Monthly Archives: December 2011

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Happy Wren Day!


Colm Kelleher wished me Happy St. Stephen’s Day today – a holiday I was unaware of until now. Turns out it’s a traditional holiday that was celebrated on the 26th of December in some countries, including Ireland where they call it Lá Fhéile Stiofán or Lá an Dreoilín, or Day of the Wren. Read More →

Does the aurora borealis make a sound?


This week, on WNYU’s science and technology show The Doppler Effect, we had a really interesting sound.

02Track02-AlbertaNoseWhistlerjune96-mono by RoseEveleth

That is the sound of the radio frequencies of the aurora borealis. Read More →

New Life

Now that I’ve updated all the Sounds Like Science posts from the past few months over here, I can tell you what we’re up to. Big things! Like, say, actually blogging regularly! I know, crazy right?

So you can start to expect more posts on here from my sound collection, including a weekly mystery sound. If you’ve got sound ideas, send them my way in the comments section here, or through Twitter.

See you all soon!

Why do we hate the sound of nails on a chalkboard?


If you don’t want to actually listen to the sound, think about nails on a chalkboard for a minute. Did you get the shivers? But why? Why do we hate that sound that much? Read More →

Rat chat


Every night, after the sun sets on Acme labs and the white-coated scientists leave, two white-coated rats start plotting. Read More →

The chuck heard round the world


The male Tungara frog wants to be sexy for his potential lady frog partners.  Who doesn’t?  But lady frogs have very specific tastes, they like their males to make two sounds, a whine and a chuck. Read More →

Compost worm squirm

My grandparents live in a colonial house in Connecticut, and they have a lot of worms in their soil. I know because as a kid, whenever we went there for Thanksgiving, I would take a foil baking dish out of their kitchen, fill it with dirt, and dig up as many worms as I could to put into my “worm zoo.” Read More →

Popping the bubbly

Bokke by RoseEveleth

This is a mud pool in Akan National Park, in Hokkaido, Japan. Mud pools are often called “bokke,” which means “boiling” in Ainu, the language of the Ainu people who have lived in Hokkaido for thousands of years.
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Bellowing bedfellows

This is probably my favorite sound in the world right now. Just listen to it! Now listen to it again. OK, I can’t contain myself anymore. Read More →