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2008-10-06 10:45:00

Rattlesnakes are not the friendliest creatures. Ordinarily, they are best left alone instead of being snuck up on. However, when it is your job to record the sounds of Western animals, you do not have the luxury of avoiding them. "You get yourself in some strange situations," says Jeff Rice, a University of Utah research librarian who is working to produce the first complete free archive of natural sounds in the West for the public. Rice was sitting in the hills above Utah, aiming his...

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...

2008-07-30 21:00:27

LOS ANGELES, July 30 /PRNewswire/ -- BETA Records (betarecords.com), the expanding international network and community of music artists and fans, will partner with Surroundphones Holdings Inc, (SoundWave360), enabling artists to upgrade MP3 music files with a proprietary process giving their music more analog sound, cleaner dynamics, higher signal-to-noise ratio and more depth in playback, particularly in the portable headphone environment. "We know that recording professionals are pleased...

2008-07-22 15:00:48

By Sonu Munshi, The Tribune, Mesa, Ariz. Jul. 22--A key study outlining 20-year projections for Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport is almost complete. Airport authorities are hosting a public workshop today to seek resident feedback on the 18-month study to update the airport master plan. That document deals with everything from aviation forecasts to the facility's environmental impact. The plan, in the process of being revised since April 2007, includes a study of noise-level projections...

2008-07-17 12:00:49

By Mark Kanny, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 17--Percussionist Steven Schick embraces the wide world of sound, finding inspiration in unexpected places to explore the potential of the instruments he plays. Schick and sound designer Sharokh Yadegari will have the City Theatre stage to themselves Friday and Saturday nights, when they are presented as the fourth weekend of Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble -- Theatre of Music concerts. The ensemble is taking two weeks to prepare for...

2008-07-16 09:00:53

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, July 16 /PRNewswire/ -- This week, a new music platform will open and storm the Bastille of the music industry. Tribe of Noise is expected to kick up quite some dust by offering a lawful alternative for free music downloads. Last year's artists like Moby, Nine Inch Nails and Radio Head made the first moves towards an alternative form of music distribution. But Tribe of Noise takes it one step further. At Tribe of Noise, composers upload their music under a Creative...

2008-07-07 09:01:02

IntriCon Corporation (NASDAQ: IIN), a designer, developer, manufacturer and distributor of body-worn medical and electronics devices, today introduced Ethos(TM), the company's new high-performance adaptive digital signal processing (DSP) hearing aid amplifier. Ethos' advanced capabilities are ideally suited for the hearing health market. Ethos' Reliant(TM) adaptive feedback cancellation (AFC) technology minimizes the annoyance of whistling sounds that can occur with hearing aids. The...

2008-05-31 15:00:31

By MERRY FIRSCHEIN, STAFF WRITER Lunchtime for elementary and middle school students means not only food but socializing outside of the classroom. Sometimes, however, noise levels in cafeterias can rise above an acceptable level, making it difficult for teachers and other school aides to keep control. Schools try to find the best way to let children be themselves and have some freedom to talk but, at the same time, keep control. Several companies make "traffic" lights specifically for...

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2008-03-05 17:00:00

Scientists have solved a 40-year-old puzzle by identifying the origin of the intense radio waves in the Earth's upper atmosphere that control the dynamics of the Van Allen radiation belts "” belts consisting of high-energy electrons that can damage satellites and spacecraft and pose a risk to astronauts performing activities outside their spacecraft. The source of these low-frequency radio waves, which are known as plasmaspheric hiss, turns out to be not lightning or instabilities from...

2006-07-05 08:20:00

LONDON -- Belgian scientists have pinpointed three genes which could explain why some people exposed to loud noise suffer hearing loss. The genes discovered by Professor Guy Van Camp and researchers at the University of Antwerp are involved in the recycling of potassium in the inner ear, which is essential for normal hearing. Dr Ralph Holme, of Britain's national charity for the deaf and hard of hearing RNID, which funded the research, described the finding as a very exciting breakthrough....


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baudekin
  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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