Topic: Acoustics & Sound

June 8, 2018 Bats & Pitcher Plants - The echo of a pitcher plant helps bats find safety and helps the plant get food.
May 10, 2018 Babies Listen to Babies - Babies prefer the sound of other babies to their own parents’ vocalizations.
May 8, 2018 Preventing Hearing Loss - Researchers are working to limit the hearing damage caused by loud noise.
May 7, 2018 Whale Hearing - Some whales hear with their entire skulls.
April 24, 2018 Hummingbird Tail Feathers - A male hummingbird makes sounds with his tail feathers to attract females.
April 17, 2018 Language Genetics - Genes may influence the ability to tell certain consonants apart and may play a role in the evolution of languages.
April 9, 2018 Bowhead Whale Songs - The songs of Arctic bowhead whales are constantly changing.
March 26, 2018 Listening to Seizures - Scientists have developed a method for listening in on the brain to detect “silent” seizures.
February 9, 2018 Universal Music - Some basic features of songs may be nearly universal.
January 23, 2018 Robot Drum Arm - A robotic third arm helps drummers execute previously impossible percussion patterns.
January 15, 2018 Bacterial Sonar - Using ultrasound to see deep within with the mammalian gut with genetically engineered bacteria.
January 12, 2018 Ringing Ear Relief - A new therapy could provide relief for people with severe tinnitus, or ringing in the ears.
January 2, 2018 Robotic Dancing Birds - Robotic birds help reveal which aspects of a pair’s coordinated song and dance are most important to an avian audience.
December 18, 2017 Right Ear Advantage - The right ear listens and comprehends slightly better than the left.
December 13, 2017 Dolphin Click Algorithms - Machine learning algorithms like those used by social media companies can classify dolphin echolocation clicks.
December 6, 2017 Space Music - Turning the Voyager spacecraft particle detector into a musical instrument.
November 10, 2017 Car Noise App - Mobile phones may soon be able to listen for car trouble.
November 6, 2017 Bat Vocal Learning - Fruit bats learn their calls from the crowd of bats around them.
October 13, 2017 Baby Talk - Moms the world over use the same vocal timbre when speaking to babies.
October 2, 2017 Pumpkin Toadlet Hearing - Tiny orange frogs called pumpkin toadlets can’t hear their own calls.
September 11, 2017 Bats vs. Buildings - Scientists discover why bats fly into tall buildings.
September 4, 2017 Human Echolocation Sounds - How do some blind people use echolocation to get around?
August 28, 2017 Humans & Honeyguides - African honeyhunters use a special call to get birds to lead them to the location of hives full of nutritious honey.
August 25, 2017 Bleating Animals - Animals use bleats to communicate more effectively.
August 1, 2017 Elephant Seal Calls - Elephant seals recognize each other by rhythm and pitch of their calls.
July 6, 2017 Running Injury Acoustics - Scientists are measuring the acoustic properties of the shockwaves produced as our feet strike the ground as we run, helping to explain why so many runners get injured.
July 3, 2017 Drumming Cockatoos - Researchers discover that cockatoos use sticks and seed pods to drum out rhythms on tree limbs.
June 19, 2017 Noisy Fish - The loud noises made by spawning croakers could help fisheries manage their sensitive populations in Mexican waters.
May 30, 2017 Audio Sheets - Thin, flexible transducers could lead to newspapers that can hear and talk.
May 11, 2017 Human Noise in the Wilderness - Human-produced noise is adding significantly to the ambience in national parks.
March 21, 2017 Contagious Parrot Laughter - Rare New Zealand parrots start playing spontaneously when they hear certain calls.
February 15, 2017 Endangered Crow Calls - What happens to the calls of an endangered bird species when its only remaining members live in captivity?
February 13, 2017 Road Birds - Playing birdsongs near roads can entice birds to repopulate abandoned habitat.
February 8, 2017 Birdsong Warm-Ups - Songbirds, like people, may need to warm up their voices before they sing.
December 19, 2016 Coconut Rhinoceros Beetles - In a race against time, scientists attempt to stop an insect invader by using its own sounds.
November 23, 2016 Deafness & Brain Structure - The brain architecture for processing sound is the same in deaf people as in hearing people.
November 21, 2016 Musician’s Dystonia - Neuroscientists are looking for the roots of musician’s dystonia, a condition similar to writer’s cramp.
October 5, 2016 Dolphin Name Game - Each bottlenose dolphin makes up its own signature whistle early in life which functions much like a name.
September 28, 2016 Emotional Music - Music and speech use the same tonal qualities to evoke happy and sad emotions.
September 23, 2016 Bowhead Whale Songs - Bowhead whales in the Arctic Ocean sing a large variety songs to communicate with other whales.
September 22, 2016 Brain Voices - Scientists are beginning to reconstruct the words people hear based on electrical activity in their brains.
September 16, 2016 Hunting Bats - Noise caused by humans is invading natural ecosystems, but some animals have multiple sensory systems to deal with it.
August 22, 2016 Finch Warming Warnings - An Australian bird’s special call warns its unhatched chicks of a hot climate.
July 25, 2016 Humans & Honeyguides - African honeyhunters use a special call to get birds to lead them to the location of hives full of nutritious honey.
July 11, 2016 Sleeping Penguins - Just because they’re sleeping doesn’t mean penguins let down their guard.
June 22, 2016 Hospital Noise - Hospitals are noisy environments, but it doesn’t have to be that way.
May 26, 2016 Voice & Gender Perception - Subtle vocal cues lead us to perceive voices as feminine or masculine.
May 25, 2016 Vocal Fry - Why some popular singers express themselves with a bit of grit.
May 17, 2016 Mother’s Voice - Brain scans reveal the power of a mother’s voice on her child.
May 9, 2016 Vampire Bat Calls - Vocal communication between vampire bats who know each other helps them survive when they don’t get enough to eat.