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Greetings! To the podcast where music and sound meet science and skepticism.

We’re not currently making new episodes. But you can still enjoy our back catalog (for free of course!).


Phew. After the recent website-Scopespocalypse, we’re happy to say that some of the episodes are once again available for download and streaming through iTunes and any other podcast services we were listed in before.

For the time being, the non-episodic posts may not come back at all, but, you know, whatever.

Sorry for the inconvenience, and thanks so much to those of you who still listen to our little show, despite our having not made a new episode in ages!

iTunes link.

56: News from the Monkey Scope II

Episode 56: News from the Monkey Scope II

High-frequencies in understanding.

Bee Gees CPR? Not so fast… (A, B)

Music makes wine taste better? (coverage, paper)

“Gorilla Man” unheard.

Change deafness

Related to “Change Blindness.” (video)

“Vocal fry” getting attention… why?

Pics of Baby Weasels!

57: Brain Beat & Christmas Music nonScience (not annoying)

Episode 57: Brain Beat & Christmas Music nonScience (not annoying)

Hai-Ting went to Brain Beat.

The Unscientific Holiday Song Science Test of NonScience

This Is Your Brain On Music (Levitin, 2007)

Absolute memory for musical pitch (Levitin paper referred to).

The only link I’m providing is to the hippo Xmas song. Ha!)

58: Fat Lady Sings?

Episode 58: Fat Lady Sings?

An interview with Monica Reinagel, nutrition diva and singer.

Her podcast on reflux, which includes research references.

And on the benefits of caffeine.

And about dehydration.

Refs for milk and mucus: one and two.

Monica also has two new ebooks coming out in January [2012]: Nutrition Zombies: 10 Nutrition Myths that Refuse to Die and How to Win at Losing: 10 Diet Myths That Keep You From Losing

59: Sixty-Four Old Violins & Citizen Whales

Episode 59: Sixty-Four Old Violins & Citizen Whales


When I’m 64 “fake” study. (coverage, paperPDF)

The (non)magic of old violins. (coverage, study)

with Robert Simpson of Zooniverse and

Orca sound basics.

60: Fluffy Ice Frogs

Episode 60: Fluffy Ice Frogs


The male Emei frog’s song contains information on his nest. (Coverage, paper)


World’s most relaxing song” question mark question mark exclamation point
The Mind Lab.

Music-relaxation studies (one, two, three)


Antarctic ice sounds from the BBC. A sound-rich radio doc (about 29 minutes).
Listening underwater to determine ocean/weather conditions.

64: Nano-ear, Sky Noises, Voice Glove

Episode 64: Nano-ear, Sky Noises, Voice Glove

We’re now part of the science360 network! [edit: no we’re not, anymore]


The nano-ear makes some headway.


Edmonton sky noises: admitted hoax.


Gesturally Realized Audio, Speech and Song Performance (GRASSP).
These folks are doing all sorts of interesting things.

65: Muscles, Headphone Death, Swedish Death

Episode 65: Muscles, Headphone Death, Swedish Death

Athlete’s muscle advantage.

Headphone death has tripled. (coverage, paper)

Headphone sales have been rising. (one, two)

Approximately four people per year die in roller coaster related accidents in the USA.


Umea University.

Attending a concert is healthier than attending church? Hmmm…