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How birds get by without external ears

Unlike mammals, birds have no external ears. The outer ears of mammals play an important function in that they help the animal identify sounds coming from different elevations. But birds are also able to ...

Dec 11, 2014
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When noise gets electrons moving

Studying the motion of electrons in a disordered environment is no simple task. Often, understanding such effects requires a quantum simulator designed to expose them in a different physical setup.

Dec 04, 2014
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A phonetic key to prosociality and engagement

(Phys.org) —People are more likely to help someone whose name ends with the "hard e" (/ē/) sound; women, in particular, prefer /ē/ sounds; and children's behavioral patterns seem to indicate that asking "Mommy?" for help ...

Nov 19, 2014
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Tomorrow's tablets? Look, no hands

Engineers in a suburban Chicago office complex have designed a new microphone that they say will be key to the future of smartphone and tablet technology because it gives consumers the ability to operate hand-held devices ...

Oct 24, 2014
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