Sunday, November 02, 2014

Big Picture Science for Monday 03 November 2014 - Sounds Abound

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Big Picture Science - Sounds Abound

ENCORE: The world is a noisy place. But now we have a better idea what the fuss is about. Not only can we record sound, but our computers allow us to analyze it.

Bird sonograms reveal that our feathery friends give each other nicknames and share details about their emotional state. Meanwhile, hydrophones capture the sounds of dying icebergs, and let scientists separate natural sound from man-made in the briny deep.

Plus, native Ohio speakers help decipher what Neil Armstrong really said on that famous day. And, think your collection of 45 rpm records is impressive? Try feasting your ears on sound recorded before the Civil War.

  • Bob Dziak – Oceanographer, Hatfield Marine Science Center, Oregon State University, Program Manager, Acoustics Program, NOAA
  • Michael Porter – Senior scientist of H.L.S. Research, La Jolla, California
  • Patrick Feaster – Sound media historian at Indiana University
  • Laura Dilley – Assistant professor in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders, Michigan State University
  • Jenny Papka – Co-director of Native Bird Connections
  • Michael Webster – Professor of neurobiology and behavior, director of the Macaulay Library, Cornell University

This encore podcast was first released on August 5, 2103.


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