The Doppler Effect

WNYU's weekly science show

NEW WEBSITE

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Hello fabulous visitors,

The Doppler Effect has a new home! You can find us, all our episodes, and some new surprises over at dopplereffect.weebly.com.

See you there!

Rose

Written by Rose Eveleth

June 17, 2011 at 12:37 pm

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The Brain

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Braaaiiiiinsss.  We have them, and they’re really complicated.  This week, Chuck and I take a peek into a few of its crevices.  First, we go on a field trip to SUNY Stony Brook, to visit Alfredo Fontanini’s lab and listen to some rat sounds.  Then Chuck tries to figure out what’s going on in the brain during an orgasm.  To wrap up, I cool things off with some sensory hallucinations.  In between you get to listen to Pinky and Brain teach you about brains, and meet our newest reporter, Colm Kelleher.

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Written by Rose Eveleth

May 27, 2011 at 5:41 pm

A Mixer

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This week the team at The Doppler Effect affectionately assembled a mix tape for you.  You know, the kind where none of the songs are really related to any of the other songs, but since they come from someone you like you pretend not to notice.  You like us, right?

So this week’s medley includes the answers to some truly monumental questions we know you’ve been dying to know the answers to.  Will Sarah find someone to fix her Zune?  What makes a chant chantable?  Does where you vote change how you vote?  Sarah, Rose and Chuck have your answers.

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Written by Rose Eveleth

May 18, 2011 at 12:40 am

Sounds

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It seems obvious, but at the Doppler Effect we’re kind of obsessed with the way things sound.  Since it’s the end of the semester, and we’re tired, we decided to give in and do a show about them.  You’ll hear us explain what the Doppler Effect actually means, how cochlear implants work, and what noise pollution might mean for you.  In between you’ll hear me ramble about some of my favorite sounds.

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Written by Rose Eveleth

May 14, 2011 at 10:11 pm

Oceans

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Water water everywhere, but not a drop to drink.  That poem doesn’t really have anything to do with this week’s show, but it is set on the ocean, which is our theme!  Forgive me, I’m running out of brain power for the day.

Anyway, Sarah and I have your stories for this week.  Sarah went to the aquarium, saw some cow nosed rays, and tells us about dolphin populations.  I went the paranoia route and talked to someone who researches all the different marine microbes that can kill you, or at least make you pretty sick for a few days.  In between we talk about mola molas.

Enjoy!

Written by Rose Eveleth

May 14, 2011 at 10:08 pm

Sleep

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By the time our show airs, at 7:30pm on Tuesdays, I’ve already had at least two cups of coffee in an effort to beat back the eternal nemesis of productivity: sleep.  On this show, Katie and Boris dig a little deeper into a graduate student’s biggest rival.

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Written by Rose Eveleth

May 14, 2011 at 10:05 pm

Google

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Chances are, you use some kind of Google product.  Whether it’s a phone, a browser, or just plain old boolean searching, Google is all over the place.  The Doppler Effect team took a closer look at the company, and what they’ve been up to recently.

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Written by Rose Eveleth

May 14, 2011 at 10:01 pm

The Science of Music

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What sound would a Higgs Boson make?  And what would your brain do if you heard that sound?  Would you like it?  Sarah Fecht, Katie Palmer and Chuck Furlong try to answer those questions.

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Written by Rose Eveleth

May 14, 2011 at 9:59 pm

Oh Hey!

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So I’ve been slacking in updating our shows on here, so stay tuned for an onslaught of new links!

Also, now might be a good time for disclaimer on our archived shows.  Sometimes we don’t hit the transition mark right on the nose, so you might hear the very tail end of the New Afternoon Show, a music show on just before us.  So if you click “Listen Now” and hear some music, just sit back, relax, and our show will start any second.  Literally.

Written by Rose Eveleth

May 14, 2011 at 9:50 pm

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Microbes

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This week on The Doppler Effect, we sweated the small stuff: microbes.  Sarah takes us to the murky depths of the vaginal microbiome.  Boris tells us about the viral benefits of kissing (OK we know viruses aren’t microbes, but they are small!).  Rose tells us why we think those last two things are disgusting.

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Written by Rose Eveleth

March 23, 2011 at 12:55 pm