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Orca hearing biomimicry led to an ultrasensitive underwater microphone

By Damir Beciri
One Comment23 June 2011

orca-1Stanford researchers have developed a highly sensitive underwater microphone which is modeled after the extraordinarily acute hearing of orcas. The microphone can capture a wide range of ocean sounds in a range of approximately 160 decibels, significantly more than existing underwater microphones (hydrophones) which have limited ranges of sensitivity and do not perform well at… »