We've all seen weather maps showing moving storm cells. But have we ever heard them?
Using an OpenSource program call SuperCollider, researchers at Penn State started to sonify hurricane data.
They discovered changes in hurricanes, not easily shown visually, can be quickly identified once the data is turned into sound. Turns out our ears are quicker and better at following multiple patterns simultaneously.
The researchers hope this might help save lives during big storms, but also think sonification of complex data sets, can & should, play a more important role in science, technology, engineering and maths.