Science: Sonic Doom

Can jet noise kill?

Scientists have long suspected that living or working within earshot of a major airport can be dangerous to health. Studies have linked high noise levels to hearing loss, nervous breakdowns, ulcers, hypertension and birth defects. Now a professor of the University of California at Los Angeles brings worse news: jet noise may kill.

Aero-acoustics Expert William Meecham of the U.C.L.A. School of Engineering and Applied Science reports that people who reside within a 3-mile radius of Los Angeles International Airport have a 19% higher death rate than people who live six miles away. Most of the difference was in...

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