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Alma Dal Co wears a blue shirt and red necklace and uses a pointer to examine a component of a laboratory machine.
Microbial Ecologist Alma Dal Co Dies in Diving Accident
At 33, Dal Co had already founded her own microbial ecology lab at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland.
Microbial Ecologist Alma Dal Co Dies in Diving Accident
Microbial Ecologist Alma Dal Co Dies in Diving Accident

At 33, Dal Co had already founded her own microbial ecology lab at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland.

At 33, Dal Co had already founded her own microbial ecology lab at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland.

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A Song of Spider Silk
Lisa Winter | Apr 15, 2021 | 2 min read
Scientists from MIT reveal the hidden music in spiderwebs.
Conch Horn Finds Its Song Again After 17,000 Years
Lisa Winter | Feb 10, 2021 | 1 min read
Listen to a musicologist blow through the oldest known shell horn.
The Scientist Speaks Podcast – Episode 5
The Scientist’s Creative Services Team | 1 min read
Unusually Wired: Human Brains are Attuned to Appreciate Musical Pitch
Watcher of Whales: A Profile of Roger Payne
Diana Kwon | Nov 1, 2019 | 9 min read
A love of music and science led the marine biologist to discover that whales sing songs, a discovery that he’s since used to convince the world the animals are worth saving.
Monkey Music?
The Scientist Staff | Oct 1, 2019 | 1 min read
Hear the muted symphony that one researcher thinks might be a close approximation to how macaques perceive the performance.
When Humans Hear Music, Monkeys May Hear Noise
Katarina Zimmer | Oct 1, 2019 | 5 min read
The auditory cortices of humans and rhesus monkeys respond very differently to harmonic tones.
Bowhead Whales Impress Researchers With Their Song Diversity
Catherine Offord | Apr 4, 2018 | 2 min read
A group of around 300 whales produced 184 distinct songs over just a few years, according to a new study.
Researchers Identify Gene Variants Linked to Synesthesia
Catherine Offord | Mar 5, 2018 | 2 min read
A whole-genome analysis of people who experience color when they listen to sounds points to a handful of genes involved in neural development.
Brain Activity Reveals Which Songs People Are Listening To
Jim Daley | Feb 4, 2018 | 2 min read
Researchers create a program that can use fMRI data to identify which musical pieces are in participants' heads.  
On Science and Hip Hop: Q&A with the Wu-Tang Clan’s GZA
Aggie Mika | Oct 13, 2017 | 4 min read
The artist discusses music as a means to get kids excited about science, and the inspiration he took from astrophysics and polar bears.
Biologists Will Be Listening to the Eclipse
Kerry Grens | Aug 18, 2017 | 2 min read
At 100 sites around North America, field recorders are set to record natures’ response to the blotting out of the sun on Monday.
Consilience, Episode 2: In Tune
Ben Andrew Henry | Mar 21, 2017 | 9 min read
Ben Henry delves into the still-unanswered questions of where our musical preferences come from and what makes synesthetes tick.
John Iversen Explores our Perception of Musical Rhythm
Vijay Shankar Balakrishnan | Mar 1, 2017 | 3 min read
At the Swartz Center for Computational Neuroscience at the University of California, San Diego, the researcher studies the neurobiology of music perception.
Newton’s Color Theory, ca. 1665
Ashley P. Taylor | Mar 1, 2017 | 3 min read
Newton’s rainbow forms the familiar ROYGBIV because he thought the range of visible colors should be analogous to the seven-note musical scale.
Understanding the Roots of Human Musicality
Catherine Offord | Mar 1, 2017 | 10+ min read
Researchers are using multiple methods to study the origins of humans’ capacity to process and produce music, and there’s no shortage of debate about the results.
Music Tailored to Animals’ Tastes
Kerry Grens | Mar 1, 2017 | 4 min read
The evidence is equivocal on whether animals dig human songs, so scientists set out to make music that mimics their soundscapes.
Understanding Music Heard Through Cochlear Implants
Jef Akst | Mar 1, 2017 | 4 min read
Music sounds very different to cochlear implant users. Researchers are trying to improve the experience.
Notable Science Quotes
The Scientist Staff | Mar 1, 2017 | 2 min read
Music, the future of American science, and more
Musical Tastes: Nature or Nurture?
Diana Kwon | Mar 1, 2017 | 4 min read
Studies of remote Amazonian villages reveal how culture influences our musical preferences.
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