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Noise produces volcanic seismicity, akin to a drumbeat

May 11, 2015 - 9:16am
Volcanoes are considered chaotic systems. They are difficult to model because the geophysical and chemical parameters in volcanic eruptions exhibit high levels of uncertainty. Now, Dmitri V. Alexandrov and colleagues from the Ural Federal University in Ekaterinburg, in the Russian Federation, have further extended an eruption model—previously developed by other scientists—to the friction force at work between the volcanic plug and volcanic conduit surface. The results, published in EPJ B, provide evidence that volcanic activity can be induced by external noises that would not otherwise have been predicted by the model.

Defects in Structures That Connect Cells Underlie Many Diseases

May 11, 2015 - 7:00am
Neighboring cells exchange molecular information via channels that directly connect them. Disruption of this signaling system can lead to disorders ranging from hearing loss to heart disease

-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Getting the low-density supersonic decelerator (LDSD) vehicle to test altitude

May 11, 2015 - 6:00am
In June NASA will conduct the second flight of the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) test vehicle from the U.S. Navy Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) located on the Island of Kauai, Hawaii.

Exploration programme planned for Taranaki's Kapuni gas field

May 11, 2015 - 2:24am

Kapuni field operator Shell Todd Oil Services has confirmed it is considering an onshore 3D seismic survey of the field. STOS general manager Rob Jager said the program involves listening and talking with hapu and neighbours about the potential work, which would uncover more information about the geology of the area.

Spotify triples losses, reportedly to launch video streaming

May 8, 2015 - 2:37pm
Spotify, the world leader in music streaming, said Friday it had tripled its losses in 2014 owing to heavy investments, as media reported the group would soon begin streaming videos.

Scientists Dispute Theory Linking Fracking to Earthquakes

May 8, 2015 - 1:05pm

During a hearing this week, one of the scientists who authored a study released last month that found natural causes were not responsible for an increase in earthquakes, countered the conclusions by environmentalists that hydraulic fracturing was directly linked to the cause. "The injection of fluids can and do indeed trigger earthquakes," said Matthew Hornbach, Southern Methodist University associate professor of geophysics, before the Texas state House Energy Resources Committee, reports the San Angelo State Times.

Quantum shortcut could speed up many quantum technologies

May 8, 2015 - 7:20am
(Phys.org)—Quantum technologies come in a wide variety of forms, from computers, sensors, and cryptographic systems to simulations and imaging systems. But one thing that all current and future quantum systems have in common is the need to achieve reliable control over physical systems such as atoms or photons. A frequently used method to prepare quantum systems in the desired quantum state is a quantum adiabatic process, but these processes often take so long that environmental noise causes the quantum state to decohere and lose its "quantumness."

'Make like a bat’: Two ears attuned to high frequencies help people find objects using echoes

May 8, 2015 - 6:26am
The ability that some people have to use echoes to determine the position of an otherwise silent object, in a similar way to bats and dolphins, requires good high-pitch hearing in both ears, according to new research. This builds on recent research that demonstrated conclusively that some sighted and blind people could use echoes in this way. What wasn't clear until now was how important high-frequency hearing in both ears is.

The psychological effects of film music

May 8, 2015 - 5:18am
Nanette Nielsen, a newly appointed researcher at the Department of Musicology, has just completed a research project in which she and her colleagues studied film soundtracks and their potential effect.

Cells amplify messenger RNA levels to set protein levels

May 7, 2015 - 12:03pm
Messenger RNA (mRNA) levels dictate most differences protein levels in fast-growing cells when analyzed using statistical methods that account for noise in the data, according to a new study by researchers from the University of Chicago and Harvard University.

Hr2: MicroRNAs, Baking Pi, Musical Evolution, Animal Moms

May 7, 2015 - 12:00pm
MicroRNAs and cancer therapeutics, digestible lessons about number theory, combining elvolutionary theory big data and music, and a look at some of the matriarchs of the animal kingdom.

Film music captivates us

May 7, 2015 - 6:24am
Sound and music in films do more than merely enhance our experience of a film's narrative. They can also affect the ways in which we perceive ourselves and how we act.

How 'digital natives' are killing the 'sage on the stage'

May 7, 2015 - 5:30am
The idea that teachers should teach and students should listen presumes that teachers know more than their students.

Conserving habitats could be the key to saving declining songbirds

May 7, 2015 - 5:10am
An international team of scientists from the International Rusty Blackbird Working Group have undertaken a study which could be set to save one of the most steepest declining songbirds in the U.S. The findings published in PLOS ONE and led by Liverpool John Moores University reveal that the Rusty Blackbird, a species of conservation concern and listed as vulnerable, should be the target of conservation efforts to improve forested wetland habitat quality.

Pandora wins appeal against songwriters society ASCAP

May 7, 2015 - 2:20am
A federal appeals court has ruled in favor of Internet streaming service Pandora in a dispute with the songwriters rights society ASCAP.

First evolutionary history of 50 years of music charts using big data analysis of sounds

May 6, 2015 - 6:48am
Evolutionary biologists and computer scientists have come together study the evolution of pop music. Their analysis of 17,000 songs from the US Billboard Hot 100 charts, 1960 to 2010, is the most substantial scientific study of the history of popular music to date.

Improved detection of radio waves from space

May 6, 2015 - 6:45am
Researchers have developed a very sensitive high frequency amplifier for radio telescopes used on Earth. The amplifier generates extremely little internal electromagnetic noise and will help measure our planet from space more precisely than ever before. The position of radio telescopes will be pinpointed with a precision to approximately one millimeter -- a tenfold improvement in accuracy. The measurement technique relies on radio telescopes picking up radio waves emitted by objects in space; the more accurately scientists can determine the positions of the radio telescopes, the more precisely they can measure various characteristics of the Earth.

Pop music's most important revolution? That would be hip-hop

May 6, 2015 - 4:30am
Forget the Beach Boys, Michael Jackson and Madonna. The most important cultural shift in American pop music began with the explosion of rap in the early 1990s.

Pop music 'saw three revolutions'

May 6, 2015 - 2:19am
The evolution of thousands of pop songs spanning from 1960 to 2010 is analysed by scientists.

Compiling a 'dentist's handbook' for penis worms

May 5, 2015 - 10:00pm
It sounds like something out of a horror movie: a penis-shaped worm which was able to turn its mouth inside out and drag itself around by its tooth-lined throat, which resembled a cheese grater. But a new study of the rather unfortunately-named penis worm has found that their bizarre dental structure may help in the identification of previously unrecognised fossil specimens from the time on Earth when animals were first coming into their own.