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SCIENCE FRIDAY'S SCIFRI BOOK CLUB

“‘The Sounds Of Life’ uncovers the world of little-known sounds that make up life on Earth. Read it with us this November.”

Science Review

SCIENCE

“meticulously researched and colorfully presented … the first [book]  to integrate so many dimensions of the field in a way that is accessible to non experts. It is a wonderful mix of animal ecology, narratives of science doing, futurism, and accounts of Indigenous knowledge that is as interdisciplinary as the field itself.”

Next Big Thing

NEXT BIG IDEA CLUB NOMINEE

“The Sounds of Life was chosen as one of the Next Big Idea Club’s nominees for October 2022…”

the guardian

THE GUARDIAN

“With digital bioacoustics, scientists can eavesdrop on the natural world – and they’re learning some astonishing things”

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THE JEFFERSON EXCHANGE

“The sound shocked the world, when people realized that whales sang songs and otherwise communicated with each other. And the revelations have continued to come, as technology has expanded our ability to detect the sounds of living things, even when they are inaudible to humans.”

Vox

VOX

“Researchers are using drones, AI, and digital recorders to create a “zoological version of Google Translate.”

Newsy In the Loop

NEWSY'S IN THE LOOP

“Artificial Intelligence could help humans talk to pets”

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PLANT YOURSELF

“What do you get when you combine a reverential attitude toward the natural world with a high-tech approach to problem solving?”

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THE GLOBE AND MAIL

“The Sounds of Life was named one of the Globe and Mail’s Best Books to Gift this Year.”

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TOMORROW'S WORLD TODAY

“How AI Technology Technology Can Help Us Talk to Animals: What would you say to your pet if you could?”

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THE MORNING SHOW - NPR

“Humans have long thought we are unique in our ability to communicate with sound. Thanks to digital recording technology, scientists are now beginning to grasp the ways that animals use sound and how even some plants respond to noises.”

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NOEMA

“Advanced technologies like A.I. are enabling scientists to learn that the world is full of intelligent creatures with sophisticated languages, like honeybees. What might they tell us?”

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TALK NERDY

A conversation with Karen Bakker and Cara Santa Maria

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YALE ENVIRONMENT 360

“Digital technology is enabling scientists to detect and interpret the sounds of species as diverse as honey bees, peacocks, and elephants. In an e360 interview, geographer Karen Bakker discusses the surprising and complex ways that animals and plants use sound to communicate.”

sierra

SIERRA MAGAZINE

“Bakker’s well-researched stories showcase the mysterious communication
styles of whales, elephants, turtles, corals, plants, and bees as told by the scientists who care enough to listen. These scientific breakthroughs couldn’t come at a better time…”

future proof

FUTUREPROOF WITH JONATHAN MCCREA

“Explore the sounds in nature that we cannot hear….”

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TERRAIN.ORG

“How digital bioacoustics is revealing the unsuspected world of animal communication, and creating new possibilities for environmental conservation.”

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KEEN ON

“A Digital Dolittle? On Technology That Will Enable Us to Talk With Other Species… Including Plants and Trees”

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IDEAS PODCAST

“Technology often distracts us from nature, but what if it could reconnect us instead?”

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THE JOHN FUGELSANG PODCAST

“This week John is broadcasting from California…interview[ing] Karen Bakker, author of “The Sounds of Life – How Digital Technology Is Bringing Us Closer to the Worlds of Animals and Plants”. They talk about the secret world of sound and how other species communicate”

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LITHUB

“A fascinating new book…Bakker believes this technology will enable a new Enlightenment in which we will finally be able to communicate with nature.”

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MONGABAY

“Bakker’s book is full of stories of wonder and curiosity about the world of sound that constantly surrounds humanity.”

psychology today

PSYCHOLOGY TODAY

“I couldn’t put it down….a fascinating and forward-looking book.”

KUOW

KUOW’S SOUNDSIDE

“How technology is mapping the unheard conversations of the natural world…”

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NEW SCIENTIST

“Chock-ful of colourful characters…a must-read if you want to understand the full marvel of what we know about the ways life communicates on Earth, and to appreciate the many things we have yet to discover.”

CBC Spark

CBC Spark

“Explore the tech that helps us understand the language of plants and animals, and how it may hold the key to protecting biodiversity”

Engineering and Technology

ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY

“A charming and timely book, packed with stories of remarkable, eye-opening (and ear-opening?) discoveries.”

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PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS

“Listening to nature is an ancient art. But for most of human history, our ability to listen to other species was constrained. Humans are unable to hear many of the myriad sounds made by other species.”

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FIRST THINGS

“Bakker is talking about extension of our experience and our understanding and our sympathy in ways not possible before the advent of digital technology…”

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TRAVELS WITH BIRDS

“This is a rare book that is both emotionally moving and scientifically stimulating…”

Karen’s work has been published in a dozen languages, and featured widely in the media, including BBC, CBC, Good Morning America, Huffington Post, New York Times, NPR, Guardian, and the Sunday Times.