Low-frequency sound may predict tornado formation

How can you tell when a storm is going to produce a tornado even before the twister forms? Research from Oklahoma State University and University of Nebraska-Lincoln indicates prior to tornado formation, storms emit low-frequency ...

Scientists use rocket scanner to learn how whales hear

Researchers have used a scanner designed for rockets to collect the first-ever computed tomography (CT) scan of an entire minke whale. By combining the CT scan results with custom-developed computer simulation tools, the ...

Oysters close their shells in response to low-frequency sounds

Oysters rapidly close their shells in response to low-frequency sounds characteristic of marine noise pollution, according to a study published October 25, 2017 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Jean-Charles Massabuau ...

Spider-web 'labyrinths' may help reduce noise pollution

(Phys.org)—Researchers have demonstrated that the geometry of a natural spider web can be used to design new structures that address one of the biggest challenges in sound control: reducing low-frequency noise, which is ...

Korea's 'Hanoks' display acoustic excellence

A "Hanok" is a type of traditional Korean house that embraces both nature and science. And these homes are gaining global recognition as being perfect acoustical settings to highlight the melody of classic Korean musical ...

Seat back pad lets gamers feel blasts

Zach Jaffe wants to players to be so immersed in action games that they feel each blast vibrate through their very being.

New technology modifies music hall acoustics

A new technology that relies on a system of inflatable sound absorbers may help make any performance hall instantly convertible into a venue for music ranging from classical to hard rock. The technology will be described ...