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Modified from the cover of <em >The Sounds of Life</em>
Opinion: Listening to the Biosphere Is Key Step in Saving It
New insights into the functionality of nonhuman sound may help us conserve nature and protect ourselves from excessive noise.
Opinion: Listening to the Biosphere Is Key Step in Saving It
Opinion: Listening to the Biosphere Is Key Step in Saving It

New insights into the functionality of nonhuman sound may help us conserve nature and protect ourselves from excessive noise.

New insights into the functionality of nonhuman sound may help us conserve nature and protect ourselves from excessive noise.

acoustics
Oysters&rsquo; shells were made into concrete and other materials used in construction during the Industrial Revolution.
Scientists Use Sound to Attract Baby Oysters Back to the Reef
Ian Rose | Aug 15, 2022 | 5 min read
Meet the team trying to restore mollusk populations with the help of underwater speakers.
Bat perching upside down in a cave.
Some Bats Buzz Like Hornets to Deter Predators
Natalia Mesa, PhD | May 9, 2022 | 2 min read
The behavior is the first example of a mammal mimicking a more-dangerous species.
Several tadpoles in clear eggs
Slideshow: How Animal Embryos Eavesdrop on the Outside World
Amanda Heidt | Nov 1, 2021 | 4 min read
Watch and listen to reptiles, amphibians, insects, and birds respond to sound from inside their eggs.
Eavesdropping on Soil Insects Could Aid Pest Management
Michael Graw | Nov 1, 2019 | 5 min read
Insects in the soil are difficult to monitor, but listening in on the noises they make could help farmers detect pest infestations and improve estimates of biodiversity.
Unhatched Gulls Shake Their Shells to Warn Siblings of Danger
Nicoletta Lanese | Jul 23, 2019 | 2 min read
The unborn chicks translate auditory alarms from adult birds into quaking vibrations.
Infographic: Shaken Loose
Ruth Williams | Dec 1, 2018 | 1 min read
How acoustic waves let researchers measure whether, and how firmly, cells are bound to a substrate
Image of the Day: Acoustic Camouflage
Kerry Grens | Nov 14, 2018 | 1 min read
Moths’ scales vibrate in the frequency range of bats’ echolocation calls, perhaps helping the insects to avoid predation.
Image of the Day: Ear Candy
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jun 14, 2018 | 1 min read
Scientists recorded three different types of narwhal sounds in East Greenland.  
The Caterpillar that Cries Wolf
Mary Bates | Sep 22, 2017 | 3 min read
In a case of acoustic deception, caterpillars mimic bird alarm calls to defend themselves.
A Rainforest Chorus
Karen Zusi | Dec 1, 2015 | 5 min read
Researchers measure the health of Papua New Guinea’s forests by analyzing the ecological soundscape.
Jungle Field Trip
The Scientist Staff | Nov 30, 2015 | 1 min read
Travel to remote rain forests in Papua New Guinea with researchers from The Nature Conservancy who are working with native people to characterize ecosystems there using sound.
Whaling Specimens, 1930s
Amanda B. Keener | Sep 1, 2015 | 3 min read
Fetal specimens collected by commercial whalers offer insights into how whales may have evolved their specialized hearing organs.
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