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Science sounds of the week

Sounds like Science rounds up the coolest sound links this week

November 29, 2011

Since my list of “sound things to blog about” is only growing and never shrinking, I’ve started sharing some of my favorites with you all each week. Here are the coolest sound related stories I came across this week (and last, since I forgot to post this last week).


– Researchers have finally (finally!) figured out why some people can’t stand the oontz oontz of techno.

– Acoustics finally helps us answer the question: who shot first, Han Solo or Greedo? (Even though everybody knows it was Han, despite the despicable remake.)

– It’s loud out there for animals – and a recent study in PLoS ONE suggests that different types of noise pollution can actually shape the ecology of birds all over the world.

– Okay this one’s not really science sounds, but if you want better sound on your cell phone, why not try a handset?

– Okay one other thing that’s not really science sounds, but is still cool. This radio is powered by water! Christmas is coming up, just sayin’.*

– Remember when we talked about space sounds? Well some ham radio operators are hearing them down on Earth. They’re picking up signals from the newly launched Curiosity rover, on its way to Mars.*

– What does a chair leg sound like? One artist, featured at the TERRA exhibition in London, explores using woodwork as an instrument.


* Thanks to the fabulous Madeleine Johnson for sending those my way via Twitter. If you see cool sound stuff, Tweet at me!

About the Author

Rose Eveleth

Rose Eveleth graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a B.S. in ecology and a minor in writing. She spent the last four years there poking around in labs, studying krill, climbing trees, riding bikes and perfecting her fish doodles. A sucker for being lost in strange places, she recently wandered her way through Costa Rica, Portugal, Tokyo and Bonaire and is excited to take her wandering to the epicenter of strange places, New York City.


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