Making sense of sound
One of Brazil’s best birders is blind. Watch award-winning sound recordist Juan Pablo Culasso at work at http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-33345913
Image at http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-33345913
The Michigan Bird Brains are a team of young blind birdwatchers, lead by Donna Posont. Read her essay about birding blind at http://blog.allaboutbirds.org/2012/04/19/sensing-natures-beauty-in-sound-scent-and-touch/
Where Song Began
Australian biologist Tim Low traces the discovery that Australia was the first home of the world’s songbirds (published by Penguin,2014).
He describes parrots – including the kooky palm cockatoo pictured on the cover – as having ‘aptitude with attitude’.
Film clip taken from the documentary Australia Land of Parrots. See http://www.abc.net.au
Read more about the palm cocko’s DIY drumsticks and use of drumming at http://www.sciencewise.anu.edu.au/articles/drumming%20parrot
Recordings of palm cockos (and birdsong from around the world) are available online at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Macaulay Library http://macaulaylibrary.org/audio/201266
Illustration by the late, great Australian bird artist William Cooper (6 April 1934 – 10 May 2015).
Image at http://www.nokomis.com.au/cockatooplates.html
Flying into the unknown:
‘During a circuitous ten-year trek across the Solar System, Rosetta will cross the asteroid belt and travel into deep space, more than five times Earth’s distance from the Sun. Its destination will be a periodic comet known as Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko..’
Rosetta approaching comet
More info and images at the European Space Agency’s website http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/Rosetta
Philae phones home:
Philae, the lander deployed by the Rosetta mission, became the first spacecraft to land on a comet in November last year. It promptly went into hibernation, but ‘woke up’ and phoned home for the first time seven months on Saturday 13 June.
Image at https://twitter.com/ESA_Rosetta/status/610047662856007680/photo/1
ET Phones Home:
See the original movie clip at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_YZuYESaoo
Space Odyssey becomes Space Oddity:
Watch and hear David Bowie perform the original version of Space Oddity in 1969 at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D67kmFzSh_o