No matter where you are, your voice is a product of how swiftly pressure waves move through your larynx and the frequency at which your vocal cords vibrate. But when shouted into different gases of varying densities, the same noises take on new forms. Here’s how a few extraterrestrial atmospheres could change your tune.
Human vocal cords quiver at frequencies adapted to a Goldilocks atmosphere— not especially dense or light. Our air’s plentiful nitrogen and scant carbon-dioxide molecules don’t absorb many vibrations, so sound also happens to carry well.
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They Might Be Giants
A photographer-and-ecologist team are on a mission to document the forests’ mightiest members.
Covid-19 made face masks a crucial part of every outfit, and we’re likely to don them in the future when we feel ill. Fortunately, there’s a style for every need.
Landing a Lifeline
For those whose livelihood depends on the ocean, a covid-spurred interruption in the seafood market might speed progress toward a more sustainable future—for them and for fish.
Headtrip – Your brain on video chat
Dating, Catching up with family, and going to happy hour are best in person.
Behind The Cover
Butterflies may seem delicate, but they are surprisingly tough.
Tales From the Field – A cold one on mars
Kellie Gerardi, bioastronautics researcher at the International Institute for Austronautical Science
The Needs Of The Few
Designing with the marginalized in mind can improve all of out lives.
Life On The Line
On the Western edge of Borneo, a novel conservation-minded health-care model could provide the world with a blueprint to stop next pandemic before it starts.
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why can't i forget how to ride a bike?
LEARNING TO PEDAL IS NO EASY FEAT.
Can Cats Predict Earthquakes?
Are animals’ powers to foretell natural disasters fact or folklore?
The “Machine That Eats Up Black Farmland”
After decades of discriminating against Black farmers and ignoring their complaints, the USDA is promising to do better. Again.
Black Land Matters
After a century of dispossession, young Black farmers are restoring their rightful place in American agriculture.
Too Little, Too Slow, Too Late Is Not an Option
On climate change, it is a lot later than a lot of us want to admit
YOU WANTED LOTS OF BLOOD? ‘MORTAL KOMBAT' LISTENED
The first death in the “Mortal Kombat” reboot occurs less than three minutes in, which is actually pretty coy. This is a movie, after all, based on a video game where the point is bloody violence.
BUILD ME UP
The joys of creation and destruction in SIMCITY 2000
GOOGLE EARTH ADDS TIME LAPSE VIDEO TO DEPICT CLIMATE CHANGE
The Google Earth app is adding a new video feature that draws upon nearly four decades of satellite imagery to vividly illustrate how climate change has affected glaciers, beaches, forests and other places around the world.
Dead Storms and Literature's New Horizon: The 2020 Neustadt Prize Lecture
During the Neustadt Prize ceremony on October 21, 2020, David Bellos read the English language version of Kadare’s prize lecture to a worldwide Zoom audience.
Welcome to Wonderlland
Page Pardo left a career in law to live the rustic life with 200 animals.
The Hunt For Planet 9
Beyond Neptune, a handful of small worlds are moving in harmony. Astronomers think they might be dancing to the tune of a third world lurking in the darkness, one that’s four times bigger than Earth and significant enough to be named our Solar System’s ninth planet. Now they think they know exactly where to look for it…