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Pickleball Courts in a Legal Pickle #ASA186

As communities are flooded with pickleball courts to satiate the hunger for the snack-named game, HOAs and city councils face litigation by those whose lives are disrupted by pickleball’s din. The sport is uniquely noisy due to the hard paddles...
9-May-2024 1:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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AI-Powered Headphones Filter Only Unwanted Noise #ASA186

Noise-canceling headphones automatically identify background sounds and cancel them out for much-needed peace and quiet. However, typical noise-canceling fails to distinguish between unwanted background sounds and crucial information, leaving...
9-May-2024 7:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Noise Survey Highlights Need for New Direction at Canadian Airports #ASA186

At the Toronto Pearson International Airport, airplane traffic dropped by 80% in the first few months of lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic., and in early 2020, the NVH-SQ Research Group out of the University of Windsor surveyed residents living...
8-May-2024 7:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Building a Better Sarcasm Detector #ASA186

Sarcasm is notoriously tricky to convey through text, and the subtle changes in tone that convey sarcasm often confuse computer algorithms as well, limiting virtual assistants and content analysis tools.
8-May-2024 12:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Spider Silk Sound System #ASA186

Researchers from Binghamton University investigated how spiders listen to their environments through webs and found that the webs match the acoustic particle velocity for a wide range of sound frequencies.
7-May-2024 11:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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To Sound like a Hockey Player, Speak like a Canadian #ASA186

Hockey players are famous for their distinctive jargon, but while researching this phenomenon, linguist and hockey player Andrew Bray realized another interesting pattern in hockey speech: American hockey players adopted aspects of Canadian English...
9-May-2024 8:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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All Wound Up: A Clearer Look at Electric Guitar Pickups #ASA186

Pickups can be seen as the “heart” of the electric guitar, turning vibrations from the strings into electricity for sound. The details of how the pickup coil is wound has a significant impact on the resulting sound of the instrument, and...
8-May-2024 8:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Analyzing Androgynous Characteristics in an Emperor Penguin Courtship Call #ASA186

In the emperor penguin courtship call, male vocalizations are composed of long, slow bursts with lower frequency tones than the female version. But calls of SeaWorld San Diego male penguin E-79 defied this binary. Also unusual was this penguin’s...
7-May-2024 8:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Reconstructing the Acoustics of Notre Dame

The April 15 fire that devastated the roof of Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral left many people around the globe wondering whether it’s possible to rebuild it in a way that can recreate the cultural icon’s complex signature acoustics. Six years...
3-May-2019 8:05 AM EDT

The Spin Racket: Ping-Pong Champs Are Intuitive Masters of Fluid Dynamics

Curve balls may help a pitcher strike out batters in baseball; and some nasty spin can make an opponent sweat to return a tennis serve. But more so than in any other ball game, in table tennis – where the ball is so light and so small –dedicated...
8-Aug-2012 10:00 AM EDT

Experts Available: Fluid Dynamics and Ship Experts Discuss the Science of the Costa Concordia

When the cruise liner Costa Concordia drew too close to shore near the Italian island of Giglio, a large rocky outcrop quickly sliced through the ship’s hull. While many questions about the dynamics at play during that disaster remain unanswered,...
27-Feb-2012 8:00 AM EST

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