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How we hear distance: Echoes are essential for humans to perceive how far away a sound is (Sounding the Future)
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Mammals are good at figuring out which direction a sound is coming from, whether it's a rabbit with a predator breathing down its neck or a baby crying for its mother. But how we judge how far away that sound is was a mystery until now. Researchers from UConn Health report in the 1 April issue of the Journal of Neuroscience that echoes and fluctuations in volume (amplitude modulation) are the cues we use to figure the distance between us and the source of a noise.
posted: 01/04/2015
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Invention Will Strike a Chord With Musicians (Sounding the Future)
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Digital software and hardware being developed in conjunction with the University of Adelaide is set to revolutionise the music industry around the world.
posted: 25/08/2012
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Computer Program Recognizes Any Language (Sounding the Future)
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New technology that allows computers to recognise any language without pre-learning stands to revolutionise automatic speech recognition.
posted: 22/08/2012
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Early Talking Doll Recording – Played through 3D Mapping (Sounding the Future)
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On May 11, 2011, scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California recovered sound from an artifact that historians believe is the earliest surviving talking doll record. The artifact is a ring-shaped cylinder phonograph record made of solid metal, preserved by the National Park Service at Thomas Edison National Historical Park. Phonograph inventor Thomas Edison made the record during the fall or winter of 1888 in West Orange, New Jersey.
posted: 05/08/2011
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Foxconn to replace workers with 1 million robots in 3 years (Sounding the Future)
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Taiwanese technology giant Foxconn will replace some of its workers with 1 million robots in three years to cut rising labor expenses and improve efficiency, said Terry Gou, founder and chairman of the company, late Friday.
posted: 04/08/2011
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Singaporean scientists conduct world's first remote X-ray scattering experiment (Sounding the Future)
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On 26th May, Nanyang Technological University's School of Biological Science (SBS) will pioneer the world's first remotely controlled Solution X-Ray Scattering (SAXS) experiment. The experiment will be initiated from Singapore at 4.10pm - 6pm in SBS and conducted at the German Electron Synchrotron, Hamburg, Germany.
posted: 27/05/2009
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Ray Kurzweil: A singular view of the future (Sounding the Future)
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"The power of ideas to change the world is accelerating and few people grasp the implications of that fully," says futurist Ray Kurzweil.
posted: 07/05/2009
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U.S. Steps Up Effort on Digital Defenses (Sounding the Future)
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The Pentagon has commissioned military contractors to develop a highly classified replica of the Internet of the future. The goal is to simulate what it would take for adversaries to shut down the country's power stations, telecommunications and aviation systems, or freeze the financial markets -- in an effort to build better defenses against such attacks, as well as a new generation of online weapons.
posted: 29/04/2009
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Call For Papers: Personal And Ubiquitous Computing Journal Specisl Issue: Location Aware Games (Sounding the Future)
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Location awareness is a feature of an increasing part of digital games, which introduce them to everyday life. Such games often come under various names including but not limited to: mobile, pervasive, ubiquitous or augmented reality. However what makes all of them location aware is that the player physically navigates within a game world which blends the real world and virtual elements. This combination significantly changes what players, designers and developers have until now understood about digital games. Furthermore as GPS-enabled phones have become more widely available the number of start-ups developing games within this area has also increased. This has all given rise to the need for researchers to not only focus on prototypes and demonstrate the technology but also to aim for a comprehensive understanding of player experiences in location aware games.
posted: 09/11/2008
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Gundam cartoon academy to turn science fiction into reality in Japan (Sounding the Future)
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In an attempt to inject ?the most inventive possible thinking? into Japan, representatives of many of its most august universities are to become a ?virtual faculty? of the Gundam Academy ? the first academic institution based on a cartoon.
posted: 02/11/2008
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