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Korea’s ‘Hanoks’ Display Acoustic Excellence


Concerts held within Hanoks are popular tourist attractions in Korea, and when a team of researchers from Soongsil University in Seoul discovered this, they set out to explore whether the homes’ excellent acoustics stem from their architectural...
29-Oct-2015 1:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Vibrating Bees Tell the State of the Hive


While scientists are still investigating the causes of colony collapse disorder, beekeepers could benefit from technologies that help them track the health of their hives, and researchers have developed a device that can monitor hive activity...
29-Oct-2015 1:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Why’s There Chatter in My Himalayan Singing Bowl?


A Himalayan singing bowl operates like a wine glass -- slide your fingertip, or a wooden stick called a puja, around its rim to hear its soothing tones. The bowls have been used for meditation and worship for centuries, but have found new audiences...
29-Oct-2015 9:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Researchers Reveal Acoustic Complexity of Chickadee Songs

Researchers have found an alternative choice for songbird study: a small non-migratory songbird commonly found in North America known as the black-capped chickadee. Female black-capped chickadees sing and their songs are acoustically distinct from...
29-Oct-2015 3:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Sound Waves Levitate Cells to Detect Stiffness Changes That Could Signal Disease


Utah Valley University physicists are literally applying rocket science to the field of medical diagnostics. With a few key changes, the researchers used a noninvasive ultrasonic technique originally developed to detect microscopic flaws in solid...
29-Oct-2015 1:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Environment and Climate Helped Shape Varied Evolution of Human Languages


Researchers have examined the relationship between the sound structures of a worldwide sample of human languages and climatic and ecological factors including temperature, precipitation, vegetation and geomorphology. The results, to be presented at...
29-Oct-2015 8:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Fighting Citrus Greening with Vibrating Orange Groves


The Asian Citrus Psyllid is loathed by orange farmers because they spread an even more pernicious foe: the bacteria Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus, which cause a disease called citrus greening that turns the trees' leaves a sickly yellow and...
29-Oct-2015 7:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Eavesdropping on Bering Strait Marine Mammals

One way to monitor impacts to the ecosystem is by observing the changes in occurrence or distribution of sea birds and marine mammals. So a team of researchers is “eavesdropping” on marine mammals within the Arctic to monitor their presence...
29-Oct-2015 3:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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