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After a concussion, which teens will have emotional symptoms?

July 10, 2014 - 2:15pm
After a concussion, teens who are sensitive to light or noise may be more likely to also have emotional symptoms such as anxiety, according to a new study.

'Sonic Boom' Earthquake Shatters Expectations

July 10, 2014 - 12:00pm
One of the world's deepest earthquakes was also a rare supersonic quake, upending ideas about where these unusual earthquakes strike.

Virtual reality interface device and brain neural networks in neurological diseases

July 9, 2014 - 10:00pm
(Neural Regeneration Research) Virtual reality interface devices permit the user to interact with the virtual world in real time through a variety of multisensory channels including hearing, sight, touch and smell.

Pentagon spurs new work on a brain implant to aid memory problems

July 9, 2014 - 6:55pm
It sounds like science fiction: A device that can be surgically installed in the brain to help form, store and recall memories.

GOP lawmakers try to ease new curbs on ivory sales

July 9, 2014 - 1:49pm
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republicans in the House want to hold up new federal rules intended to crack down on ivory sales because it is becoming more difficult for owners of musical instruments, antiques and guns made with ivory to trade in such items....

Seahorses Click When 'Horny' - Growl In Distress | Video

July 9, 2014 - 11:16am
Audio from long-snout seahorses have been recorded by researchers. Clicking sounds were recorded during courtship. Growling sounds were induced grabbing the seahorse and holding it in place under water.

Think fun when exercising and you'll eat less later

July 9, 2014 - 7:59am
If you think of your next workout as a 'fun run' or as a well-deserved break, you'll eat less afterward, research has shown. However, if you think of it as exercise or as a workout you'll later eat more dessert and snacks, to reward yourself. For beginning or veteran exercisers, the bottom line is this: "Do whatever you can to make your workout fun. Play music, watch a video, or simply be grateful that you're working out instead of working in the office," said one author.

Invasive marine species found to be attracted to boat noise

July 8, 2014 - 5:30am
(Phys.org) —A team of researchers from Australia and New Zealand has found that sounds emitted by boats in port attract invasive marine species. In their paper published in the journal Biofouling, the team describes how they conducted sound experiments along with boat inspections to learn more about the habits of fouling larvae and their preferences and discovered that the noise generated by boats is similar to that of natural reefs.

University students developing robotic gardening technology

July 7, 2014 - 9:35am
For more than a half-century, NASA has made the stuff of science fiction into reality. Researchers are continuing that tradition by designing robots to work in a deep-space habitat, tending gardens and growing food for astronaut explorers. It sounds like a concept from Star Wars, but a team of graduate students from the University of Colorado Boulder is now developing the innovative technology to make it possible.

Should Humanity Try to Contact Intelligent Aliens?

July 7, 2014 - 5:39am
'Active SETI' sounds like science fiction, but some astronomers are discussing it seriously today. The idea is a controversial, hot-button issue, with some researchers wary of sending signals out to touch base with intelligent aliens.

Oulu team explores magnetic communication for smartphones

July 6, 2014 - 3:03pm
A system called Pulse uses the magnetic field sensor, or magnetometer, for the compass app in smartphones to get messages in the form of a varying magnetic field produced by a nearby electromagnet. The report in New Scientist features the work of Vassilis Kostakos and team at the University of Oulu Department of Computer Science and Engineering in Finland. They built a test electromagnet system that communicated with Android phones. They encoded data in a varying magnetic field and they could transmit items such as a web address and MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) music sequence from the electromagnet to the phone. MIDI is a standard that allows electronic musical instruments, computers and other devices to connect and communicate with one another.

Rhythm Is Heard Best in the Bass

July 5, 2014 - 8:00am
Better detection by the brain could explain why low-pitched notes carry the beat across musical cultures

-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Digital rights group: Some Android phones may tell location history

July 4, 2014 - 1:01pm
Is your phone a calling companion or callout snitch? The Electronic Frontier Foundation delivered findings about some Android phones on Thursday—concerning newer, not older, models. According to EFF findings, a number of newer Android devices could serve up a privacy headache by broadcasting your whereabouts. The phone could turn snitch in revealing the most recently connected wi-fi networks that a device has joined while the mobile device is in sleep mode. The EFF article's headline read, "Is Your Android Device Telling the World Where You've Been?" The report's authors, EFF's Peter Eckersley, technology projects director, and Jeremy Gillula, staff technologist, had some other questions: "Do you own an Android device? Is it less than three years old? If so, then when your phone's screen is off and it's not connected to a Wi-Fi network, there's a high risk that it is broadcasting your location history to anyone within Wi-Fi range that [sic] wants to listen."

Challenge Yourself to Pronounce These Foreign Phonemes [Audio]

July 3, 2014 - 12:30pm
To learn a language well, focus first on speech sounds

-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Ben Franklin: Sonic Explorer

July 3, 2014 - 12:00pm
Ben Franklin’s sonic experiments included inventing a new musical instrument and testing the limits of the human voice.

Bristol researchers enhance the performance of Imogen Heap's musical gloves

July 3, 2014 - 4:30am
Wireless technology is becoming increasingly common in live musical performances but the technology is prone to interference, which can affect a live concert. A research team have demonstrated the potential Wi-Fi has to offer for live performances and specifically for the musical gloves used by the artist Imogen Heap.

People with Tinnitus May Process Emotions Differently

July 2, 2014 - 5:33pm
People with the mysterious hearing condition tinnitus may hear incessant ringing or whooshing noises, and may suffer depression or anxiety with their condition. Now a new study finds their brains may also process emotions differently.

Video: Why some people just don't like music

July 2, 2014 - 5:41am
For many people, enjoying music results in noticeable physical reactions – sweaty palms or a shiver down the spine. Music can cause the release of dopamine in your body, which provides a feeling of immense pleasure and reward.

Plants respond to leaf vibrations caused by insects' chewing

July 1, 2014 - 4:38pm
Previous studies have suggested that plant growth can be influenced by sound and that plants respond to wind and touch. Now, researchers, in a collaboration that brings together audio and chemical analysis, have determined that plants respond to the sounds that caterpillars make when eating plants and that the plants respond with more defenses.

Google buys Songza streaming music service

July 1, 2014 - 3:33pm
Google on Tuesday said that it has bought Songza, a free online streaming music service that recommends tunes based on what people might be in the mood to hear.