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Flatow, 'Science Friday' settle claims over grant

September 16, 2014 - 12:20pm
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Federal prosecutors say radio host Ira Flatow and his "Science Friday" show that airs on many National Public Radio stations have settled civil claims that they misused money from a nearly $1 million federal grant aimed at boosting the show's reach to younger listeners....

Bacterial communication: And so they beat on, flagella against the cantilever

September 16, 2014 - 9:17am
Researchers have developed a new model to study the motion patterns of bacteria in real time and to determine how these motions relate to communication within a bacterial colony. They chemically attached colonies of E. coli bacteria to a microcantilever, coupling its motion to that of the bacteria. As the cantilever itself isn’t doesn’t generate any vibrations, or ‘noise,’ this allowed the researchers to monitor the colony’s reactions to various stimuli in real time.

Miami Bat Squad Tracks Rare Species to Golf Course Roost

September 16, 2014 - 5:12am
The researchers use ultrasonic mikes to track down the home of the rare Florida bonneted bat, a critically endangered species

-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Hey1 and Hey2 ensure inner ear 'hair cells' are made at the right time, in the right place

September 15, 2014 - 10:00pm
(Johns Hopkins Medicine) Two Johns Hopkins neuroscientists have discovered the 'molecular brakes' that time the generation of important cells in the inner ear cochleas of mice. These 'hair cells' translate sound waves into electrical signals that are carried to the brain and are interpreted as sounds. If the arrangement of the cells is disordered, hearing is impaired.

And so they beat on, flagella against the cantilever

September 15, 2014 - 10:00pm
(American Institute of Physics) Researchers have developed a new model to study the motion patterns of bacteria in real time and to determine how these motions relate to communication within a bacterial colony. They chemically attached colonies of E. coli bacteria to a microcantilever, coupling its motion to that of the bacteria. As the cantilever itself isn't doesn't generate any vibrations, or 'noise,' this allowed the researchers to monitor the colony's reactions to various stimuli in real time.

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

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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