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Loud Launches: Researchers study how rocket noise affects endangered wildlife

Rocket launches are extreme events, for both animals and humans. “When the [space] shuttle lifts off, main engines roar so loud that a person standing near the pad would be killed, not by the heat from the exhaust, but by the noise of the engines,” Rodney Rocha, former chief structural engineer at NASA Johnson Space… Read More »

A strange thing happens when you read a background noise

Background noise like chatter in a coffee shop or the hum of passing traffic might slow down our reading speed, but according to a study of Russian readers, it doesn’t affect how well our brains understand written text. The study looked at the effects of auditory noise and visual distractions such as typos or poor… Read More »