Engineering

Ping-pong balls as sound absorbers for low-frequency noise

Long-term exposure to low-frequency noise can cause numerous health problems, but the solution may be found in an unexpected object, a ping-pong ball. Conventionally thought of as the hollow plastic balls that speed through ...

Engineering

Scientists film sound waves in a crystal

To predict how materials behave, one must first know their characteristics. Further, suppose you want to manipulate or design new materials and have them serve some technological purpose in, for example, electronic or photonic ...

Engineering

Research puts sound waves to test in making solar cells cheaper

Sound waves could play a part in making III-V solar cells more affordable for Earth-bound applications, according research led by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). ...

Engineering

This self-driving boat maps underwater terrain

Researchers at The University of Texas at El Paso have constructed a fully autonomous boat that can carry out bathymetric surveys—surveys of the depth and terrain of bodies of water like oceans, rivers and lakes. The team ...

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Sound

Sound is a travelling wave which is an oscillation of pressure transmitted through a solid, liquid, or gas, composed of frequencies within the range of hearing and of a level sufficiently strong to be heard, or the sensation stimulated in organs of hearing by such vibrations.

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