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The world’s most powerful acoustic tractor beam could pave the way for levitating humans

January 21, 2018 Source: University of Bristol Summary: Acoustic tractor beams use the power of sound to hold particles in mid-air, and unlike magnetic levitation, they can grab most solids or liquids even small insects. For the first time engineers have shown it is possible to stably trap objects larger than the wavelength of sound […]

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Golden slumbers start with a song

‘One of the rules of sleep rituals is, whatever works for you’- Mathias Basner. HEIDI MITCHELL The Wall Street Journal Falling into a dream state can be anxiety-inducing for the around 25 per cent of people who say they have difficulty sleeping most nights. Some turn to music, hoping gentle sounds will guide them to […]

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With apartment living on the rise, how do families and their noisy children fit in?

   January 9, 2018 6.35am AEDT Children being children can be loud, which creates challenges when they live in an apartment.  Author  Sophie-May Kerr  PhD Candidate in Human Geography, University of Wollongong Disclosure statement  Sophie-May Kerr receives funding from the Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship and the University of Wollongong Global Challenges Program Scholarship. Rapid growth in […]

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Noisy Harley Davidson motorcycles upset Bondi’s hipster community

MATTHEW BENNS, Editor-at-Large, The Daily Telegraph THE ground-shaking rumble of Harley Davidson motorcycles in full flight has cafe-loving hipsters on Bondi’s trendy Campbell Parade choking on their soy latte macchiatos. Now the locals are fighting back with their complaints prompting a police clampdown on any Harley Davidson rider whose aftermarket customised exhaust pipe exceeds 94 […]

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Fish sex so loud it could deafen dolphins

Species of Mexican fish found to amass in rambunctious reproductive orgies creating sound levels comparable to a crowd cheering at a stadium By MARIËTTE LE ROUXT Illustrative image of two fish. (iStock) PARIS, France (AFP) — A species of Mexican fish amasses in reproductive orgies so loud they can deafen other sea animals, awed scientists said […]

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Israeli Scientists Navigate the Genome to Cure Deafness

Photo Credit: Pixabay.com Medical research (illustrative) Discovery of long-encoding RNAs in the auditory system may solve a piece of the deafness puzzle, Tel Aviv University researcher says A new Tel Aviv University study solves a critical piece of the puzzle of human deafness by identifying the first group of long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) in the auditory […]

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Vision and Hearing Loss Are Tied to Cognitive Decline

By JANE E. BRODY SEPT. 25, 2017 CreditPaul Rogers Now and then I hear someone (myself included) proclaim “my brain is on overload.” This is not surprising given the myriad complex tasks the brain performs, among them enabling you to learn, plan, remember, communicate, see, hear and smell. Perhaps also not surprising, a growing number of studies […]

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Ringing in ears keeps brain more at attention, less at rest, study finds

Tinnitus, a chronic ringing or buzzing in the ears, has eluded medical treatment and scientific understanding. A new study found that chronic tinnitus is associated with changes in certain networks in the brain, and furthermore, those changes cause the brain to stay more at attention and less at rest. The finding provides patients with validation […]

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How Effective are Earplugs in Protecting Your Hearing During Loud Concerts?

A 2016 study published in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery by Wilko Grolman, M.D., Ph.D., from the University Medical Center Utrecht in the Netherlands shows that earplug use is effective in preventing temporary hearing loss caused by exposure to loud music (average of 100 decibels) over several hours. In the study of 51 adults (average age […]

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Howler music venue threatened by proposed apartment block next door, say owners

Carolyn WebbThe co-owner of a top Melbourne live music venue fears an apartment block planned for next door could threaten the bar’s survival. Brendan Brogan said lower floor bedrooms of the proposed eight-storey development in Brunswick would be metres from the stage of the popular Howler bar, and noise complaints from residents could put the venue at risk. Brendan Brogan […]

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