015 - 10:00am
For the first time, brain signals relating to the constant ringing noise of tinnitus have been mapped across a wide area inside a patient's brain.

The 2011 Tohoku-Oki earthquake—felt from space

April 23, 2015 - 9:00am
For the first time, a natural source of infrasonic waves of Earth has been measured directly from space—450 kilometers above the planet's surface. The source was the massive 2011 Tohoku-Oki earthquake in Japan, and its signature was detected at this orbital altitude only eight minutes after the arrival of seismic and infrasonic waves, according to Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Caltech's Yu-Ming (Oscar) Yang and colleagues in collaboration with the University of New Brunswick, Canada, who present their research today at the annual meeting of the Seismological Society of America (SSA).

Dolphins use extra energy to communicate in noisy waters

April 22, 2015 - 10:00pm
(NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region) Dolphins that raise their voices to be heard in noisy environments expend extra energy in doing so, according to new research that for the first time measures the biological costs to marine mammals of trying to communicate over the sounds of ship traffic or other sources.

Cheap content, growing reach make Snapchat a fast-rising star

April 22, 2015 - 5:50pm
Thousands of revelers descended on the Coachella music festival this month to rock out to their favorite bands and party day and night. But a far bigger audience from around the world - at least 40 million - joined in remotely through video snippets from Snapchat.

Marmosets found to learn to take turns when vocalizing

April 22, 2015 - 9:19am
(Phys.org)—A trio of researchers with the University of California has found that marmosets learn to wait for others to stop making noise before they vocalize, at a very young age. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Cecilia Chow, Jude Mitchell and Cory Miller describe a study they undertook with young marmoset twins and their parents and what they learned by doing so.

User creativity made YouTube the world’s biggest music service

April 22, 2015 - 6:43am
Music is the most popular YouTube content by several measures, including video views and search activity. The world’s first academic study on YouTube music consumption shows that one reason for its popularity lies in users’ own video. People re-use original music by popular artists to create their own alternative video variations, which may reach an audience of millions and can be found alongside any popular music title.

Undersea Volcano Explodes As Scientists Watch [VIDEO]

April 21, 2015 - 10:00pm
The sounds, not the sights, may reveal hidden eruptions

-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Nondestructive 3-D imaging of biological cells with sound

April 21, 2015 - 10:00pm
(American Institute of Physics) In this week's Applied Physics Letters, researchers from Thailand and Japan describe the first known demonstration of 3-D cell imaging using picosecond ultrasonics, and show that picosecond ultrasonics can achieve micron resolution of single cells, imaging their interiors in slices separated by 150 nanometers. This work is a proof-of-principle that may open the door to new ways of studying the physical properties of living cells by imaging them in vivo.

Nondestructive 3-D imaging of biological cells with sound

April 21, 2015 - 4:19am
Much like magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is able to scan the interior of the human body, the emerging technique of "picosecond ultrasonics," a type of acoustic imaging, can be used to make virtual slices of biological tissues without destroying them.

Loud 'rumble' heard in parts of Dane, Rock & Green Counties Sunday remains a Mystery

April 21, 2015 - 12:30am

There is still no explanation available for what caused a prolonged, loud, rumbling sound in parts of the 27 News viewing area on Sunday night. People who reported hearing noise said it occurred at roughly 8:15 p.m. and lasted for one to two minutes.

Listen to your heart: Why your brain may give away how well you know yourself

April 20, 2015 - 7:39pm
"Listen to your heart," sang Swedish pop group Roxette in the late Eighties. But not everyone is able to tune into their heartbeat, according to an international team of researchers -- and half of us under- or over-estimate our ability.

Nondestructive micron resolution 3-D imaging of biological cells with sound

April 20, 2015 - 12:47pm
Researchers have described the first known demonstration of 3-D cell imaging using picosecond ultrasonics, and show that picosecond ultrasonics can achieve micron resolution of single cells, imaging their interiors in slices separated by 150 nanometers. This work is a proof-of-principle that may open the door to new ways of studying the physical properties of living cells by imaging them in vivo.

Insects inspire next generation of hearing aids

April 20, 2015 - 7:00am
An insect-inspired microphone that can tackle the problem of locating sounds and eliminate background noise is set to revolutionize modern-day hearing aid systems.

Insects inspire next generation of hearing aids

April 20, 2015 - 6:47am
An insect-inspired microphone that can tackle the problem of locating sounds and eliminate background noise is set to revolutionize modern-day hearing aid systems, scientists say. Despite remarkable advances in sound analysis in hearing aids, the actual microphone itself has remained essentially unchanged for decades. Current directional microphone technology adds cost, weight and power requirements to hearing aids compromising their design.