Headphone designers have to balance scientific limitations with human preferences.
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There is a lot to consider when buying a new pair of headphones. A professional musician and acoustics researcher explains how the science of sound and quirks of human hearing make for a great listening experience.
Alok Sharma, COP26 president at the climate summit in Glasgow.
Experts from around the world react to the COP26 Glasgow climate summit. Listen to The Conversation Weekly podcast.
Internally displaced people in Tigray in April 2021.
Plus, why reusable food containers aren’t always better for the environment than disposable ones. Listen to The Conversation Weekly.
We talk to three experts who argue we governments need to find alternatives for their dependence on economic growth. Listen to episode 39 of The Conversation Weekly.
Listen to the fourth episode of a new series from The Anthill Podcast ahead of the COP26 climate change summit in Glasgow.
Taiwan’s president Tsai Ing-wen speaks on Taiwan’s national day in early October.
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Plus, an extract from the Don’t Call Me Resilient podcast on the damage done when North Americans pretend to have Indigenous identity. Listen to episode 38 of The Conversation Weekly.
Listen to the third episode of a new series from The Anthill Podcast ahead of the COP26 climate change summit in Glasgow.
Our sense of touch is actually lots of different senses rolled into one.
Listen to The Conversation Weekly as we delve into the achievements behind three of the latest Nobel prizes.
Solar reflectors in space reflect sunlight.
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The audio version of an in-depth article on how science fiction’s hopes and fears can inspire humanity’s response to the climate crisis.
Scientists are still puzzling over the mystery of what makes us conscious.
Plus, how a team of musicologists and computer scientists completed Beethoven’s unfinished 10th Symphony using AI. Listen to The Conversation Weekly podcast.
Annalena Baerbock, Green candidate for chancellor, reacts to her party’s third place in the German elections.
Plus, the health benefits of saunas and hot baths, particularly after exercise. Listen to The Conversation Weekly podcast.
The latest climate change assessment by scientists is a ‘code red for humanity’, according to the UN.
How scientists are improving their understanding of the connection between extremes and climate change – and what’s to come. Listen to The Conversation Weekly.
Justin Trudeau: a life in the limelight.
Plus, new clues on why mosquitoes bite some people more than others. Listen to The Conversation Weekly podcast.
Astrocytes: these cells could be part of the key to unlocking the mystery of how brains change their structure.
From the archive: new research helps unpick clues about the brain’s ability to change its structure. Listen to The Conversation Weekly podcast.
The audio version of an in-depth article on why there aren’t enough trees to offset society’s carbon emissions – and there never will be.
‘Fake news’ odours are protecting vulnerable birds and their offspring, including the banded dotterel.
From the archive: using misinformation to fool predators into leaving bird nests alone. Listen to The Conversation Weekly podcast.
Time for the three-day weekend.
Plus, the history of how Nairobi’s informal settlements got their names. Listen to The Conversation Weekly podcast.
Would you eat cultured meat?
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Plus, new research from Indonesia on the relationship between cigarette advertising near schools and children smoking.
Tight funding and COVID-related limits on face-to-face contact have forced academics to find other ways to expose students to the real-life work they are preparing them for.
Creators will now have the option to require a payment for audiences to access their content on Apple’s platform.
Podcasting exploded due to the lack of gatekeepers. Now big tech companies are starting to act like traditional media networks, signing popular hosts to exclusive contracts and establishing paywalls.