A new way to control information by mixing light and sound
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Comet landing named Physics World 2014 Breakthrough of the Year
The first ever landing of a man-made probe onto a comet has been named Physics World Breakthrough of the Year for 2014.
NASA resets launch of carbon-monitoring satellite
The launch of a NASA satellite designed to study atmospheric carbon dioxide has been rescheduled for early Wednesday.
Ocean sound: The Oregon Coast rules when it comes to ambient noise
For more than a year, scientists at Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center deployed a hydrophone in 50 meters of water just off the coast of Newport, Ore., so they could listen to the natural ...
NASA spacecraft records 'Earthsong'
Nobody ever said anything about singing, though. A NASA spacecraft has just beamed back a beautiful song sung by our own planet.
Rap music powers rhythmic action of medical sensor
(PhysOrg.com) -- The driving bass rhythm of rap music can be harnessed to power a new type of miniature medical sensor designed to be implanted in the body.
Bats, dolphins, and mole rats inspire advances in ultrasound technology
Sonar and ultrasound, which use sound as a navigational device and to paint accurate pictures of an environment, are the basis of countless technologies, including medical ultrasound machines and submarine ...
Multibeam sonar can map undersea gas seeps
A technology commonly used to map the bottom of the deep ocean can also detect gas seeps in the water column with remarkably high fidelity, according to scientists from the University of New Hampshire and ...
Cleaner stoves for developing countries, thanks to heat-powered fan design
Paul Montgomery, a graduate student at Pennsylvania State University, is helping design a better cook stove for people in developing countries.
Revolutionary Communications System Promises New Generation of Untethered, Undersea Vehicles
(PhysOrg.com) -- Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) engineers and scientists are employing a combination of new undersea technologies to re-define how we think of tethered, remotely operated vehicles.
Bats' echolocation recorded for human exploit
Bats' remarkable ability to 'see' in the dark uses the echoes from their own calls to decipher the shape of their dark surroundings. This process, known as echolocation, allows bats to perceive their surroundings ...
Safely anchored at sea
(PhysOrg.com) -- Different layers of the seabed reflect sound waves in a specific way. German researchers are harnessing the benefits of this fact to efficiently track down suitable offshore sites for wind ...
Sound could save circuits: Researchers theorize acoustic waves may cool microelectronics
(PhysOrg.com) -- "Hot sounds" has one meaning to music fans and another to physicists. Count a team of researchers at Rice University among the latter, as they've discovered that acoustic waves traveling along ...
Lasers generate underwater sound
Scientists at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) are developing a new technology for use in underwater acoustics. The new technology uses flashes of laser light to remotely create underwater sound. The new ...