Latest Acoustical Society of America Stories

2014-05-21 16:25:54

Automated Acoustical Roast Monitoring Technique May Help to Improve the Quality of Coffee Bean Roasting, Reduce Associated Energy Usage and Costs WASHINGTON, May 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- People around the world are drawn to coffee's powerful allure -- for its beloved smell, taste, and the caffeine boost it provides. As you enjoy your coffee beverage, however, odds are good you're probably not thinking about the coffee bean roasting process behind it. But for some the...

F1 Races Can Damage Your Eardrums
2013-12-05 10:27:52

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Auto racing fans, listen up! New research has revealed that being track-side during a grand prix could drastically exceed your daily recommended noise exposure, potentially damaging your eardrums. The idea for the research came to acoustical engineer and University of Texas, Austin Craig Dolder, who attended a Formula 1 race in Montreal, Quebec that coincided with an Acoustical Society of America (ASA) conference held earlier this...

2012-05-10 09:43:55

Hearing health, animal communication, volcanic noise, and more The latest news and discoveries from the science of sound will be featured at Acoustics 2012 Hong Kong, May 13-18, a joint meeting of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA), Acoustical Society of China, Western Pacific Acoustics Conference, and the Hong Kong Institute of Acoustics. Experts in acoustics will present research spanning a diverse array of disciplines, including medicine, music, speech communication, noise, and...

What Makes Fingernails On A Chalkboard So Annoying?
2011-11-06 06:16:44

New research presented during last week's annual conference of the Acoustical Society of America has helped to shed some light on why the sound of fingernails on a chalkboard is such an extreme irritant to so many people. The infamous screeching sound, to which many unpleasant things are often compared, bothers people so much because of the shape of their inner year, Michael Oehler of the Macromedia University for Media and Communication in Cologne, Germany and colleague have discovered....

2010-12-22 12:27:00

Australian Researchers Show that Speech 'Flattens' After 24 Hours Awake WASHINGTON, Dec. 22, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- What can scientists learn from watching a group of people sitting around, chatting, playing movies, reading, and happily making new friends? Quite a lot, says University of Melbourne, Australia acoustician Adam Vogel, who carefully observed this sort of group in a fatigue management study he and his colleagues describe this month in The Journal of the Acoustical...

2010-11-11 14:57:00

Georgia State University research presented at 2nd Pan-American/Iberian Meeting on Acoustics WASHINGTON, Nov. 11, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Most scientific research on laughter is based on recordings of people pretending to laugh. But for Michael Owren of Georgia State University in Atlanta, this false laughter -- the sound of a canned sit-com laugh track -- is a pale imitation of the real thing. He studies the full vocabulary of chortles, giggles, guffaws we all use in everyday...

2010-11-10 12:30:00

Penn State University research presented at 2nd Pan-American/Iberian Meeting on Acoustics WASHINGTON, Nov. 10, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Paul Montgomery, a graduate student at Pennsylvania State University, is helping design a better cook stove for people in developing countries. At an upcoming meeting of the 2nd Pan-American/Iberian Meeting on Acoustics in Cancun, Mexico, he will present a simple heat-powered fan that could help to make these stoves more efficient and combat the...

Word of the Day
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
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This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.