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

When did animals first begin to bark, chirp, and moo?

When and why did animals evolve the ability to shout, bark, or bellow? Researchers looked at hundreds of millions of years of evolution to find out.

Daniel Stolte-Arizona • futurity
Jan. 27, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: evolution communication science-and-technology sounds

A new kind of hearing test looks at the eyes

Research with barn owls sparked the idea for a new type of hearing test: one that focuses on eye dilation.

Jim Barlow-Oregon • futurity
Jan. 9, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: hearing eyes health-and-medicine medical-tests sounds

System uses video from 3 phones to find shooters

A new system can locate shooters through video and audio from 3 smartphones, which could help protect human rights workers and journalists.

Byron Spice-Carnegie Mellon • futurity
Nov. 20, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: machine-learning video mobile-devices science-and-technology violence sounds guns weapons

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