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Date:11/21/2007

November 21, 2007 -- Reporters interested in the upcoming Acoustical Society of America (ASA) meeting in New Orleans are invited to visit the associated World Wide pressroom even if they cannot attend in person. On this site are posted dozens of lay language papers selected from among the 600 talks and posters, which relate to fields as diverse as psychology, physics, sound engineering, marine biology, medicine, meteorology, and music.

For more information, please visit the ASA World Wide pressroom: http://www.acoustics.org/press/154th/lay_lang.html. Some specific highlights:

PLUCKING THE INTERNET

A look at distributed musical instruments and remote musical collaboration, using the web. One can actually "play the network" as a guitar or flute stretching between San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Chris Chafe, CCRMA/Music, Stanford Univ
http://www.acoustics.org/press/154th/chafe.html

POSSIBLE IVORY-BILLED WOODPECKER VOCALIZATIONS

Video clips and other evidence of encounters with this mysterious and magnificent bird.
Michael D. Collins, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
http://www.acoustics.org/press/154th/collins.html

LISTENING TO HURRICANE KATRINA

A hurricane produces naturally occurring low-pitch infrasound that humans are unable to hear. But special low-pitch atmospheric pressure sensors can measure the pitch and strength of hurricanes and possibly help to predict changes in these violent storms.

Ronald A. Wagstaff, University of Mississippi
http://www.acoustics.org/press/154th/wagstaff.html

ACOUSTIC DETECTION OF LAND MINES

An alternative acoustic method for detecting nonmetal land mines is b
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Contact: Martha J. Heil
mheil@aip.org
626-354-5613
American Institute of Physics
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