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October 21, 2014

Its Genitals are Deafening

photo by Piet Spaans

The male lesser water boatman is the loudest insect on Earth relative to its size. It lets loose a mating call that reaches 99.2 decibals. That’s about the same as standing in front of an oncoming freight train. The noise is so loud you can even hear them from the bottom of a river. And […]

Hear the Mysterious Hum

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A low humming sound has come to Woodland, a small town in England. With only a population of 300, the normally-quiet streets are being searched for the unknown hum. Unable to find the source of the noise, the residents have called on the city council to figure it out. Similar hums have been heard before. […]

This just in: Cicadas are Really Loud

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The unrelenting hissing drones on when these bugs come to town. Every 13 years or so the cicadas fly in and make a whole lot of noise. Recently a professor actually measured the wall of sound at 86 decibals. 86 decibals is about the same loudness as a train whistle. It’s much louder than human […]