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How Does It Sound?

When shopping for a computer or a new appliance, what makes you choose one brand over the other? There are lots of things to consider: How it works, any special features it may have, cost, repair reputation--even color and design. But here's one feature you probably never thought about: How it SOUNDS.
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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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When a Hum Becomes an International Incident

A hum coming from somewhere in Detroit is driving people across the border in Canada crazy, to the extent that it's become a become an international diplomatic incident: Canada dispatched an aide to their foreign minister to the area to try to find its source and put a stop to it.

In the April 30th edition of the Wall Street Journal...
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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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Mysterious Booms in US

On, Linda Howe reports that on Thursday, February 23, a low rumbling sound was heard in Arlington, Washington, from the morning through the night, growing in intensity at 7 p.m. It was so loud that several of the people who heard it say it vibrated the bones in their chests. Arlington is about 35 miles southeast of a Naval Air...
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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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Strange Sounds being Heard Worldwide

Beginning in 2011, eerie aerial sounds began to be heard worldwide. They consisted of roars, thuds, and a sound like a great trumpet echoing across the sky. As this became a well known popular phenomenon in 2012, a flood of hoax videos appeared on the internet, most of them using previously recorded sounds dubbed onto new video clips in order to...
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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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