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Passengers travelling on luxury cruise liners usually expect to be looked after by their ship's crew. Yet pirates who tried to hijack a liner off the coast of Somalia met something a little more sophisticated than a warning shot across the bow...
 pirate sound weapon
Scientists have released the first results from the Huygens probe's journey to Saturn's moon Titan, along with amazing new images. They also played sounds recorded as Huygens dived towards the surface. Measurements suggest the area it landed on has the consistency of "creme brulee" and may have once been flooded...

2005-01-15

 landing Moon photography Titan Saturn Huygens sound
The world's first purpose-built hydrogen-powered bike could be fitted with an artificial "vroom" because of worries its silence might be dangerous...

2005-03-16

 travel energy motorcycle hydrogen sound transport silence stealth
A high-pitched device used to disperse teenagers is being challenged by campaigners, who say it is not a fair way to treat young people. ... Their sound causes discomfort to young ears - but their frequency is above the normal hearing range of people over 25. ... What type of society uses a low-level sonic weapon on its children?

2008-02-12

 fascism physics sound UK ear weapon
Whales emitting a low-pitched noise which caused the fish to bunch up. The mammals then stun the fish with their tails before eating them.

2010-02-04

 shoal fish whale sound hunting
A micro-ear could soon help scientists eavesdrop on tiny events just like microscopes make them visible.

2010-02-26

 hearing ear biology sound eavesdropping microorganism cell
Scientists believe they are a step closer to discovering why some species of bird mimic the sounds made by other birds, animals and even humans.

2010-04-06

 mimicry bird song sound voice speech animal copying
For relief, sufferers need only wait for a call on their mobile phone. The sound is supposed to dislodge pollen if the user holds the handset up to their nose.

2010-03-28

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Becoming a musician messes with your brain. But in a good way. The cognitive benefits that a musical training can produce are so diverse and impressive – improved visual, spatial, verbal, mathematical and motor skills, for instance – that you could be forgiven for thinking this is why all children should have one. But think twice before you make this the reason to enrol little Phoebe for violin lessons. If we start valuing music only for...

2010-06-04

 brain music training map visualization sound note
Scientists have simulated the sounds set to be made by sub-atomic particles such as the Higgs boson when they are produced at the Large Hadron Collider.

2010-06-22

 God particle physics sound music LHC sonification
Researchers have revealed more detail about the evolutionary "arms race" between bats and moths. One study in the journal Current Biology has shown how a species of bat uses a quiet "stealth mode" of the clicks it uses to locate its prey. Another from a Royal Society journal showed that a moth can distinguish between clicks that mean it has been spotted, and clicks that mean a strike. This allows the moths to choose...

2010-08-19

 moth bat echolocation evolution sound navigation defense

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