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Rihanna's music eases kids' pain after surgery

January 8, 2015 - 12:01pm
Pediatric patients who listened to 30 minutes of songs by Rihanna, Taylor Swift and other singers of their choosing -- or audio books -- had a significant reduction in pain after major surgery, according to a new study. Audio therapy avoids risky side effects of opioid drugs, which can cause breathing problems in children. Because caregivers usually limit the amount of opiods prescribed, children's pain can sometimes be not well controlled.

Hunting bats rely on 'bag of chips effect'

January 8, 2015 - 12:00pm
When bats hunt in groups at night, they rely on the sounds of their fellow bats to tip them off on the best places to a grab a good meal. Researchers reporting their findings are calling this behavior the 'bag of chips effect.'

Hunting bats rely on 'bag of chips effect'

January 8, 2015 - 11:06am
When bats hunt in groups at night, they rely on the sounds of their fellow bats to tip them off on the best places to a grab a good meal. Researchers reporting their findings in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on January 8 are calling this behavior the "bag of chips effect."

Some creatures use electricity and vibrations in sex (and this can be dangerous)

January 8, 2015 - 7:30am
Most animals use touch, smell, hearing, taste and sight to identify and attract a mate (that goes for humans too). But some species have additional and unusual weapons in their sexual armoury – the ability to sense vibrations and electric signals which indicate that a similar creature is in the vicinity.

Magic numbers of quantum matter revealed by cold atoms

January 8, 2015 - 6:50am
Topology, a branch of mathematics classifying geometric objects, has been exploited by physicists to predict and describe unusual quantum phases: the topological states of matter. These intriguing phases, generally accessible at very low temperature, exhibit unique conductivity properties which are particularly robust against external perturbations, suggesting promising technological applications. The great stability of topological states relies on a set of magic integers, the so-called Chern numbers, which remain immune to defects and deformations. For the first time, an international team of scientists succeeded to measure the topological Chern number in a non-electronic system with high precision. The experiments were carried out with ultracold bosonic atoms controlled by lasers, in the group of Professor Immanuel Bloch (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich and Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, Garching) in collaboration with Nathan Goldman and Sylvain Nascimbène from the Collège de France and Nigel Cooper from Cambridge University.

Music cuts across cultures

January 7, 2015 - 3:22pm
Whether you are a Pygmy in the Congolese rainforest or a hipster in downtown Montreal, certain aspects of music will touch you in exactly the same ways. Researchers found that although the groups felt quite differently about whether specific pieces of music made them feel good or bad, their subjective and physiological responses to how exciting or calming they found the music to be appeared to be universal.

Want to turn heads at CES? Hire a celebrity (Update)

January 7, 2015 - 1:10pm
Driverless cars of the future. Every imaginable (and unimaginable) kind of smartphone case. The latest laundry technology, even. Acres of Las Vegas convention center floor packed with gadget demos and exhibitor booths. And 160,000 people milling about. So how can a company get noticed among all the noise?

Doctor warns against 'keepsake' ultrasounds

January 7, 2015 - 1:07pm
Expectant parents should avoid the use of ultrasounds for nonmedical reasons, according to maternal-fetal medicine experts. “Ultrasound is a valuable tool when done for medical purposes by trained professionals,” said one physician. “But this technology should not be used for entertainment purposes to see an image of a baby or to identify gender."

Aided by Steve Jobs' testimony, Apple prevails in iTunes antitrust case

January 7, 2015 - 12:46pm

A jury found Apple not guilty in a decade-old case alleging that the company behaved in a anticompetitive manner by making its iTunes software and iPod music players incompatible with rival services. The trial featured a videotaped deposition from Apple cofounder Steve Jobs, in which he recounted how Apple had to secure its software from hacking attempts.

Caregiver, families with mentally ill members all need help, CWRU researchers find

January 7, 2015 - 11:39am
Listening to older sisters of mentally ill siblings discuss their mothers' difficult caregiving experiences made a researcher wonder if something important about families was missed in a prior study that focused on women caregivers of mentally ill family members.

Exclusive: Woods performs “It Ain’t Easy” — in the woods

January 7, 2015 - 7:00am

Brooklyn, N.Y., band Woods performed an intimate rendition of their song “It Ain’t Easy,” Aug. 14 at Pickathon 2014 on the Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley, Ore.

More: Grist presents Pickathon On the Farm

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Princeton satellite successfully heads to the 'edge of space' to study the early universe

January 7, 2015 - 6:00am
(Phys.org) —With a noise like giant flags billowing in the wind, the massive white helium balloon rose into the air and carried SPIDER, a telescope designed to investigate the origin of the universe, high above Antarctica. The successful Jan. 1 launch signaled the beginning of a roughly 20-day mission above the continent.

Stevie Wonder Speaks at CES

January 7, 2015 - 5:56am
Musician Stevie Wonder spoke here at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) about the need to make technology more accessible to people with disabilities.

Neil Young brings high-res music player to the masses

January 7, 2015 - 3:20am
Rock star Neil Young announced his high-resolution music player Pono to the general public after delivering some 20,000 devices to Kickstarter supporters.

Siemens introduces smart hearing aids

January 6, 2015 - 8:50am
At the 2015 International CES, Siemens is unveiling smart hearing aids—their latest in wearable hearing technology. The hearing aids can be discreetly controlled via both iPhone and Android devices, with latest models clinically proven to outperform people with normal hearing in background noise. When two hearing aids are worn (the most common case), Siemens' new smart hearing aids utilize intelligent, two-way wireless communication to zero in on desired speech with pinpoint accuracy. This enables better-than-normal hearing in crowded situations like noisy restaurants and cocktail parties where background chatter has historically been a challenge.

Google introduces home audio streaming service, Google Cast

January 6, 2015 - 8:50am
Google unveiled Google Cast for audio on Monday, a new service that streams music to home audio players via smartphones.

New SiriusXM channel to mix comedy, news

January 6, 2015 - 7:50am
The SiriusXM satellite radio network is launching a channel inspired by topical comics like Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and Bill Maher that seeks to attract younger listeners by bringing an entertaining twist to politics and policy discussions.

Panasonic has photocatalytic water purification tech

January 6, 2015 - 4:10am
While CES show booths are capturing attention with electronic devices, another recent show venue, Eco-Products 2014 in Tokyo, captured attention of people focused on solutions for safe, clean, drinkable water. Panasonic presented India as a case in point. Approximately 70 per cent of the population in India, said Panasonic, uses water not from taps but primarily that from under the ground. Leaching into it are harmful substances such as agrochemical residues, the arsenic of ore veins, and hexavalent chromium from leather tanneries. This creates health problems. Panasonic aims to make this technology available across India and other nations.

Humans, sparrows make sense of sounds in similar ways

January 5, 2015 - 3:51pm
The song of the swamp sparrow—a grey-breasted bird found in wetlands throughout much of North America—is a simple melodious trill, repeated over and over again.

Green walls, effective acoustic insulation

January 5, 2015 - 11:19am
Zaloa Azkorra, an agricultural engineer of the UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country, is conducting research at the University School of Mining and Public Works Engineering into the benefits provided by green walls. The researcher has concluded that walls comprising plants offer great potential for absorbing noise and could be used as acoustic insulation.