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Strange Sounds Haunt a Noisy World

We live in an increasingly noisy world, and a new study says that background noise (which we don't always notice) plays a major role in our unconscious learning and psychological health. The plane roaring overhead, our neighbor's TV set, the...
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Boom!

A loud boom rang out on November 24th at midnight, near Fort Wayne, Indiana. It turns out that there have been reports of mysterious booms in that area for months, and so...
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Whales Protecting Themselves

The oceans are becoming so noisy, that whales can hardly hear each other sing. The Navy admits that loud booms from its underwater sonar listening devices result in...
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Why We Only Hear What We WANT to Hear

Sound engineers are trying to figure out how people can focus in a single speaker while tuning out other talkers in a t crowded, noisy room. This is known as the "cocktail party effect."

"Watching" the brain in action with fMRI...
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QUIET!

At our Dreamland Festival in May, one of the main things we're going to investigate are the mysterious sounds that are being heard all around the world...
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The Impact of Ancient Sounds

Why did ancient peoples, without modern construction equipment, struggle so hard to build huge monuments? These monumental structures are found all over the world, from Easter Island to the pyramids of Egypt. Recent research suggests that they all have a common characteristic: they may have been specially designed to conduct and...
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Music to Our Ears

Why do we like the kinds of music we do? It could have to do with our brains (as well as the shape of our ears). We all love the sights and sounds of...
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