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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.

noise
A school of juvenile spiny chromis (Acanthochromis polycanthus)
Human-Made Noise Disrupts Fish Parenting
Christie Wilcox, PhD | May 23, 2022 | 3 min read
The roar of nearby boat engines alters how fish care for and protect their young, resulting in fewer successful nests and smaller offspring, a study finds.
An illustration of a woman in bed unable to sleep. The bedside clock reads 2:30. Her brain and heart are glowing.
Infographic: Pathways from Noise to Cardiovascular Damage
Thomas Münzel and Omar Hahad | Jun 1, 2021 | 2 min read
Research in mice and humans points to oxidative stress and inflammation as likely drivers of noise-induced health effects such as hypertension and heart disease.
Contributors
The Scientist Staff | Jun 1, 2021 | 4 min read
Meet some of the people featured in the June 2021 issue of The Scientist.
Clip art of a crane, car, and plane flying over a city outside the window of two people in bed not sleeping, with a starry night background
How Environmental Noise Harms the Cardiovascular System
Thomas Münzel and Omar Hahad | Jun 1, 2021 | 10+ min read
Sound from cars, aircraft, trains, and other man-made machines is more than just annoying. It increases the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Balaenoptera physalus, fin whale, seismology, acoustic, earthquake, recordings, ocean
Whale Song Echoes Help Scientists Map the Ocean Floor
Asher Jones | Feb 12, 2021 | 2 min read
By analyzing how fin whale calls bounce off the seafloor, scientists can recreate ocean crust layers.
Pandemic Shutdown Altered Bay Area Birdsongs
Ruth Williams | Sep 24, 2020 | 4 min read
As shelter-in-place orders quieted the city of San Francisco, its sparrow population developed softer, sexier songs.
Proposed Seismic Surveys Raise Concern Over Health of Marine Life
Ashley Yeager | May 11, 2018 | 5 min read
The Atlantic has been free of intense air-gun blasts to probe for oil and gas for 30 years, and researchers fear for endangered North Atlantic right whales and other animals.
Biologists Will Be Listening to the Eclipse
Kerry Grens | Aug 18, 2017 | 2 min read
At 100 sites around North America, field recorders are set to record natures’ response to the blotting out of the sun on Monday.
How Traffic Noise Affects Tree Frogs
Richa Malhotra | Jan 18, 2017 | 2 min read
Constant exposure to the sounds of a busy road can impact a male European tree frog’s stress levels, immune system, and vocal sac coloration, scientists show.
Do Mine Ears Deceive Me?
R. Haven Wiley | Sep 1, 2015 | 3 min read
A new approach shows how both honesty and deception are stable features of noisy communication.
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