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  • News

    Human laugh lines traced back to ape ancestors

    Laughter’s evolutionary story may be written on chimpanzees’ faces.

    Chimps at play make open-mouth facial expressions while either laughing out loud or staying silent, say psychologist Marina Davila-Ross of the University of Portsmouth in England and her colleagues. These results suggest for the first time that a nonhuman primate can use facial expressions to communicate without making a...

    06/10/2015 - 14:00 Anthropology, Psychology, Human Evolution
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    A new spin on guiding sound waves along a one-way route

    An array of miniature turntables could offer a powerful new way to control the flow of sound.

    The proposed device, reported in the March 20 Physical Review Letters, would channel sound waves in a protected one-way thoroughfare along its edge. The structure is an acoustic version of a hotly researched class of...

    03/27/2015 - 15:36 Materials, Physics
  • Feature

    Noise made by humans can be bad news for animals

    I keep looking over my shoulder at the dark wall of roadside trees that passing headlights make slightly less black. Muggers are less of a worry than some suburban samaritan materializing out of the winter gloom to ask if everything’s OK with a reporter down on her hands and knees in front of a parked car, caressing the pavement.

    Explanation would not be easy. This is not an obvious...

    02/09/2015 - 13:00 Ecology, Animals, Conservation
  • News

    Single photon detected but not destroyed

    Physicists have seen a single particle of light and then let it go on its way. The feat was possible thanks to a new technique that, for the first time, detects optical photons without destroying them. The technology could eventually offer perfect detection of photons, providing a boost to quantum communication and even biological imaging.

    Plenty of commercially available instruments can...

    11/14/2013 - 14:05 Physics
  • Reviews & Previews

    Behind the Shock Machine

    In 1963, Yale psychologist Stanley Milgram reported an appalling discovery: 65 percent of volunteers would deliver electrical shocks to another person at levels they believed were lethal if an experimenter asked them to. Ordinary people, it seemed, could easily be convinced to do...

    09/06/2013 - 10:51 Psychology
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    Stretchy, see-through material conducts electricity

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    A thin skin of Jell-O—like material made of salty gel and rubbery tape can work as a completely transparent loudspeaker. The new device can carry current — and it’s stretchier and more see-through than today’s best transparent electronic materials, Christoph Keplinger of Harvard University and colleagues...

    08/30/2013 - 16:57 Technology
  • News in Brief

    Dolphins name themselves with a whistle

    To call a dolphin, just whistle a squeaky shout-out.

    Bottlenose dolphins answer to high-pitched bursts of sound — but each animal responds to only one specific trill, its “signature whistle,” Stephanie King and Vincent Janik of the University of St. Andrews in Scotland report July 22 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

    The signature whistle, a distinct...

    07/22/2013 - 15:27 Animals
  • News in Brief

    Hawkmoths squeak their genitals at threatening bats

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    Sonar pings from a hungry bat closing in can inspire hawkmoths to get their genitals trilling.

    The ultrasonic “eeeee” of scraping moth sex organs may serve as a last-second acoustic defense, says behavioral ecologist Jesse Barber of Boise State University in Idaho. In theory, the right squeak could jam bats’ targeting...

    07/03/2013 - 11:14 Animals
  • News

    Sound cloaks enter the third dimension

    A simple plastic shell has cloaked a three-dimensional object from sound waves for the first time. With some improvements, a similar cloak could eventually be used to reduce noise pollution and to allow ships and submarines to evade enemy detection. The experiments appear March 20 in Physical Review Letters.


    03/29/2013 - 09:47 Matter & Energy
  • Feature

    As Erebus Lives and Breathes

    MCMURDO STATION, ANTARCTICA — Even when the December sun beats down 24 hours a day, most of Antarctica remains cold, if not brutally frigid. With one dramatic exception. Wind-blown clouds of steam rise year-round from a lava lake atop Mount Erebus, the planet’s southernmost active volcano.


    03/20/2013 - 20:14 Physics