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3-D printers to make human body parts? It's happening

February 4, 2015 - 1:46pm
It sounds like something from a science fiction plot: So-called three-dimensional printers are being used to fashion prosthetic arms and hands, jaw bones, spinal-cord implants - and one day perhaps even living human body parts.

Listening carefully: Brain waves indicate listening challenges in older adults

February 4, 2015 - 11:59am
The elderly often complain about hearing difficulties, especially when several people are talking all at once. Researchers have discovered that the reason for this does not just concern the ear but also changes in the attention processes in the brain of older people. Particular importance is attached to the alpha waves whose adaption to altered hearing situations improves speech comprehension in everyday situations.

Attention: How eyes reveal the brain's focus

February 4, 2015 - 11:58am
A primate's ability to pay attention to, or tune out, particular sights and sounds is crucial for success and survival. Researchers looked into monkeys' eyes for insight into how the brain processes distractions. They found that neural activity and changes to pupil size in response to distractors can predict how well the brain helps focus on a goal.

Video: Wild Watery Geyser of Cook's Chasm, Oregon Coast

February 4, 2015 - 2:50am

One of the wilder features of the entire Oregon coast, the spouting horn at Cook's Chasm is certainly among the most animated as well. It fires off water into the air, sometimes quite high, making a surprising hissing noise.

Attention! How eyes reveal the brain's focus

February 3, 2015 - 11:00pm
(Duke University) A primate's ability to pay attention to, or tune out, particular sights and sounds is crucial for success and survival. Duke University researchers looked into monkeys' eyes for insight into how the brain processes distractions. They found that neural activity and changes to pupil size in response to distractors can predict how well the brain helps focus on a goal.

How Your Brain Ignores Distractions

February 3, 2015 - 4:24pm
From the feeling of clothes against the skin, to the sounds of cocktail party chatter, the human brain is constantly blocking out information that could be distracting. Now, a new study reveals how the brain achieves this ignoring feat.

Examining noise produced by wind power plants

February 3, 2015 - 9:40am
The South Karelian Institute of Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) is examining the disruptiveness of the noise generated by wind power plants in Finland. The study combines the measurement of the noise produced by wind power with the noise experienced by humans in relation to sound pressure levels and the time and frequency behaviour of sound.

How is noise produced by wind power plants experienced?

February 3, 2015 - 8:43am
The disruptiveness of the noise generated by wind power plants in Finland is the focus of a new study that combines the measurement of the noise produced by wind power with the noise experienced by humans in relation to sound pressure levels and the time and frequency behavior of sound.  

More evidence that musical training protects the brain

February 2, 2015 - 12:26pm
Scientists have found some of the strongest evidence yet that musical training in younger years can prevent the decay in speech listening skills in later life. "Musical activities are an engaging form of cognitive brain training and we are now seeing robust evidence of brain plasticity from musical training not just in younger brains, but in older brains too," said the study's leader.

Study analyzes how manmade noise impacts bird decline

February 2, 2015 - 7:10am
How noise can affect interactions between human and natural systems is the topic of a National Science Foundation grant awarded to researchers at Penn State and Boise State University.

Balloon pilots arrive in New Mexico after historic flight

February 2, 2015 - 2:16am
Two pilots who completed a record-breaking flight across the Pacific Ocean in a helium-filled balloon returned to New Mexico on Sunday to the sounds of mariachi music and an enthusiastic welcome

Balloon pilots arrive in New Mexico after historic flight

February 1, 2015 - 7:02pm
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- Two pilots who completed a record-breaking flight across the Pacific Ocean in a helium-filled balloon returned to New Mexico on Sunday to the sounds of mariachi music and an enthusiastic and emotional welcome...

Jay Z to acquire Wimp music service

January 30, 2015 - 9:20am
US rap star Jay Z will make a $56-million foray into the music streaming business by taking over the Norwegian service Wimp, its shareholders confirmed Friday.

Distinctive sounds announce iceberg births

January 30, 2015 - 5:20am
Underwater sounds can be used to detect different ways glaciers lose ice as they flow into the ocean, giving scientists new insight into these poorly understood events, according to new research.

All About the Bass: How Baleen Whales Hear Very Low Frequencies

January 29, 2015 - 3:21pm
Little is known about how baleen whales process low-frequency sounds. Now, researchers have found that baleen whales have specialized skulls that can capture the energy of low frequencies and direct it toward their ear bones to hear.

Blame men for political gridlock, study says

January 29, 2015 - 10:37am
Men in survey and experimental data were more likely than women to avoid cross-party political discussion, to judge political arguments based solely on what party is advancing them, and to form strong political opinions about the opposite party's positions without actually listening to the other side's reasoning, researchers report.

Can synesthesia be taught? Colored letters, tasty sounds?

January 29, 2015 - 8:42am
Can synesthesia have cognitive benefits and can it be taught? There are over 60 known types of synesthesia, a condition in which stimulation of one sense, such as taste, leads to automatic, involuntary experience in a second sense. People with synesthesia tend to perform better on memory tasks, particularly involving color, abstract patterns or words and this can also be transferred to creative disciplines such as music.

Climate models don't over-predict warming, study shows

January 29, 2015 - 3:19am
If you listen to climate change skeptics, Earth's surface hasn't warmed appreciably in the last 15 years, and any "record" set last year is just the result of the planet doing what the planet naturally does.

Icebergs 'have sound signature'

January 29, 2015 - 2:55am
Listening to icebergs could help to assess the extent of glacier melt, a study suggests.

Climate Influences Language Evolution

January 28, 2015 - 7:50pm
The ease with which certain sounds are produced in different climes plays a role in the development of spoken languages. Christopher Intagliata reports

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