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How Baby Bats Learn to Speak in Dialects

Scientists have found the first evidence of young animals learning to communicate from a crowd.<p>The Egyptian fruit bat has at least a thousand vocalizations, all of which mean basically the same thing: “Move!”<p>If you're going to live in a colony of up to 50,000 individuals, bickering and jostling for …

Dialects

Nanomagnets levitate thanks to quantum physics

Quantum physicists in Oriol Romero-Isart's research group in Innsbruck show in two current publications that, despite Earnshaw's theorem, nanomagnets …

Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know About Sex in Space

People have been boning on Earth since the dawn of time, literally everywhere they can. Folks bone on beaches, in airplanes, and even volcanoes—you …

Space Exploration

Developers of the MP3 Have Officially Killed It

MP3, the digital audio coding format, changed the way we listen to music and drove the adoption of countless new devices over the last couple of …

New insight into proving math's million-dollar problem: the Riemann hypothesis (Update)

(Phys.org)—Researchers have discovered that the solutions to a famous mathematical function called the Riemann zeta function correspond to the …

Pitch range produced by vocal cords

Picture a singer, accompanied by a grand piano. As the singer's voice dances through multiple octaves of range, the pianist's fingers trip from one …

The Sounds of Science

When it comes to making new discoveries, some scientists are all ears. Whether from a star’s sighs or a forest’s murmurings, the sound waves these …

This Nightmarish Tangle of Tech Is the World's Newest Fusion Reactor

The Wendelstein 7-X wildly expensive, horrifically complex, and meticulously engineered.<p>Imagine being able to harness the same power as the sun, but in tiny contained power plants here on Earth. Practical nuclear fusion still has a long way to go; we've only recently been able to great brief, …

Physics

Scientists Have Built a One-Way Tunnel for Sound

It can go in both ways, but it only comes out one.<p>Researchers at Nanjing University in China have created a one-way sound tunnel using special linings. The tunnel, which is four inches wide, takes in sound from both sides, but only lets it escape from one.<p>It's all thanks to special 3D-printed …

Engineering

The End Is A.I.: The Singularity Is Sci-Fi's Faith-Based Initiative

<i>The second in a series of posts about the major myths of robotics, and the role of science fiction role in creating and spreading them. Previous and former topics, respectively: Robots are strong, the myth of robotic hyper-competence, and robots are evil, the myth of killer machines.</i><p>In 1993, Vernor …

Singularity