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Sonic Weapon? Cuba Calls US Accusation 'Science Fiction'

Officials label US allegation 'slander'

(Newser) - Cuban military officials have a few words to describe the notion that Havana has some kind of sonic weapon it has used against American diplomats: "science fiction" and "slander." In interviews with reporters, Cuban officials say they have investigated thoroughly and cannot find the source of the... More »

Mathematician Wants to Fight Tsunamis With Sound Waves

His novel approach focuses on reducing the wave's energy

(Newser) - Tsunamis are among the deadliest forces in nature. Look no further than the one in the Indian Ocean in 2004 that killed more than 230,000 people after being triggered by a powerful earthquake, notes a post at . But what if tsunamis could be drained of their power... More »

Stonehenge Holds a 'Sonic Secret'

Some of its bluestones have acoustic properties

(Newser) - There are no shortage of theories about Stonehenge , but few are so melodious as this: A recent study carried out by the Royal College of Art in London suggests that the monument holds a "sonic secret." The researchers' theory surrounds Stonehenge's bluestones, some of which hail from... More »

Scientists Shatter Record for Longest Echo

Hidden oil storage tanks bounce gunshot around for 112 seconds

(Newser) - A network of oil storage tanks hidden in the hills of Scotland during World War II is officially the most echo-friendly man-made structure on Earth—and it's not close. The report from a blank fired into the tanks reverberated for a stunning 112 seconds, the Independent reports. The previous... More »

Sound Expert Raves About Stonehenge 'Concert' Acoustics

Early residents may have rocked out at ancient site

(Newser) - A temple, burial site, place of sacrifice ... and Neolithic concert venue? The latest research on England's endlessly fascinating Stonehenge claims the site had remarkable acoustics, ideal for amplifying trace-like rhythms, and was likely used for something like ancient religious raves. A sound expert made the discovery by analyzing the acoustics... More »

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