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In Space no-one can hear you scream

23 Nov 2016, 08:43 UTC
In Space no-one can hear you scream
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According to the World Health Organization, 360 million people worldwide have disabling hearing loss. For the remaining 95% of the population, sound is a cardinal part of our sensory experience. It allows us to communicate easily, and to better experience the natural world. So how terrifying is it for our ableist mind to have one of our senses irrevocably cut off?
Space is huge and quiet. The mere thought of it should make us insignificant. And more often than not, silence is the trope used by authors. The deafening silence of space. Things are different in other media. Most movies, tv shows and video game producers can’t deal with silence apparently, so we have John William scores, and explosions and lasers (pew pew).
‘Sound’ is defined as a vibration that propagates through a medium as a mechanical wave of pressure and displacement. (A mechanical wave means a wave that requires a medium through which it can travel.) This might seem either very specific or very broad depending who you’re asking. If we interpret it as simply the types of sound waves the human ear can hear, then yes, outer space is deadly quiet. Sound needs to propagate through ...

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