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Vitamin supplement successfully prevents noise-induced hearing loss

December 2, 2014 - 11:38am
A way to prevent noise-induced hearing loss has been found in a mouse using a simple chemical compound that is a precursor to vitamin B3. This discovery has important implications not only for preventing hearing loss, but also potentially for treating some aging-related conditions that are linked to the same protein.

Name that voice: Mathematica catches impersonations

December 2, 2014 - 4:00am
Benedict Cumberbatch was recently invited to show off his voice impersonations of celebrities, from Christopher Walken to Taylor Swift. That video evidently inspired Wolfram's Rita Crook, marketing products manager, to ask that, if his impersonation skills of well-known talents such as Michael Caine could fool a listening human ear into thinking it was Michael, could the actor also fool a computer—-namely, could he fool Mathematica's machine-learning capabilities?

Apple on trial: Decade-old iTunes suit will be heard in court

December 1, 2014 - 11:46pm

A suit against Apple, originally brought in 2005, will finally be heard in a California district court this week. Steve Jobs will appear in a video deposition in the trial, which will focus on Apple's early dominance in the online music marketplace.

Vitamin supplement successfully prevents noise-induced hearing loss

December 1, 2014 - 11:00pm
(Gladstone Institutes) Researchers from Weill Cornell Medical College and the Gladstone Institutes have found a way to prevent noise-induced hearing loss in a mouse using a simple chemical compound that is a precursor to vitamin B3. This discovery has important implications not only for preventing hearing loss, but also potentially for treating some aging-related conditions that are linked to the same protein.

Jurors to hear Steve Jobs testimony at Apple trial

December 1, 2014 - 11:40am
A billion-dollar class-action lawsuit over Apple's iPod music players heads to trial on Tuesday in a California federal court after nearly a decade in legal wrangling.

London calling: phone biometrics should be handled with care

December 1, 2014 - 3:10am
Current and future uses of biometric data and technologies have been under review in the UK, with the British Parliament hearing views from security experts. Biometric technology identifies individuals automatically by using biological characteristics; digital consumers have been told that biometrics will be an effective alternative path for security measures against password theft and forced access to sensitive information. Whether it's a student's bank account information or a mobile device loaded with confidential enterprise data, the toll of identity theft has sent researchers on campuses and in technology companies looking for safe authentication methods. How reliable is biometrics as applied to mobile devices? How well are vendors implementing this technology? In the UK, a Science and Technology Committee in August announced an inquiry into the use and collection of biometric data back in August. The inquiry focus was on "the potential use and collection of biometric data and whether regulations in this emerging field are adequate."

Magnitude 2.6 Earthquake Hits Near Clayton

November 30, 2014 - 7:05pm

CBS San Francisco Connect With Us At KPIX 5 PROGRAM GUIDE: KPIX 5 TV Schedule WATCH: A Glimpse Inside The Working KPIX 5 Newsroom Breaking News Send news tips, video & photos, and video to the KPIX 5 [] CONNECT WITH KCBS Welcome to KCBS All News 740AM & 106.9FM on CBSSanFrancisco.com! LIKE KCBS Radio On Facebook: KCBS is the Bay Area's only all news station, serving listeners with local, national and world news around the clock, [] CLAYTON - An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 2.6 struck near Clayton Sunday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor reported at 8:40 a.m. was 4 miles east-southeast of Clayton and 7 miles south-southwest of Antioch, USGS officials said.

No croaking: New frog species groans, coughs

November 30, 2014 - 4:10am
Scientists have discovered a new frog species in southern New Jersey that makes some un-froglike sounds.

Weather patterns affect our lives

November 30, 2014 - 2:03am

Oh, weather! We gripe about it, we enjoy it if it's nice, we listen to the forecast, then we endure it if it's not just what we want. We laugh about the old saying that says, "if you don't like Ohio's weather today, just wait until tomorrow."

No croaking: New frog species groans, coughs

November 29, 2014 - 3:32pm
CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) -- Scientists have discovered a new frog species in southern New Jersey that makes some un-froglike sounds....

Report: Apple will bake Beats subscription music service into iOS

November 28, 2014 - 10:16pm

Apple is planning to embed the Beats subscription music service into iOS next year, reports the Financial Times. Apple has been skeptical of the streaming music business until now, but Beats might be a boon for iTunes customers.

Pop music heritage contributes to the formation of identity

November 28, 2014 - 8:30am
The musical rebels of the past are today's museum pieces. Pop music is increasingly penetrating heritage institutions such as museums and archives. That is apparent from the PhD research of Arno van der Hoeven. On Thursday 27 November 2014 he defended his thesis entitled 'Popular Music Memories. Places and practices of popular music heritage, memory and cultural identity' at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. In his research, Van der Hoeven also shows that pop music heritage contributes to the formation of people's identity.

3.1 Magnitude Earthquake Rattles Yountville, Sonoma In Napa County

November 28, 2014 - 12:59am

CBS San Francisco Connect With Us At KPIX 5 PROGRAM GUIDE: KPIX 5 TV Schedule WATCH: A Glimpse Inside The Working KPIX 5 Newsroom Breaking News Send news tips, video & photos, and video to the KPIX 5 [] CONNECT WITH KCBS Welcome to KCBS All News 740AM & 106.9FM on CBSSanFrancisco.com! LIKE KCBS Radio On Facebook: KCBS is the Bay Area's only all news station, serving listeners with local, national and world news around the clock, [] NAPA COUNTY - A small earthquake registering a preliminary magnitude of 3.1 struck Napa County Thursday afternoon, according to the U.S. Geological Survey's automated seismograph alert network. The quake hit at 12:36 p.m. about 5 miles northeast of Sonoma at a depth of 5 miles.

Mental Health Crises Online: Is Social Media a Friend or Foe?

November 27, 2014 - 6:00am
People are increasingly broadcasting symptoms of mental illness on social media. We should listen

-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

GoGlove wearable aims to control life's soundtracks

November 26, 2014 - 2:00pm
Technology creatives are seeing the key attraction in wearables as being in solutions that save the user from fumbling around with the phone to make app adjustments or changes, or from repeatedly taking it and replacing it in one's pocket. GoGlove is presented as a Bluetooth glove, with connectivity to iOS and Android, using technology where you get to control music apps—change tracks, play/pause, camera, and GoPro—straight from this wearable. The music functions are listed as Play/Pause, Skip/Back Track, Volume Up/Down.

This Native American activist was kicked out of the Senate for singing thanks

November 26, 2014 - 1:36pm

You might have seen the video last week: the one where Sen. Elizabeth Warren declares that the effort to push the Keystone XL pipeline through the Senate has failed. At that moment, a loud ululating sound emanates from somewhere off camera in the Senate chamber. Warren looks up in consternation.

It takes a while to register that this is a Native American chant. It’s doubtful that Warren even realizes it. Certainly no one in Congress actually understands it. Warren looks uncomfortable, and shouts “Order in the gallery” until the noise stops.

The noise stops because the Capitol police have identified the singer — Greg Grey Cloud, member of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe, co-founder of Wica Agli — and arrested him.

The video of Warren reacting to the chant goes viral. A few news outlets write about it — the chant turns out to be the unci maka wiwayang wacipi song, which, far from being some super-ancient piece of Native American lore, was written to protest coal mining just a few years ago by a guy named Howard Bad Hand.

None of the articles, however, is as charming as the interview with Grey Cloud that ran in Indian Country Today a few days ago. Grey Cloud may be a man of ideals, but he’s not going to be unnecessarily serious about it.

Indian Country Today  So, um, seriously what the hell were you thinking?

Greg Man bro, honestly?! I thought if these fools pass this bill, I’m going to belt out a wicked counting coup, calling-the-warriors song! Then it didn’t pass! Bro, I was overwhelmed with joy and relief! Goosebumps crawled up my arms and I thought to myself, SING! Sing you fool! Honor these leaders who stood up for the people!

Indian Country Today  Be honest, were you just having a Flashdance moment — you know, “What a feeling …”?

Greg Haha, I just stood up, put my proud warrior face on and blasted one out! It WAS quite the feeling moment haha!

In Canada, First Nations have been front and center in a lot of the battles over oil and gas extraction. A lot of this has to do with political power — the Canadian Supreme Court has been much more likely to side with First Nations over land use issues than our own Supreme Court has.

In the U.S., the Native American profile in the movement against fossil fuels hasn’t been as high profile — except for a few groups, like the Cowboy & Indian Alliance (which Grey Cloud gives a shout-out to in his interview).

So I’m going to add Grey Cloud to my list of folks to thank on this holiday. In a better America, it wouldn’t be so strange to hear a Native American chant in the halls of Congress — whether or not it was out of order.


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Enabling the hearing impaired to locate human speakers

November 26, 2014 - 5:30am
New wireless microphones systems developed at EPFL should allow the hearing impaired to aurally identify, even with closed eyes, the location of the person speaking. This new technology will be used in classrooms and conference rooms for better sound quality.

Spotify turns up volume as losses fall

November 25, 2014 - 3:30pm
The world's biggest music streaming service, Spotify, announced Tuesday its revenue grew by 74 percent in 2013 while net losses shrank by one third, in a year of spectacular expansion.

Unboxing videos online chronicle the big reveal

November 25, 2014 - 12:20pm
Rrrrip goes the packing tape and squeak goes the protective foam. Are there sweeter, more seductive sounds than the opening of a new toy or gadget?

Hearing – Not Just For Your Ears Anymore

November 25, 2014 - 5:36am
Everyone learns about the senses from when we are very young. We smell with our noses, taste with our tongues, see with our eyes, touch with our skin, and listen with our ears ...

-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com