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2009-09-05 12:13:54

Bigger speakers, bigger sound "“ this is the music lover's creed. Flat panel loudspeakers offer an alternative to those who would rather not or cannot clutter up their homes with speakers. These speakers can be integrated inconspicuously on walls or in furniture. At the Internationale Funkausstellung IFA in Berlin from September 4 to 9, Fraunhofer scientists are presenting a completely new concept for ultra-flat loudspeakers that still deliver full sound reproduction. Stereo, Dolby...

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2009-05-11 08:14:11

Research could have implications for addressing hearing loss in humans UCLA scientists report for the first time on the only known frog species that can communicate using purely ultrasonic calls, whose frequencies are too high to be heard by humans. Known as Huia cavitympanum, the frog lives only on the Southeast Asian island of Borneo. Ultrasounds are high-pitched sounds more than 20 kilohertz (kHz) in frequency, which exceeds the upper limit of sounds detectable by humans and is far higher...

2008-09-29 09:00:36

By IAN SWANSON Scottish EDINBURGH Airport bosses have been urged to bring in lower noise limits for planes after a system of fines helped cut the racket endured by people living near the flightpath. Airlines currently face having to pay up to GBP 2000 if they breach noise thresholds while landing or taking off at Edinburgh Airport. The technique pilots use, particularly when taking off, can make a big difference to noise levels - just like revving up a car engine. In the 12 months...

2008-08-26 15:00:44

New York researchers say a new test shows that more humans have "perfect pitch" than expected. The ability to recognize and remember a tone without a reference is much more common than commonly believed, say researchers at the University of Rochester's Eastman School of Music and Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences. Their findings were presented Wednesday in Sapporo, Japan, at the International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition and described in a news release Tuesday....

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2007-05-24 14:25:00

DURHAM, N.C. -- The use of 12 tone intervals in the music of many human cultures is rooted in the physics of how our vocal anatomy produces speech, according to researchers at the Duke University Center for Cognitive Neuroscience. The particular notes used in music sound right to our ears because of the way our vocal apparatus makes the sounds used in all human languages, said Dale Purves, the George Barth Geller Professor for Research in Neurobiology. It's not something one can hear...

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2005-09-24 11:55:00

Hearing loss can result, whether the music is heavy metal or pop, study finds If you're a concert fan -- whether your taste is heavy metal or pop -- don't forget to take your earplugs. If you don't, you risk damaging your hearing and eventually suffering noise-induced hearing loss. So says a new study to be presented at the American Academy of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery annual meeting, which begins Sept. 25 in Los Angeles. The advice also holds whether you're in a front-row seat or...


Word of the Day
sough
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'
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