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Could playing music under 120 bpm slow spread of COVID-19?

South Korea has decided to restrict gyms from playing music at over 120 beats per minute (bpm) during group activities like aerobics and spinning.  By WALLA!    Asian women workout (illustrative) (photo credit: INGIMAGE)   In South Korea, they’re struggling with another coronavirus wave. Instead of closing the gyms the government stated that it’s forbidden to play […]

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Rattlesnake rattles use auditory illusion to trick human brains

By Ben Turner  The trick is a surprising instance of mammal-snake coevolution. The Western diamondback rattlesnake, one of the species of rattlesnake known to use frequency jumps to trick the ear. (Image credit: Tobias Kohl)   The menacing rattle of a rattlesnake’s tail is far more sophisticated than first thought, as the sound can create an auditory […]

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Hearing the Forest for the Trees: Foliage Acoustics and Green Noise Barriers

Written by: Alex Odom Aside from the popular philosophical question asking if a tree falling in a forest makes a sound, the most common arboreal inquiry I get as an acoustical consultant get is: “Can we block the noise with trees instead of a noise barrier?” The short answer is “no”, trees are not particularly effective when […]

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Frogs increase pitch of calls to overcome Melbourne’s traffic noise

Melbourne’s worsening traffic isn’t just posing a problem for motorists — even frogs are being drowned out by the noise. Wes HoskingExclusive   January 21, 2021 – 8:00PM A symphony of frogs in the rainforest. VIDEO: Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures Frogs are cranking up their croaks to overcome Melbourne’s noisy traffic. The amphibians not only increase […]

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Residents who complained about WestConnex construction noise ‘sent $600 headphones to keep quiet’

Residents who live above underground construction for the WestConnex project say they were offered noise-cancelling headphones to keep quiet over the racket. Work is underway underneath Waterloo Street in Rozelle in Sydney’s Inner West and locals say the noise is non-stop. “Roaring, rolling thunder day and night,” David Anderson told 9News. When Mr Anderson complained […]

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‘Noise pollution’ of senior citizens playing pickleball has suburb outraged

Pickleball is the highlight of many senior citizens’ days in Ridgewood, NJ.Tamara Beckwith   Time to call the mayor. The game — an easy-on-the body hybrid of badminton and tennis — has become wildly popular with seniors during the pandemic, as it allows for socially distanced physical activity. But the town of Ridgewood, NJ, is […]

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How to stop your headphones from damaging your hearing

By Sophie Aubrey With our lives increasingly spent plugged into our phones and computers, you possibly find your ears are frequently sporting headphones. As it stands, one in six Australians suffers from hearing loss, and the number is expected to rise to one in four by 2050, says Professor David McAlpine, the academic director of Macquarie University Hearing. […]

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Quick and Quiet: Supersonic Flight Promises to Hush the Sonic Boom

  Resembling a futuristic paper airplane, this aircraft holds the secret to quiet supersonic commercial travel over land. The X-plane aims to turn the sonic boom associated with supersonic flight into more of a sonic heartbeat. The Bell X-1, piloted by U.S. Air Force Capt. Chuck Yeager, reached 700 mph on Oct. 14, 1947. At […]

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Encounter Bay whales may be escaping construction noise from Granite Island causeway

Construction noise from pile drilling for the new Granite Island causeway is driving mother whales away during birthing season, conservationists say. Clare PeddieClimate & Environment Editor A southern right whale has returned back to the sea after a brief stay in Wallace Lake on the New South Wales Mid North Coast.   WHALE watchers and […]

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Open-plan office noise increases stress and worsens mood: we’ve measured the effects

Libby (Elizabeth) Sander, Bond University July 5, 2021  If you’ve ever felt your noisy open-plan office makes you cranky and sends your heart racing, our new research shows you aren’t imagining it. Prior to the pandemic 70% of office-based employees worked in open-plan offices. Employee complaints about this design are rife. Yet there is little experimental research investigating the effects of […]

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