Auditory attention works alike in birds and people

Our ability to focus on one voice in a noisy room is an example of auditory attention. New research finds commonalities in birds.

Bert Gambini-Buffalo • futurity
Sept. 16, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: attention birds hearing science-and-technology sounds

Silent stadiums change sports for fans at home

The regular sounds of sports will be missing when they return after COVID-19 hiatuses. How will silence or artificial crowds change the game for viewers?

Jason Maderer-Carnegie Mellon • futurity
July 30, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: sports science-and-technology society-and-culture sounds noise

Anthropause: Lockdowns sent ‘wave’ of quiet around the world

"This quiet period is the longest and most prominent global anthropogenic seismic noise reduction on record."

Justin Dupuis-McGill • futurity
July 24, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 volcanoes earthquakes featured science-and-technology sounds

You can’t tell who’s sick from gross coughs or sneezes

Next time you hear someone cough or sneeze, you should probably leave the diagnosis to the doctor, according to a new study.

Jared Wadley-Michigan • futurity
June 11, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: covid-19 infections featured health-and-medicine sounds

Birders: Use ‘Chipper’ app to catalog songs for research

A new app called Chipper can help birders and citizen scientists share birdsong recordings with scientists.

Spencer Turney-Vanderbilt • futurity
June 10, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: birds research apps earth-and-environment sounds citizen-scientists

Are you ready for this summer’s cicada invasion?

After 17 years underground, cicadas will return by the millions this summer. Here, an expert breaks down their life cycle and why they emerge when they do.

Caroline Brooks-Michigan State • futurity
May 28, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: insects earth-and-environment sounds

Treefrogs fool predators with mating call choirs

Male treefrogs throw off predators teaming up with others to sing out their mating calls in quick succession, researchers say.

Abbey Nickel-Purdue • futurity
May 6, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: frogs science-and-technology sounds mating predators

Can round beads ‘kill off’ high-pitched sounds?

Materials made from tapered chains of spherical beads could help dampen high-pitched sounds, say theoretical physicists.

Charlotte Hsu-Buffalo • futurity
March 18, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: physics science-and-technology sounds

Team cracks the mystery of two-tone throat singing

Throat singing produces two tones at the same time—a low rumble and a high whistle-like tone. Now researchers know how it works.

U. Arizona • futurity
March 16, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: music science-and-technology sounds singing throats

A cappella shows why the brain splits music and speech

Researchers have used 100 recordings of a cappella singing to better understand why the brain decodes music and speech in separate hemispheres.

McGill University • futurity
Feb. 28, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: music speech brains science-and-technology sounds singing

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