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The bright lights of big cities help blackbirds thrive
Cut out for city life?Arterra/UIG via GettyBy Julianna PhotopoulosLight pollution is a problem for many animals, but at least one bird seems to welcome it. European blackbirds choose to nest near street...
Libratone Q-Adapt In-Ears
The introduction of the iPhone 7 signaled the slow death of the 3.5mm headphone jack and headphone makers have capitalized on creating wireless and Lightning connected options. The $179 (£139, €149, about...
Former astronaut files 1,000s of noise complaints against Reagan National
Enlarge / Roberto Vittori, attired in a training version of his shuttle launch and entry suit, in 2010.NASA reader comments 45 Share this story Roberto Vittori is no stranger to noise or excessive vibrations....
Quasi noise-free digital holography
Noise originating from the coherent nature of laser light is the scourge of digital holography, always causing holographic images to be of lower quality than conventional photographs. Now scientists have...
How loud is too loud when listening to music?
NEW YORK -- Noise is everywhere, but for many young people these days, it’s all in their heads. And with many children receiving headphones as a holiday gift, parents may want to take notice.Pediatric...
Mysterious ‘alien call’ below Earth’s surface
A mysterious ‘alien call’ coming from 36,000ft below the Earth’s surface was recorded. THIS chilling sound had scientists spooked after it was heard coming from the deepest part of the ocean. Researchers...
Owl-inspired wing design reduces wind turbine noise by 10 decibels
Many species of owl are able to hunt in effective silence by suppressing their noise at sound frequencies above 1.6 kilohertz (kHz) - over the range that can be heard by humans. A team of researchers studying...
Feds to require hybrid, electric cars to make noise
WASHINGTON — New hybrid and electric cars will be required to make noise at low speeds so that pedestrians, especially those who are blind or have poor eyesight, will hear them coming, under a rule released...
New rule could make electric and hybrid cars safer
WASHINGTON — New hybrid and electric cars are required to make noise when traveling at low speeds so that pedestrians, especially those who are blind or have poor eyesight, will hear them coming, under...
iPhone 7 hissing: Probably nothing to worry about
EnlargeSpencer Platt/Getty Images reader comments 14 Share this story There's a new iPhone and, predictable as sunrise, there's a reported problem that may or may not gain a -gate suffix. This time: some...
Review: Updated: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Introduction and key featuresCanon's 5D series of cameras has a rich heritage – the original EOS 5D bought full-frame photography to the masses, the Mark II unleashed Full HD video capture for the first...
New air-gap jumper covertly transmits data in hard-drive sounds
Cyber Security Labs @ Ben Gurion University reader comments 7 Share this story Researchers have devised a new way to siphon data out of an infected computer even when it has been physically disconnected...
Whales dive slower and feed less in response to shipping noise
Can’t stand the noiseChris Radburn/PA WireBy New Scientist staff and Press AssociationIncreased shipping noise is disrupting the foraging behaviour of humpback whales in the North Atlantic, and this could...
Amazon Patents Headphones That Auto-Mute
The application describes an audio headset that cuts out when specific sounds or phrases are heard.For example if your name is Matt you could programme it so that it mutes itself when the words "Hey Matt"...
How much havoc is caused by unwanted radio signals? FCC tries to find out
Getty Images | Vitalii TkachukThe Federal Communications Commission is trying to figure out exactly how much trouble is being caused by radio noise. Many devices emit radio frequency energy that could...
Review: Updated: Pentax K-1
Introduction and featuresPentax is one of the big traditional photographic brands to make the transition from film into digital camera manufacturing, and it always seemed likely that it might one day make...
Bose has finally freed its noise-canceling headphones from wires
For a company that so often points to its technology as one of its main strengths, it's a little surprising that Bose has offered both wireless and noise canceling headphones for quiet some time, but...
Hands-on review: Bose QuietControl 30
When you think of noise cancelling headphones, your mind probably probably goes to over-ear headphones such as Bose's flagship QuietComfort 25's. You might be surprised to know that the company also brought...
Hands-on review: Bose QuietComfort 35
Bose's QuietComfort 25 noise-cancelling headphones are perhaps the most popular noise-cancelling headphones available on the market today. In fact, it's hard to take a plane ride without seeing at least...
buying guide: The best headphones 2016: which set should you buy?
Best headphones: which set should you buy?Update: The best headphones are always in flux. Check out the current line-up below to find our picks for the best of the best in 2016.To get the most out of your...
High performance golf club comes with annoying sound
In 2007, a new golf club hit the market. The distribution of mass in the club head made it less likely to twist, making an off-center hit less likely, but it had a drawback: a loud noise when it struck...
Highway noise deters communication between birds
Northern cardinals and tufted titmice are two abundant bird species in the woods of eastern North America. Many bird and mammal species rely on information from tufted titmice calls to detect and respond...
Naztech i9 BT
When you pair the categories of wireless headphones and noise-canceling headphones, you rarely get a winner. Sure, there are some options that deliver excellent Bluetooth audio and merely so-so noise cancellation,...
Turbulence physics explains why jet noise is so loud
If you've ever experienced the exceptionally powerful and reverberating sounds of a jet during takeoff, you likely won't be surprised that the noise produced by jet engines is ranked among the loudest...
Sleepless? Use your Amazon Echo as a white noise machine
Sarah Tew Do you have a hard time falling asleep at night? Perhaps you might want to try adding some white noise and nature sounds to your bedtime regimen. White noise, which is characterized by sounds...
Review: Sony Alpha A68
Introduction and featuresSony hasn't produced a DSLR for almost six years now, and much of its focus has since shifted to its popular compact system cameras. It has, however, maintained its DSLR-like Single...
Critically ill patients disturbed every six minutes at night in noisy hospital wards
"Yet our research found that during the day, noise levels in an intensive care units are equivalent to those of a busy restaurant. "While things are quieter at night, we still found that sounds louder...
Review: MacPhun Creative Kit 2016
MacPhun Creative Kit 2016 backgroundMacPhun is a relative newcomer to the Mac image-editing scene, but it's not wasting any time making a name for itself. It started out by selling its image-manipulation...
Noise Trace smartband launched in India at Rs 1,599
Comments By: Tech Desk | New Delhi | Updated: February 16, 2016 3:32 pm Noise has announced the launch of its Trace smartband at Rs 1,599. Noise has announced the launch of its Trace smartband at Rs 1,599....
Premature babies set back by 'dungeon' incubators
To test the theory he asked the mothers of 40 premature babies to record the sound of their own heartbeats and voices and played it in the incubator for three hours a day at a low frequency which resembled...
Review: What It’s Like to Have Super Hearing Abilities
I never thought much about what it would be like to change the way the world around me sounds; if I don’t like the sound of a street musician or the din of a busy shopping mall, I either put up with it...
Elysia fronts limited 500 series modules with recycled albums
German pro audio gear maker Elysia is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a limited run of its 500 series hardware modules. The front panel of each karacter, nvelope, xfilter and xpressor module is...
Motorboat noise gives predators a deadly advantage
Biologists found that noise from passing motorboats increases stress levels in young coral reef fish and reduces their ability to flee from predators. As a consequence they are captured more easily and...
Review: Leica SL (Typ 601)
Introduction and featuresLeica has a reputation for building high quality cameras and lenses, and strictly speaking it was the first company to introduce mirrorless digital system cameras, because all...
Here Active Listening review: Can a pair of earbuds transform your world?
If you could buy a pair of augmented reality glasses that made the world around you appear to get bigger or smaller, change colors, have glowing psychedelic trails, or become transparent ... well, that...
Ship noise stops Orca whales from talking to each other
Because the noise occurs at the low frequencies used by baleen whales there is growing evidence it may impact their ability to communicate, and therefore their survival. But the team behind the new research...
AKG N60 NC
Bose may have a stranglehold on the noise-canceling headphone realm, but that status has always been based primarily on its noise-cancellation circuitry, and not necessarily the audio performance of its headphone...
Ship noise extends to frequencies used by endangered killer whales
When an endangered orca is in hot pursuit of an endangered salmon, sending out clicks and listening for their echoes in the murky ocean near Seattle, does the noise from the nearby shipping lane interfere...
QNX’s in-car communications may solve the turn-and-yell to backseat kids issue
Video shot/edited by Jennifer Hahn.LAS VEGAS—Several years ago, Blackberry bought QNX, a company known for its real-time automotive operating systems. The idea was to leverage that for Blackberry's smartphones,...
Guardrails with inbuilt noise barriers are on the way
Standard guardrails in Norway are often installed where the ground falls away from the roadside. Houses that are to be screened from noise in such locations usually lie somewhat lower than the source...
Parrot Zik 3.0 Release Date, Price and Specs - CNET
Enlarge ImageThe Zik 3 comes in a variety of colors and textured finishes. David Carnoy/CNET French company Parrot is getting more attention for its drones at CES but it's quietly showing its new $400...
Bats adapt their echolocation calls to noise
Bats find their way acoustically when they are flying by using echolocation calls, often also employing them when hunting for food. A team of scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in...
Vessel speed biggest factor in noise affecting killer whales
The speed of vessels operating near endangered killer whales in Washington is the most influential factor -- more so than vessel size -- in how much noise from the boats reaches the whales, according to...
Bringing the chaos in light sources under control
Noise is an issue in optical telecommunications. And findings means of controlling noise is key to physicists investigating light-emitting diodes or lasers. Now, an Italo-Iraqi team has worked on a particular...
Phiaton BT 330 NC
It's hard enough to find headphones with decent noise cancellation for under $200, but if you also want wireless, things can get dicey. Phiaton's latest effort in the noise-canceling realm is the BT 330...
Meet The LucidCam, The Future Of Consumer VR
Trying to wade through the noise and hype that surrounds VR can be overwhelming, but there are clear real-world uses that make the future of the technology exciting. Lucid flew through that noise...
Canon's family-friendly T6i should get the job done
While the latest entry in Canon's midrange consumer dSLR lineup doesn't inspire much excitement, that's not really the point of the EOS Rebel T6i (aka the 750D everywhere but the US). It remains a reliable...
Sena's intelligent motorcycle helmet keeps a lid on unwanted noise
Riding a motorcycle at highway speeds inevitably entails pressurized air forcing its way through the helmet’s ventilation channels. This generates a constant buzzing that can be at least irritating, if...
Shhh... to make ocean conservation work we should keep the noise down
Quiet areas should be sectioned off in the oceans to give us a better picture of the impact human generated noise is having on marine animals, according to a new study published in Marine Pollution Bulletin....
Why better technology won’t stop violent videos going viral
Will technology help to combat violent videos on Facebook?Reuters/Dado RuvicBy Chelsea WhyteOn Easter Sunday, a man chose 74-year old Robert Godwin Sr at random on a street in Cleveland, Ohio, shot him,...
Facebook and Apple have spent more on lobbying than they ever have this year
As Facebook has been tinkering with brain-computer interfaces and an augmented reality camera platform, it's also been cultivating some good old fashioned Washington influence. According to federal lobbying...
Facebook is looking to hire a head of news products to combat fake news
Facebook is looking to hire someone to head up its news products, a significant new role charged with helping to combat the proliferation of so-called fake news on its service. Facebook is talking to...
Facebook's moonshots: Making brains type and skin hear
It looks like just another beige office park building next to a dental office in Menlo Park, California. Yet Building 8, across the street from Facebook’s main campus, houses the social network’s biggest...
I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its component fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers. That is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark