Topic: Acoustics & Sound

April 28, 2016 Babies & Music - A new study suggests musical games with their parents could not only boost babies’ musical development, but could help them recognize speech patterns, too.
April 12, 2016 Communicating by Wing - Some birds use their feathers to produce loud sounds as part of elaborate mating rituals.
March 31, 2016 Thirsty Bats - How do bats find water in the dark?
March 2, 2016 Insects vs. Birds - The loud noise of insects causes some tropical birds to delay the onset of their morning song.
February 26, 2016 Robot Drum Arm - A robotic third arm helps drummers execute previously impossible percussion patterns.
February 25, 2016 Dialects & Society - While the media affect our vocabulary, our accents are a product of our community.
February 24, 2016 Female Songbirds - Female house wrens sing to defend their nest sites from intruders.
February 19, 2016 Children & Noise - Research suggests that children can’t filter out noise the way adults can, with profound implications for learning.
February 14, 2016 Children & Noise - Research suggests that children can’t filter out noise the way adults can, with profound implications for learning.
February 4, 2016 Singing Fruit Flies - Scientists listen in on fruit fly courtship calls to study the neural underpinnings of communication.
January 25, 2016 Casino Rats - Studying how rats respond to the same cues that encourage people to make unwise bets could lead to better treatments for problem gambling.
December 10, 2015 Knuckle Cracking - Cracking your knuckles sets off a tiny “firework explosion” in the joint.
December 3, 2015 Environment & Language Evolution - Do environmental variables like rainfall and vegetation shape the sounds of languages?
November 9, 2015 High-Tech Bee Monitors - Scientists monitor the health of bee colonies by analyzing the vibrations the insects make within their hives.
November 5, 2015 Invisible Frogs - A Science Update listener wants to know the identity of a nightly neighborhood noisemaker.
October 30, 2015 Alarm Call Mimics - A tiny Australian bird sets off false alarms to fool predators.
October 9, 2015 The Universal “Huh?” - Regardless of culture and language, conversations have a lot in common.
September 28, 2015 Ancient Hearing - Scientists re-create how our ancient ancestors heard their world.
September 7, 2015 Road Noise & Migratory Birds - Road noise negatively impacts migratory birds.
September 3, 2015 Handheld Navigator - A handheld navigation cube changes shape to guide users in the right direction.
August 19, 2015 Podcast for 19 August 2015 - ANCIENT ANATOMY (Encore Presentation) - What dental records from the Mesozoic era can tell us about the lives of dinosaurs. How humans are uniquely adapted to throw baseballs. Also: an automated nature recording system that's monitoring environmental change. And, could vaccinating children protect the elderly as well?
Whistled Turkish - A language researcher studies Turkish villagers who communicate through whistles.
August 17, 2015 Marmoset Baby Talk - A new study suggests baby marmosets’ calls change as they grow up - questioning more than 50 years of conventional wisdom about primate vocalizations.
July 17, 2015 The Screaming Brain - What qualities make screams so scary?
July 13, 2015 Bats & Pitcher Plants - The echo of a pitcher plant helps bats find safety and helps the plant get food.
July 9, 2015 My Virtual Dream - A neuroscientist crowd-sources brainwave data at musical events for her research.
June 29, 2015 Parrot Mimicry Circuit - A newly discovered brain structure in parrots hints at new mechanisms in brain evolution.
June 22, 2015 The Trouble with R - The letter “R” is one of the hardest sounds we learn to pronounce; now scientists think they’ve identified what makes it so tricky.
June 10, 2015 Historical Speech Acoustics - How did historical leaders once address crowds of thousands, unaided by modern amplification?
June 9, 2015 Alarm Call Mimics - A tiny Australian bird sets off false alarms to fool predators.
June 5, 2015 Mini Frogs - Scientists discover new species of tiny frogs in the remote mountains of Brazil.
May 27, 2015 Prairie Chickens & Wind Farms - Researchers look into whether the sounds produced by wind farms disturb some imperiled birds.
May 26, 2015 Sound vs. Kidney Stones - Scientists are re-purposing imaging ultrasound to make kidney stones hop their way out of trouble.
May 13, 2015 Pop Music Redux - Powerful computer tools are helping musicologists study the evolution of popular music.
April 14, 2015 Hearing Vest - A vibrating vest may let people perceive speech through their skin.
February 23, 2015 SURVIVAL IN THE WILD - SURVIVAL (Encore Presentation) - Why female Komodo dragons die young, a whale that sounded like a person, and algae that flee their predators. Also: how the brain's insulation differs between us and chimpanzees, and why that insulation is so important to social development.
February 13, 2015 Waving to Aliens - Is it time to actively signal civilizations that might exist beyond earth?
February 11, 2015 Dolphin Name Game - Each bottlenose dolphin makes up its own signature whistle early in life that functions much like a name.
December 22, 2014 Birdsong & Language Genes - Birds and humans share remarkable similarities in the expression of genes involved in vocal communication in the brain.
December 9, 2014 3-D Talking Map - 3-D talking maps use a variety of sensory modalities to help people find their way around college campuses and other institutions.
November 5, 2014 Rhinos & Sound - Researchers are studying how the sounds in their environment may affect the well-being of captive rhinos, which have extremely sensitive hearing.
October 23, 2014 Baby Fish Sounds - Baby fish communicate with knocks and growls.
August 28, 2014 Animal Vocalizations - Many animal vocalizations are highly complex.
June 19, 2014 Baby Bird Passwords - An Australian bird thwarts nest invaders by requiring its young to sing a secret call to get fed.
May 21, 2014 Musical Creativity - Musical creativity could be good for the aging brain.
May 15, 2014 Inside of a Whale - Scientists are just beginning to understand the specialized anatomical features that allow whale songs to propagate underwater.
March 31, 2014 EVOLUTION & EXTINCTION - EVOLUTION & EXTINCTION - (Encore Presentation) What really happened to Australia's missing megafauna, how carnivores lost their sweet tooth, why lovelorn fruit flies resort to alcohol, strategic miscarriages in monkeys, and a new frog species is discovered in plain sight.
March 17, 2014 Elephant Ears - Elephants can discriminate between human voices that pose a threat to their safety and those that do not.
January 20, 2014 Whales & Oil - The exploitation of natural resources in the Arctic due to melting sea ice has consequences for marine mammals.
January 10, 2014 Endangered Voices - Digital technology and social media are helping save endangered languages.