Midnight In The Desert — sounds

'Apocalyptic' sounds recorded in Hawaii

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'Apocalyptic' sounds recorded in Hawaii

A video recording of eerie trumpet sounds from Hawaii has gone viral on YouTube, leading some to speculate that the End Times and the Second Coming of Jesus Christ are imminent. Others suggested UFOs, scientific explanations, and even Godzilla. (Watch the video above.) "Jesus Christ is coming soon. I say it is a trumpet," a YouTube user named "Believer John Seventeen" posted. Another user agreed. "Christ shall return. If you know Him, then you know His warnings — every eye shall hear and every ear shall hear," posted "Roger Dat." "Be not afraid for you are saved by faith in...

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Singing road strikes wrong chord with Dutch villagers

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Singing road strikes wrong chord with Dutch villagers

Take the highway past the Dutch village of Jelsum and the road will play you a tune. Created by strategically laid “rumble strips” as a way of livening up journeys across the flat landscape, the novelty has worn thin for locals who say the constant droning melody is driving them mad. The tune is created when car byres drive over the strips - which are usually deployed at the side of major roads to warn drivers they are straying off course. If hit at the correct speed - the 60 kph (40 mph) limit - the road will sing out...

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The US Military Is Making Lasers That Create Voices out of Thin Air

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The US Military Is Making Lasers That Create Voices out of Thin Air

Within three years, the Pentagon's non-lethal weapons lab hopes to have a direct energy weapon that can produce an effect like a haunted walkie-talkie or the biblical burning bush. Watch the video above and listen carefully for what sounds like a human voice during the second spin. That’s not an audio recording or a broadcast transmitted over radio…it’s not human at all. It’s an auditory effect that’s created by military scientists who manipulated the air with lasers — and it’s the Pentagon’s most interesting idea for stopping people charging checkpoints, or just scaring the crap out of them. The U.S....

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Research team may have solved Cuba ‘sonic attack’ mystery

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Research team may have solved Cuba ‘sonic attack’ mystery

A team of computer scientists from the University of Michigan may have solved the mystery behind strange sounds heard by American diplomats in Havana, who later suffered a variety of medical disorders. Professor Kevin Fu and members of the Security and Privacy Research Group at the University of Michigan say they have an explanation for what could have happened in Havana: two sources of ultrasound — such as listening devices — placed too close together could generate interference and provoke the intense sounds described by the victims. And this may not have been done intentionally to harm diplomats, the scientists...

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Can sound be used as a weapon?

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Can sound be used as a weapon?

Editor’s note: Government and academic investigators continue to probe reports from Cuba that, starting in 2016 and continuing through 2017, U.S. and Canadian diplomats and tourists may have been subjected to a “sonic weapon,” damaging their hearing, causing nausea, speech problems and potentially even mild brain injuries. Electrical engineering and computer science professors Wenyuan Xu from Zhejiang University and Kevin Fu from the University of Michigan explain their research, which suggests a more likely scenario of sloppy engineering, and what ultrasound frequencies (which can be used to transmit information gathered by listening devices) traveling through the air can – and...

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