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Discuss: The Power of Sound and Music
« on: 05/11/2009 10:57:13 »
This week we're exploring the science of sound and music. We sound out the human voice, hear why we all talk differently, and probe the origins of accents and the means by which impersonators mimic their victims.  Also, we discover how a tune can act like cocaine in your brain and why, in some cultures, music can replace a lawyer!  Also, we hear what's going on in the brains of Jazz musicians as they improvise, see how hungry sharks are similar to shoppers and find out why a big brown bat needs magnetic bat-nav.  Plus, in kitchen science we discover the musical secrets of plastic bottles!
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Discuss: The Power of Sound and Music
« Reply #1 on: 05/11/2009 10:57:13 »
I just want to say that this episode was the first one I've actually listened to... and I'm definitely coming back for more. I teach high school physics and plan to use a few clips from this show (not to mention a bunch of the kitchen science experiments) in my class when we study sound. Great show, great site, thanks a lot!

I also want to point out that I successfully identified which of the choirs was boys and which was girls.
I know that's not very romantic, but it's science and we're stuck with it.

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« Reply #2 on: 09/03/2008 09:31:37 »
Thank you very much. We're really pleased that you like the programme.

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