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How Loudly Does a Snail Slither?

What if you could block all that sound out, and listen to the tiniest sounds?

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The world around us is filled with noise, from the roar of cars and planes to our own quiet swishing around. But what if you could block all that, and listen to only the tiniest of sounds? Could you hear a snail slither? What about a centipede’s little legs?

Recently, the BBC show “Bang Goes the Theory” tried to listen to teensy sounds, inside of an anechoic chamber. Using two types of microphones, they can actually hear the squirm of a maggot and the legs of a centipedes—as long as they hold their breath:

H/T The Kids Should See This

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Rose Eveleth is a writer for Smart News and a producer/designer/ science writer/ animator based in Brooklyn. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Scientific American, Story Collider, TED-Ed and OnEarth.

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