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From Reverberating Chaos to Concert Halls, Good Acoustics is Culturally Subjective

Play a flute in Carnegie Hall, and the tone will resonate and fill the space. Play that same flute in the Grand Canyon, and the sound waves will crash against the rock walls, folding back in sonic chaos. The disparity is clear – to the modern...
12-May-2015 8:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

All Sounds Made Equal in Melancholy

Psychoacoustics identifies five basic types of emotional speech: angry, fearful, happy, sad and neutral. In order to fully understand what’s happening with speech perception, a research team at the University of Texas at Austin studied how...
12-May-2015 9:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Robotic Sonar System Inspired by Bats

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Engineers at Virginia Tech have taken the first steps toward building a novel dynamic sonar system inspired by horseshoe bats that could be more efficient and take up less space than current man-made sonar arrays. They are presenting a prototype of...
12-May-2015 12:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Ultrasonic Production of Skimmed Milk

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Recently, scientists from Swinburne University of Technology in Australia and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) have jointly demonstrated cream separation from natural whole milk at liter-scales for the first...
12-May-2015 12:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

"Natural" Sounds Improves Mood and Productivity, Study Finds

Playing natural sounds such as flowing water in offices could boosts worker moods and improve cognitive abilities in addition to providing speech privacy, according to a new study from researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. They will...
12-May-2015 12:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

How Does the Brain Respond to Hearing Loss?

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Researchers at the University of Colorado suggest that the portion of the brain devoted to hearing can become reorganized even with early-stage hearing loss, and may play a role in cognitive decline. They have applied fundamental principles of...
12-May-2015 10:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Secrets of Baby Talk: Why Mothers Say Coo While Fathers Stay Cool

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Babytalk, which includes higher-pitched voices and a wider range of pitches, is sometimes known as "motherese," partly because most research on parent-child interactions has traditionally focused on the mother's role. Scientists study this common...
12-May-2015 12:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Online Press Conferences Tomorrow: Baby Talk, Bat-inspired Sonar, the Neuroscience of Hearing Loss and the Effects of Noise on Health

WHAT: Press Event Webcasts | Research from the ASA 169th Meeting DATE: Tuesday, May 19 TIME: "Noise and Health" @ 11:00 a.m. EDT; "New Discoveries in Acoustics" @ 2:00 p.m. EDT ONLINE REGISTRATION: http://www.aipwebcasting.com ONSITE LOCATION:...
18-May-2015 3:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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