Josh Kurutz answers the burning questions of what estrogen, testosterone, amino acids and other NMR spectra sound like

Lily-of-the-valley_vizHz.pngWhat sound does an aroma make? Using the same protocols he developed to create other audible NMR spectra, Dr. Kurutz simply used commercially available fragrances as samples. So now you can listen to smells!

Dr. Josh Kurutz, senior scientist for NMR, was a guest speaker on "Clever Apes," WBEZ's show that explores the Chicago area's rich scientific community, its quirky characters and the mind-bending questions they're out to answer.  On the February 15, 2012 episode of Ask an Ape, a listener asked a question about magnets.  The show chose to take this simple question and needlessly complicate it, by delving into nuclear magnetic resonance. Atoms in a strong magnetic field will align with (or against) that field, like little compasses. If you then feed them some radio waves, they’ll broadcast them right back to you. Who cares?  Well, this allows you to identify mysterious atoms and molecules … and it also plays music, sort of. 

Dr. Kurutz gave the show a little primer. He has made art from the resonant signals of molecules, as well as lots of other great nerdy stuff. Listen to the audible NMR spectrum of emotionally-charged estrogen and testosterone as well as amino acids in proteins and many other sounds of science at JoshKurutz.com.

Click here for the full article on the WBEZ website.