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What the Quietest Place on Earth Sounds Like

As humans with, let’s be honest, middle of the road perceptual abilities, we’re both fascinated and terrified by creatures with incredible senses. We’re amazed that sharks can sense a drop of blood in a large volume of water, but we sometimes think twice about swimming. We are astounded that bears can smell our food from literally miles away, but we think twice about camping with unsecured meals. Now imagine if there was a creature with hearing so incredible that it would make us think twice about even speaking. If you wanted to stay safe, how quiet could you possibly get?

In my latest episode of Because Science, and thanks to the fantastic new horror film A Quiet Place, I’m taking you to one of the quietest places on Earth. Inside a very particular chamber in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the ambient sounds are so soft that they fall below the threshold for human hearing. People say a place like that could drive you crazy…

How do the the quietest places on Earth eliminate so much sound that they are quieter than our definition of dead silence, and if you were hiding from sound-hunting aliens, how could you use that science to save yourself? Watch my latest episode to find out!

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