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Radiolab: The Pitch Drop Experiment


For the last three weeks, I’ve been in the Congolese rainforest, almost completely incommunicado thanks to a¬†finicky¬†satellite phone. While I was away, my first ever segment for NPR’s Radiolab aired, as part of an episode devoted to the subject of speed.

It’s about one of the world’s longest running science experiments, underway at the University of Queensland in Australia since 1927.

If, after listening to the piece, you’re interested in becoming a “pitch drop junkie” yourself, you can do so here. The ninth drop is expected to fall sometime in the next year. Will you be watching live?