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Harman minimizes road noise for better driving experience

November 2, 2014 - 6:40am
Harman, an audio and infotainment company, has something called HALOsonic in its product line, for noise management, which it co-developed with Lotus Engineering. The company is expanding its noise management capabilities for eliminating road noise, as a way to improve the driving experience so that drivers and passengers can look forward to a quieter ride.

Tech execs running the commercial space race

November 2, 2014 - 4:20am
Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic company is reeling from the loss of SpaceShipTwo, which crashed in California's Mojave desert on Friday, killing one of its pilots and seriously injuring the other. Branson, a billionaire business mogul whose Virgin group of companies have ranged from music to airlines to mobile phones, founded Virgin Galactic ten years ago with the aim of offering flights to the edge of space for anyone who could pay the $250,000 price tag. The future of Virgin's commercial suborbital flight program is unclear in the wake of the tragic accident.

Tech execs running the commercial space race

November 1, 2014 - 2:17pm
NEW YORK (AP) -- Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic company is reeling from the loss of SpaceShipTwo, which crashed in California's Mojave desert on Friday, killing one of its pilots and seriously injuring the other. Branson, a billionaire business mogul whose Virgin group of companies have ranged from music to airlines to mobile phones, founded Virgin Galactic ten years ago with the aim of offering flights to the edge of space for anyone who could pay the $250,000 price tag. The future ...

Bird Embryos Can Discern Between Calls—a First in Nature

October 31, 2014 - 10:16am
Baby birds can discriminate sounds from different birds inside the egg—only the second species known to do so, a new study reveals.

Captive rhinos exposed to urban rumbles

October 31, 2014 - 10:04am
The soundtrack to a wild rhinoceros’s life is wind passing through the savannah grass, birds chirping and distant animals moving across the plains. But a rhinoceros in a zoo listens to children screaming, cars passing and the persistent hum of urban life. A group of researchers believes that this discrepancy in soundscape may be contributing to rhinos’ difficulties thriving and reproducing in captivity.

Captive rhinos exposed to urban rumbles

October 31, 2014 - 9:00am
The soundtrack to a wild rhinoceros's life is wind passing through the savannah grass, birds chirping, and distant animals moving across the plains. But a rhinoceros in a zoo listens to children screaming, cars passing, and the persistent hum of urban life.

Method to reconstruct overt and covert speech

October 31, 2014 - 6:24am
Can scientists read the mind, picking up inner thoughts? Interesting research has emerged in that direction. According to a report from New Scientist, researchers discuss their findings in converting brain activity into sounds and words. Their study, "Decoding spectrotemporal features of overt and covert speech from the human cortex," was published in Frontiers in Neuroengineering, an open-access academic publisher and research network.

Novel tinnitus therapy helps patients cope with phantom noise

October 30, 2014 - 2:30pm
Patients with tinnitus hear phantom noise and are sometimes so bothered by the perceived ringing in their ears, they have difficulty concentrating. A new therapy does not lessen perception of the noise but appears to help patients cope better with it in their daily lives, according to new research.

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders prevalence in U.S. revealed by study

October 30, 2014 - 1:06pm
Nearly 5 percent of U.S. children may be affected by fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), according to a new study. FASD are a group of conditions that can occur in the children of mothers who drank alcohol during pregnancy. Characteristics are both physical and cognitive and can include abnormal facial features, smaller-than-average physical growth, poor coordination, learning disabilities and vision and hearing problems.

Behind the Monster Music: Why Some Tunes Scare Us

October 30, 2014 - 1:00pm
Neuroscientist Daniel Levitin and Sound Opinions co-host Jim DeRogatis discuss the neuroscience of spooky songs.

Spooky Science: The Sounds of Halloween

October 30, 2014 - 9:00am
An eerie musical exercise from Science Buddies 

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Scientist discovers populations of rare songbird in surprising new habitat

October 30, 2014 - 7:34am
The Swainson's warbler (Limnothlypis swainsonii) is one of the rarest and most secretive songbirds in North America, prized by birdwatchers in the southeastern U.S. hoping to catch a glimpse of it in the wild or hear its beautiful ringing song. With only 90,000 breeding individuals sparsely distributed across 15 states in the U.S., the Swainson's warbler is a species of high conservation concern that, for decades, has left conservationists with little confidence that its populations would ever be fully secure.

Preparing for a zero-emission urban bus system

October 30, 2014 - 6:30am
In order to create a competitive and sustainable transport system, the EU must look to alternative fuels to replace or complement petrol and diesel. Not only will this reduce transport emissions but it will also improve air quality and noise levels in urban areas. With this in mind, the ZEEUS ('Zero Emission Urban Bus System') project is working to make electric buses a core part of the urban bus network.

Future air passengers may get unique, windowless view

October 30, 2014 - 3:29am
A windowless airplane sounds like a claustrophobic nightmare. A windowless airplane with OLED displays, aura-enhanced with subtle cabin lighting from gently glowing walls could be quite something else. Using OLED (organic light emitting diode) technology, thin, bendable, lightweight display screens would blend with the fuselage and surfaces, such as seatbacks. Use of this concept would optimize space and reduce the weight of the aircraft.

Case study: Hearing loss in one infant twin affects mother's speech to both babies

October 29, 2014 - 6:39pm
Is it possible that hearing loss in one infant from a pair of twins can affect the mother’s speech to both infants? A new acoustics study zeroes in on this question and suggests that not only is this alteration of speech entirely possible, but that mothers speak to both infants as if they are hearing impaired.

Urban seismic network detects human sounds

October 29, 2014 - 6:39pm
When listening to the Earth, what clues can seismic data reveal about the impact of urban life? Although naturally occurring vibrations have proven useful to seismologists, until now the vibrations caused by humans haven’t been explored in any real depth. Researchers have described their efforts to tap into an urban seismic network to monitor the traffic of trains, planes, automobiles and other modes of human transport.

Google's Play Music creates playlist based on user's mood

October 29, 2014 - 3:16pm

Need some music for Monday morning? Google's Play Music can create a playlist suited for commuting or getting the work week started.  

Urban seismic network detects human sounds

October 29, 2014 - 1:00pm
When listening to the Earth, what clues can seismic data reveal about the impact of urban life? Although naturally occurring vibrations have proven extremely useful to seismologists, until now the vibrations caused by humans haven't been explored in any real depth.

Supersonic laser-propelled rockets: Hybrid approach may help power rockets, launch satellites, push future aircraft past Mach 10

October 29, 2014 - 11:34am
Researchers have described a new system that integrates a laser-ablation propulsion system with the gas blasting nozzles of a spacecraft which can increase the speed of the gas flow out of the system to supersonic speeds while reducing the amount of burned fuel.

Nestling birds struggle in noisy environments

October 29, 2014 - 7:53am
Unable to fly, nestling birds depend on their parents for both food and protection: vocal communication between parents and offspring helps young birds to determine when they should beg for food and when they should crouch in the nest to avoid a predator seeking an easy meal. A group of researchers has found that ambient, anthropomorphic noise -- from traffic, construction and other human activities -- can break this vital communications link, leaving nestlings vulnerable or hungry.