Noisy November on tap

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Did you know a human scream can travel more that half mile — or that a baby's cry at 115 decibels is louder than a car horn?

Did you know cats can make 100 different vocal sounds, while dogs only make 10?

These are a few of the sound-wave factoids that are sprinkled throughout the NOISE! interactive exhibition through December at the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge.

Museum visitors can play and experiment with sound-wave physics in a variety of ways in the NOISE! exhibit.  

Change the movement of Styrofoam beads in a tube by adjusting the frequency of vibrations. See how sound alone changes perception of a scene by coordinating soundtracks with film clips.  Watch how waves of air pressure transfer into models of the outer ear to the middle ear and inner ear.

Do you react faster with your eyes or your ears, when you register your reaction time to a task?  Make music and use the mallet to strike wrenches of various sizes and lengths, or use flip flops to play the pipe organ.

The public can also take advantage of the Nov. 19 free evening museum admission for the family-friendly Noisy Nights at AMSE music.

This month features Pistol Creek and the Catch of the Day, a country music and Bluegrass band.

Noisy Nights will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

The American Museum of Science and Energy is at 300 S. Tulane Ave., Oak Ridge.

It is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The public is reminded that the museum will be closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.  

Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for ages 65 and older and $3 for ages 6-17; ages 5 and younger are admitted free.  

For more information on museum membership, exhibits, programs, activities and events, visit to www.amse.org   

To schedule a group visit, call 865-576-3200.