acoustics

10.17.18

These Butterflies Can Hear With Their Wings

For a century, nobody knew why Satyrini butterflies had inflated veins on their forewings. Turns out the structures are hearing aids.

5.10.18

Scientists Made a Working Invisibility Cloak (But There's a Catch)

Researchers from Pennsylvania State University have created a device that uses “acoustic cloaking” technology.

1.12.17

A New Pipeline In Canada Could Cause Marine Species to Be Flooded With Noise

BC just gave the Kinder Morgan pipeline the go-ahead. Shipping traffic will increase, and with it, marine noise.

8.15.16

Scientists Built a ‘Mini Black Hole’ Out of Sound Waves

A tabletop black hole emits what looks like Hawking radiation.

6.10.16

'Hamilton' Is Revolutionizing the Art and Science of Broadway Sound Design

The sound designer for the celebrated Broadway musical sits down with Motherboard for a wide-ranging interview.

1.7.16

A Newly Discovered Form of Sound Wave Could Change Drug Delivery

Surface reflected bulk waves offer a way of delivering fragile medicines to difficult-to-access lung tissues.

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12.18.15

The Strange Acoustic Phenomenon Behind These Wacked-Out Versions of Pop Songs

Why the brain perceives the "auditory illusions" created when converting an mp3 to a MIDI and back.

9.12.15

Physicists Achieve Perfect Acoustic Absorption

A landmark in engineering 'deafness.'

7.5.15

The Wall of Sound

The untold story of the Grateful Dead's short-lived mega PA, arguably the largest, most technologically innovative sound system ever built.

6.18.15

Watch Bell Labs Engineer Hal Alles Demo an Early Digital Synthesizer in 1977

Unfortunately, the synthesizer was too expensive to be commercially viable, and was dismantled after just four years.

5.8.15

A New Breakthrough Could Help the Elderly Echolocate Like Bats

You too can see using echolocation, but you'll need two young, healthy ears.

5.5.15

This Is What Thunder Looks Like

Scientists launched rockets into a storm to visualise thunder.

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