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Why is the brain disturbed by harsh sounds?

Why is the brain disturbed by harsh sounds?

Neuroscientists have analyzed how people react when they listen to a range of different sounds, the aim being to establish the extent to which repetitive sound frequencies are considered unpleasant. Their results showed that the conventional sound-processing circuit is activated but that the cortical and sub-cortical areas involved in the processing of salience and aversion are also solicited. This explains...

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Untapped resource, or greenhouse gas threat, found below rifting axis off Okinawa coast

Untapped resource, or greenhouse gas threat, found below rifting axis off Okinawa coast

Using an automated method to create a high-resolution map of the seismic velocity below the seafloor, researchers found a large-scale gas reservoir in an area where the Earth's upper layers are being separated. This reservoir, the first of its kind, and the potential for others like it could have implications from natural resource or environmental standpoints depending on whether the...

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Corrosion resistance of steel bars in concrete when mixed with aerobic microorganisms

Corrosion resistance of steel bars in concrete when mixed with aerobic microorganisms

Dissolved oxygen in pore solution is often a controlling factor determining the rate of the corrosion process of steel bars in concrete. This study reports on the corrosion resistance and polarization properties of steel bars in a mortar specimen mixed with aerobic microorganisms. The addition of the microorganisms in mortar mixtures led to higher corrosion resistance, which was confirmed by...

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Appreciating the classical elegance of time crystals

Appreciating the classical elegance of time crystals

Structures known as 'time crystals' -- which repeat in time as conventional crystals repeat in space -- have recently captured the interest and imagination of researchers across disciplines. The concept has emerged from the context of quantum many-body systems, but physicists have now developed a versatile framework that clarifies connections to classical works dating back nearly two centuries, thus providing...

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