Study sheds new light on how the brain distinguishes speech from noise

IMAGE: This image shows histological confirmation of recording sites. Fluoro-Gold deposited at the end of separate recordings from MNTB and MSO (dotted areas) are clearly separated and localized to target nuclei, confirming… view more  Credit: Chao Zhang, Nichole L. Beebe, Brett R. Schofield, Michael Pecka and R. Michael Burger For the first time, researchers have provided physiological […]

Students Monitor Campus Noise in Seismic Silence

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, university scientists have faced challenges surrounding how to best teach online. But in one way, the COVID-19-associated lockdowns created a rare opportunity: Far fewer vibrations from human activity exposed low levels of seismic noise, allowing researchers to use inexpensive, portable equipment to enrich Earth science education and reveal hidden […]

Small finlets on owl feathers point the way to less aircraft noise

Credit: City University London A recent research study conducted by City, University of London’s Professor Christoph Bruecker and his team has revealed how micro-structured finlets on owl feathers enable silent flight and may show the way forward in reducing aircraft noise in future. Professor Bruecker is City’s Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair in Nature-Inspired […]

Small finlets on owl feathers point the way to less aircraft noise — ScienceDaily

A recent research study conducted by City, University of London’s Professor Christoph Bruecker and his team has revealed how micro-structured finlets on owl feathers enable silent flight and may show the way forward in reducing aircraft noise in future. Professor Bruecker is City’s Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair in Nature-Inspired Sensing and Flow Control […]

Underwater noise affects marine animals’ relationships. But to what extent?

The Harbor Porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) is one of six species of porpoise. Credit: Erik Christensen/Wikipedia. Human activity at sea makes a terrible racket. To what extent does this disturb marine animals? Ph.D. candidate Annebelle Kok studied the effect on harbor porpoises, long-finned pilot whales and their prey, and discovered the sheer complexity of the problem. […]

Community noise may affect dementia risk

Results from a new study published in Alzheimer’s & Dementia support emerging evidence suggesting that noise may influence individuals’ risk of developing dementia later in life. Researchers studied 5,227 participants of the Chicago Health and Aging Project who were aged 65 years or older, of whom 30% had mild cognitive impairment and 11% had Alzheimer’s […]