Tagged: sound

Crabs hear turbines and stop developing - Infrequently Asked Questions

Lynley Hargreaves Feb 25, 2016

Dr Craig Radford When New Zealand marine crab larvae are played the sound of tidal turbines, they halt their metamorphosis into an adult form. That’s one of the findings of Rutherford Discovery Fellow Dr Craig Radford’s team, in the little-known, underwater world of crab hearing. The Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland tells us about another new finding … Read More

New York subway system as a stringed instrument - Seeing Data

Chris McDowall Feb 03, 2011

A short post to draw your attention to some lovely work by Alexander Chen. Conductor: mta.me pulls subway schedule data from New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority and transforms it into dynamic musical animation. The end result is wonderful. Thanks to commenter Kate for sending me the link. [vimeo width=”680″ height=”383″]http://vimeo.com/19372180[/vimeo] Here’s Chen’s description of the … Read More

Friday morning video — Touchable Holograms - Seeing Data

Chris McDowall Oct 08, 2010

My jaw dropped when I saw this video of researchers at Tokyo University creating holographic images that “feel” like physical objects. The technology uses ultrasonic waves to create a sensation of pressure on the hands of people interacting with the hologram. When inaudible sound waves emitted by a set of ultrasonic transducers interfere, they can create a focal point … Read More

The sound planetarium - Kagaku

Motoko Kakubayashi Oct 01, 2010

Like a traditional planetarium can paint stars on the walls of a room, Japanese scientists have created a sound planetarium where one machine can create a surround sound effect no matter where you stand inside of a room. Developed by researchers at Ritsumeikan University, the team had wanted to create a device that would transmit music around a room … Read More

Earmuffs in Pre-school? - The Science of Architecture

Ken Collins Jun 01, 2010

I had promised the next blog would be my second part to the Leaky Homes blog, and it is on its way. However, this article in the Dominion Post caught the eyes of the team in our office. Do we really need to put earmuffs on our pre-schoolers when they are at Playcentre or other Pre-school facilities? While the … Read More

Stunning science imagery Pt I - misc.ience

Aimee Whitcroft Feb 03, 2010

Presents for your visual systems today… And we’ll be presenting two different people who’re merging science and visuals in new, and quite effective, ways. xkcd: Fourier I know I have a previous post somewhere (probably on my old blog) about engineering photos as well, but I thought I’d start afresh. Read More