noise

A Really Bad Idea to Get Traffic Moving Faster

A hacked traffic light honks at drivers the instant the signal turns green.

The Apartment Dweller's Honest Guide to Noisy Neighbors

Learn it, live it. 

Nighttime Revelers in Paris Get Shushed By a Bunch of Silent Clowns

It doesn't get much more French than this.

FOUND: John Cage's Long-Lost Bicycle

A gear-headed noise artist attempts to find the soundtrack of a bicycle.

Road Noise: Deadly? Maybe. Annoying? Definitely.

A large share of urban dwellers live in areas where road noise is highly irritating.

For L.A. Residents Fed Up With Helicopter Noise, a Final Straw

A violin solo at the Hollywood Bowl gets drowned out, and a revolt is born.

In Los Angeles, Ideas for a Quieter Wait for Mass Transit

A UCLA researcher makes the case for several ways to cut noise at transit stations in the middle of freeways.

Traffic Noise Might Give You a Heart Attack

Louder streets have been linked to greater risk of cardiac arrest.

Sick of City Noise? Just Duck Into This Street-Corner Confessional

Modeled after Catholic confessionals, this portable furniture allows people a private place to chat away from all the hubbub.

Sparrows Actually Change Their Tune To Sing Over the Noise Of the City

A study in San Francisco's Presidio District suggests birds are adapting to the increasingly noisy city.

The Science of Quieter Cities

Tired of listening to your neighbor's shoes, the garbage truck, and the sound of car traffic? What if you didn't have to?

Streetcar Serenity

If light rail and streetcar systems are 'too quiet,' it would be an awfully nice problem to have