acoustics http://kut.org en These Sound Engineers Used One Weird Trick to Bend the Laws of Physics http://kut.org/post/these-sound-engineers-used-one-weird-trick-bend-laws-physics <p><strong>Update</strong>: <a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2014/03/24/sound-engineering-kut">Listen to this story on WBUR's Here and Now</a>.</p><p><strong>Original story</strong> (Feb. 28): You know how on cop shows, suspects get interrogated in a cramped room with a mirror on one wall? And on the other side, there's a prosecutor or other cops watching through the glass.</p><p>Those mirrors are kind of an illusion done with lighting.&nbsp;But the effect also illustrates perfectly how difficult it can be to break a pretty fundamental law of nature.</p><p>A group of engineers at UT has figured out how to&nbsp;bend – if not break – that law when it comes to sound.</p><p><strong>Listen:</strong></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/137133239&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 17:23:10 +0000 Matt Largey 9870 at http://kut.org These Sound Engineers Used One Weird Trick to Bend the Laws of Physics Sounding Out a Better Beacon for Firefighters in Danger http://kut.org/post/sounding-out-better-beacon-firefighters-danger <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F108855408&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Every year in the U.S., dozens of firefighters are killed in the line of duty. But there are hundreds more close calls, where a firefighter needs to be rescued after becoming injured or otherwise incapacitated. Virtually all firefighters, both volunteer and professional, rely on a simple device designed to alert their fellow firefighters when they need help.</p><p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 12:55:26 +0000 Matt Largey 8603 at http://kut.org Sounding Out a Better Beacon for Firefighters in Danger