Vanderbilt University

Why surprises temporarily blind us

Reading this story requires you to willfully pay attention to the sentences and to tune out nearby conversations, the radio and other distractions. But if a fire alarm sounded, your attention would be involuntarily ...

Mar 11, 2010
4.3 / 5 (15) 3 | with audio podcast

Tracking gunfire with a smartphone

(Phys.org) —You are walking down the street with a friend. A shot is fired. The two of you duck behind the nearest cover and you pull out your smartphone. A map of the neighborhood pops up on its screen ...

Apr 25, 2013
3 / 5 (4) 0 | with audio podcast

Are the world's religions ready for ET?

In 1930, Albert Einstein was asked for his opinion about the possibility of life elsewhere in the universe. "Other beings, perhaps, but not men," he answered. Then he was asked whether science and religion ...

Sep 30, 2014
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Using sound waves for bomb detection

(Phys.org) —A remote acoustic detection system designed to identify homemade bombs can determine the difference between those that contain low-yield and high-yield explosives.

Oct 23, 2013
3.7 / 5 (3) 0 | with audio podcast