Acoustics News
May 22, 2019

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Our brains have a remarkable knack for picking out individual voices in a noisy environment, like a crowded coffee shop or a ... read more
Imagine being able to hear people whispering in the next room, while the raucous party in your own room is inaudible to the whisperers. Researchers have found a way to do ... read more
Since the historic finding of gravitational waves from two black holes colliding over a billion light years away was made in 2015, physicists are advancing knowledge about ... read more

New 'Acoustic Metamaterial' Cancels Sound

Researchers have demonstrated it's possible to silence noise using an open, ringlike structure, created to mathematically perfect specifications, for cutting out sounds while maintaining ... read more
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In analogy to the amplification of light in a laser, vibrations of a semiconductor crystal, so called phonons, were enhanced by interaction with an electron current. Excitation of a ... read more

3D Virtual Slicing of an Antique Violin Reveals Ancient Varnishing Methods

Italian violin-making masters of the distant past developed varnishing techniques that lent their instruments both an excellent musical tone and impressive appearance. Scientists have now developed a ... read more

Mechanism Helps Explain the Ear's Exquisite Sensitivity

Researchers have decoded the way structures in the inner ear give our hearing its remarkable sensitivity and ... read more

Metamaterial With Inherently Robust Sound Transport

Researchers have developed a metamaterial that can transport sound in unusually robust ways along its edges and localize it at its ... read more

Strong Interactions Produce a Dance Between Light and Sound

Light and high-frequency acoustic sound waves in a tiny glass structure can strongly couple to one another and perform a dance in ... read more

Network Orchestration: Researcher Uses Music to Manage Networks

A researcher uses sound as a simpler alternative to manage complicated network ... read more

3D-Printed Robot Hand Plays the Piano

Scientists have developed a 3D-printed robotic hand which can play simple musical phrases on the piano by just moving its wrist. And while the robot is no virtuoso, it demonstrates just how ... read more

Sound Waves Levitate Multiple Objects

In the perhaps not so distant future, surgeons could perform a range of medical procedures all without touching the patient, thanks to advancements in 'acoustic ... read more

Musical Training Improves Visual Timing

Drummers and brass players are better able to judge the timing of visual stimuli than members of the color guard, according to a naturalistic study of the world-class drum corps Bluecoats. This ... read more

How Beatboxers Produce Sound: Using Real-Time MRI to Understand

Beatboxing is a musical art form in which performers use their vocal tract to create percussive sounds, and a team of researchers is using real-time MRI to study the production of beatboxing ... read more

Deconstructing Crowd Noise at College Basketball Games

With thousands of fans, college basketball games can be almost deafening. Some arenas have decibel meters, which can provide some indication of the noise generated. Researchers wanted to see whether ... read more

Clapping Music App Reveals That Changing Rhythm Isn't So Easy

Scientists have developed an app to understand why some rhythms are more difficult to perform than ... read more

New Imaging Tool Captures How Sound Moves Through the Chinchilla Ear

Researchers have developed a new device that can be used to visualize how sound-induced vibrations travel through the ... read more

Lift Off for World-First Ultrasound Levitation That Bends Around Barriers

Researchers have become the first in the world to develop technology which can bend sound waves around an obstacle and levitate an object above ... read more

Big Discoveries About Tiny Particles

Understanding the mechanical properties of nanoparticles are essential to realizing their promise in being used to create exciting new products. This new research has taken a significant step toward ... read more

Transparent Loudspeakers and MICs That Let Your Skin Play Music

An international team of researchers has presented an innovative wearable technology that will turn your skin into a ... read more

Method to Cancel Noise Without Ear-Blocking Headphones

Disruptive noise is almost everywhere, from people talking in the office corridor to road construction down the street to the neighbor's lawn mower. Researchers are looking to improve this noisy ... read more

A System to Synthesize Realistic Sounds for Computer Animation

Sounds accompanying computer-animated content are usually created with recordings. Now, a new system synthesizes synchronized sound at the push of a ... read more

Creating a (Synthetic) Song from a Zebra Finch's Muscle

Birds create songs by moving muscles in their vocal organs to vibrate air passing through their tissues, and new research shows that these muscles act in concert to create sound. Scientists describe ... read more

Vibrations at an Exceptional Point

A team of researchers has developed a way to use a light field to trigger a mechanical movement that will generate an acoustic ... read more

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