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
yesterday ~8 min

Tags: earth-and-environment insects sounds

Heart and lung sensor chip is smaller than a ladybug

A tiny sensor chip smaller than a ladybug detects vibrations from sounds inside the body. It could warn of heart failure or lung problems.

Ben Brumfield-Georgia Tech • futurity
May 7, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: health-and-medicine hearts lungs sensors sound

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: science-and-technology frogs mating predators sounds

Could light and sound rid heart imaging of scary radiation?

Researchers have shown light and sound could replace radiation to image the heart. They say the method has potential for other procedures as well.

Chanapa Tantibanchachai-Johns Hopkins • futurity
April 17, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: health-and-medicine imaging-technology light radiation sound

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: science-and-technology physics sounds

Sensory ‘danger zones’ can mess with animal survival

Sensory danger zones, where light, noise, and chemical pollution overlap with animal habitats, put animals at serious risk, researchers say.

U. Michigan • futurity
March 18, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: earth-and-environment featured conservation light pollution senses sound

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: science-and-technology music singing sounds throats

‘Surfing attacks’ could let hackers read your texts

Surfing attacks use ultrasonic waves to control your phone from afar. They could let hackers make calls or read texts, all without you knowing.

Brandie Jefferson-WUSTL • futurity
Feb. 28, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: featured science-and-technology hackers mobile-devices privacy security ultrasound voice-technology

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: science-and-technology brains music singing sounds speech

Hearing aids may protect your thinking ability

Using a hearing aid could help people ward off cognitive decline or even help them improve their thinking, researchers find.

U. Melbourne • futurity
Feb. 27, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: featured health-and-medicine aging cognition dementia hearing sound

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