Dr. Jason Spector joins All Things Considered to talk about how cotton candy is being used to make complex vascular architecture - a web of tissue for transplants and other medical uses.
Program: All Things Considered
Date: February, 2009
The Current reports that NPR is looking to the web for its future.
This is really pretty amazing. In March of 2008, some reseachers at Berkeley found some "recordings" by a French inventor that predated Edison. Sounds like the guy made a device, called a phonautograph, that recorded detailed visual representation of sound. These researchers figured out a way to turn those visual recordings into actual sounds. They've just released a number of new audio. It's not the best sounding stuff in the world but it's an amazing concept.
I happened upon this doc from an organization called Project Focus that has the specific (yet expansive) mission "to educate, inspire, and empower local communities in Southwestern Uganda and the United States."
Interesting to think about what it must be like to have never used the internet. I especially like the sound of a Ugandan seeing the internet for the first time toward the end of the piece.
In case you haven't been over to see it. New NPR website launched a couple days ago. This video has NPR's Scott Simon explaining the new features. One commenter on YouTube says "This is a beautiful web site! Will this help avoid layoffs?"
UPDATE: Producer Barrett Golding posted the full piece on Hearing Voices -- longer than what aired on Studio 360. Click on "Auto Tune News" above for a link.
Did you know there is a podcast called This Week in the History of Psychology? Well there is. It's out of York Univsersity. This episode is about the psychograph (pictutred). The psychograph was based on the idea of phrenology.
You'll have to get past the intro and the overview of the weeks psychology history to get to the discussion of the psychograph.
#1 "Average savings rates in China stand at around 30% and, as Chris Hogg discovers, most of that money is spent on health care."
#2 Citizen Journalism: The wide availablity of cell phone video has changed the face of conflict and communication in Kashmir
The BBC's weekly environmental programme, One Planet, goes on an American road-trip. The Englishmen see big cars, generous people, and the inventor of lithium-ion batteries. All on the road to Copenhagen.
- Audio Documentary London Bureau
Playtime: 27 minutes 2 seconds
Date: November, 2009
Elizabeth Hauke's documentary 'The Sound of Disease "examines the use of sound in the diagnosis of disease, and features the ground-breaking work of Prof Dan Lloyd, who converts the data in brain scans into music to identify otherwise 'invisible' diseases."
Elizabeth Hauke is an independent radio presenter and producer of Short Science (www.shortscience.co.uk), a weekly science radio show and podcast. She also makes freelance packages and documentaries.
Keep and eye on Third Coast International Audio Festival's "Staff Picks" in the lower right hand corner of their newly designed website. Recent picks have included pics of record grooves under and electron microscope.
"The german Alfred-Wegener-Institute is transmitting a MP3-livestream from Antarctica. They put four hydrophones 70 m underneath the shelf ice and 90 m above the ocean ground through drilled holes in the thick ice sheet. In close proximity to the open water the microphones catch the calls of sea mammals living in this remote region."
Workers in China get severe nerve damage at a factory that makes touch screens for Apple. Workers claim that the poisoning -- from an illegal chemical used to increase the speed of manufacture -- occurred on the floor that makes iPhones.
Apple will not comment.
A little insight into creating the sounds of transformers – those trucks and planes and whatnot that become robots. Close your eyes and it's like they're changing in front of you.
Playtime: 1 minute 30 seconds
The artist Marcus Coates recorded the dawn chorus in English woodlands; he then slowed down the recordings, and filmed human singers perform the newly approachable songs in everyday English settings. Then, he speeded the footage back up again. The sound is extraordianary – and in this case, so is the video.
Audio Documentary Europe
Playtime: 5 minutes 40 seconds
A man describes having a cochlear implant and hearing birdsong for the first time; another recalls the sounds of Britain during World War II. Two items in BBC Radio 4's take on citizen journalism, iPM.
Audio Documentary Europe
Playtime: 24 minutes
Date: September, 2010
PC Mag review's the NPR radio:
"With access to more than 800 NPR stations, 20,000 Internet radio stations, and Pandora, Livio's Radio isn't your dad's table-top radio"
Do you really need 800 NPR stations, though? 8... Hundred... If you are in an iron lung, this is the radio for you.
David Maxon AD - Hanoi
Date: March, 2011
The Energizer Flickering LED Candle Lights moved Boingboing reviewer Rob Beschizza so much he could express his feelings only through audio. His feelings are clear…
Playtime: 1 minute 58 seconds
After three years of linking in the wilderness, AudioDocumentary.org has company! We would like to offer a full-throated endorsement to the new audio curating site, Audiofiles. In case you haven't seen it (or read about it), Audiofiles is similar in concept to AudioDocumentary.org in that it is an independant site that curates links to radio and audio pieces available free online (you'll even see a number of things AD has featured on there). It doesn't feature any original content like AD and perhaps tends more toward main-stream American public radio ala NPR. Audiofiles, however, adds crowd-sourcing via Twitter integration so that the curating spigot is turned to 11. It also allows users to save links by signing in with Twitter. It's a cool twist on the idea of audio links curating and we hope everyone will check it out!
This American Life's gutsy and thorough, 1-hour redaction of their wildly popular episode "Mr. Daisey Goes to the Apple Factory." An insightful and probing meditation on the difference between fact and fiction. TAL lays out its own mistakes nakedly and outlines everything they can discern about the story's truth or falsity.
You can hear the original story (removed from the TAL website) here.