Harvard team uses rubber to mimic complex birdsongs

Cambridge, Massachusetts – Researchers at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences have developed a simple rubber-based device that mimics complex birdsongs.

The device uses air blown through a stretched rubber tube to re-create birdsongs found in nature, including those of zebra and Bengalese finches.

The research team was led by L. Mahadevan, Lola England de Valpine professor of applied mathematics, of organismic and evolutionary biology, and of physics. He is also a core faculty member of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired…

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