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Sounds of Survival: The quest to record an exquisite spike-thumb frog mating call

Deep in the emerald cloud forests of Cusuco National Park of Honduras, scientists are on a quest to record the never-before-heard call of the endangered “exquisite spike-thumb frog” (Plectrohyla exquisita). This charm...

Kids Meet Opera Singer Angel Blue

Meet Angel Blue. She's an award-winning American operatic soprano, a singing voice that "has the highest vocal range of all voice types," who's performed all over the world. In this episode of Kids Meet, Angel Blue de...

How does sound travel to our brains?

How does a sound, like music played on a trumpet, travel from the source through our ears and to our brains? This animated video from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders describes the ...

What does ‘Beethoven’s Contrabassoon’ sound like?

What kind of instrument do you play when you need "16-feet of sound to go below the bassoons" in your Austrian marching band? In this Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment video, David Chatterton demonstrates his clas...

A colorful Chladni pattern demonstration

Watch as Chladni patterns form on a metal plate, a teaching demonstration "spiced up" with colored sand by associate professor of physics at UNC Charlotte skullsinthestars. The video is accompanied by Prelude from Sui...

Herman Brown is Feeling Down

"Herman's quiet world is suddenly interrupted by something loud and stressful." What is that noise? What is that feeling? Is it as big as it seems or are things not quite that bad? Herman Brown is Feeling Down is a...

Tape Tapping with Open Reel Ensemble

"When you tap the tape, it sounds like a electro-magnetic drum." Japanese musician Ei Wada plays an old stretched tape from "reel-to-reel tape recorders built by Pioneer and TEAC in the 1970s and '80s." From Engadget:...

Hedwig’s Theme from Harry Potter played on a glass harp in Italy

Listen to the glass harp stylings of a street performer in Venice, Italy playing Hedwig's Theme, the main theme song from the Harry Potter movie soundtracks. While touring the Italian city on vacation, Hashem Al-Ghail...

It’s Okay to Fart: What are farts made of and why are they funny?

Farts can be giggle-worthy and gross, but every person on Earth farts, as well as lots of animals... so why don't we know more about them? Even people throughout history have wrestled with what farts are and how they ...

How The Met reassembled the Appleton Pipe Organ

To properly care for one of the oldest functioning pipe organs made in America, The Appleton Pipe Organ, The Metropolitan Museum of Art needed to dismantle, refurbish, and reassemble the piece. The time lapse video ab...

The Science of Hearing

The ability to recognize sounds and identify their location is possible thanks to the auditory system. That’s comprised of two main parts: the ear, and the brain. The ear’s task is to convert sound energy into neural ...

The Jankó keyboard, an 1882 replacement for the traditional piano layout

The Jankó keyboard is a musical keyboard layout for a piano designed by Paul von Jankó in 1882. It was designed to overcome two limitations on the traditional piano keyboard: the large-scale geometry of the keys (stre...

Introducing the Dial Telephone, films from 1936 & 1954

Have you ever heard a dial tone or a busy signal? How did we call someone before speed dial and push-button telephones, but after people stopped needing to speak with a switchboard operator? Behold the rotary dial: ...

Fløjteløs / Whistleless by Siri Melchior

A little bird is having a hard time learning how to whistle. But the other birds can whistle! And so can the train. And the people in the city. And the animals in the zoo. And the police officer directing traffic. How...

Nine animal sounds and Super Mario World sound effects created with a violin

Moo like a cow. Squeak like a mouse. Chirp like a cricket. Trumpet like an elephant... all with a violin. Musician Sebastiaan Kulwanowski makes it look easy in this demonstration of nine animal sounds recreated with h...

Mapping whale songs in the South Pacific

Why do male whales make such complex songs? And what are they communicating? Dr. Ellen Garland has been analyzing sound arrangements made by the tens of thousands of whales living in separate communities across the So...

Arena, a fast-paced look at the earth from above

Using images captured by Google Earth, Ireland-based artist Páraic McGloughlin speeds through scheme after scheme of human-made shapes and structures from high above in the experimental film short Arena. From McGlough...

Grace Lehane plays her concertina for the cattle in Kilmichael Cork

Watch what happens when young Grace Lehane plays her concertina near a fine green field in the village of Kilmichael in Cork, Ireland. The now viral video was filmed by Denis Lehane and posted in July, 2017. A bit mor...

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