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Tuesday Sprog Blogging: #scio12 storytelling and critters not imagined by my offspring.

So, Friday was busy here. Spring semester classes started on Wednesday, people want add codes to add my courses, students are making sure they know where everything is in the online section of my "Ethics in Science" course -- the usual. But, I was also dealing with a larger than usual portion of ScienceOnline in [...]

Underwater Noise Disturbs Whales 120 Miles Away

Underwater acoustics can affect the communication of whales as far away as 120 miles.

Clever Test Shows Meerkat Voices Are Personal

By using audio trickery to present meerkats with a puzzling situation, biologists have demonstrated that the adorable African critters recognize each other by voice. The implications go beyond meerkats: It's been suprisingly difficult to design empirical studies for truly wild animals other than primates, leaving an important aspect of animal social life in shadow.

Listen: Hemingway’s Short, Moving Nobel Prize Speech

Yesterday, a few hours after the Nobel Prize for Literature has been awarded to Tomas Transtromer, I received from former Nobel staffer Simon Frantz an audio clip that seized my heart. It is a 1954 recording of Ernest Hemingway reading his acceptance speech for the prize that year. (Hemingway did not attend the banquet, but had [...]

Audio Excerpt: The Secret Lives of The Brain

Find out what your brain is up to behind your back in this exclusive audio excerpt from the new book Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain and learn more in an interview with author, neuroscientist David Eagleman.

Monkeys Don’t Go For Music — Unless It’s Made for Them

Monkeys don’t care much for human music, but apparently they will groove to their own beat. Previous experiments have shown that tamarin monkeys prefer silence to Mozart, and they don’t respond emotionally to human music the way people do. But when a psychologist and a musician collaborated to compose music based on the pitch, tone [...]

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