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The Quietest and Loudest Sounds in the World

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Meet Noisy. The robot that… make noises. Most people don’t appreciate his somewhat
strange purpose, and find him irritating at best. But in all actuality, this little robot can
provide a unique excursion into the world of sounds, because his memory contains all
the tones of the universe. Today we’ll find out just what Noisy can
do, and discover a lot of intriguing things along the way. It’s pretty easy to help him, all I need
to do is set my imagination free and give him a challenge! Let’s try this. Noisy, can you give us the quietest sound
imaginable? Hmm, it seems like nothing’s happening here. We’re…..still waiting, Noisy. Oh, I know what the problem is. The loudness, or should I say quietness of
this sound, is nearly immeasurable, because what Noisy is broadcasting right now is the
sound of air molecules moving around us. And they move all the time, vibrating, and
therefore technically making a sound. This is why the superhuman characters in movies
seemingly have so much trouble adapting to their powers, like super hearing: they can
hear the air itself, and anything else would be too much noise to deal with! Good thing we don’t have to worry about
that, so let’s move on and come up with another task for our little robot friend. Noisy, can you make the sound of the quietest
room in the world? The sound here is around -20dB, which means
that it’s 20dB below the hearing threshold of our ears. This room isn’t just quiet; it’s basically
swallowing any sound it encounters. This room is called the Microsoft chamber,
and is found in Redmond, Washington. It holds the Guinness World Record as the
quietest place ever. Wow, it seems like my own voice became a little
muted here. That’s happening because Noisy isn’t just
playing recorded sounds – no memory can contain this much information. Instead, sounds are coded in his memory by
their qualities, like intensity, pitch and even the density of the space they’re spreading
through. Noisy is a one-of-a-kind robot that, using
these qualities, can make the air itself move as if a particular sound was manipulating
it. This gives us the unique opportunity to hear
anything – from the depths of the ocean, to the vacuum of space. For example: Noisy, what would be the quietest
sound that we could actually hear? Sounds familiar. This is the sound of you calmly breathing,
and your heart beating. At just 10 dB, we won’t ever notice it in
our everyday life. But remember that we’re still in the quietest
room in the world, so you can hear it clearly. Fun fact: we aren’t used to hearing our
own heart and lungs. Our mind perceives these sounds as a distress
call, because if your heart beats loudly and your breath is too heavy – this typically
means that you’re in danger. The brain will desperately scramble to figure
out the reason for this reaction; which is why no one, to this day, was able to be in
the anechoic chamber for longer than 55 minutes. It’s really uncomfortable! Let’s move on to something more tangible. To hear 60 dB I don’t even need Noisy. This is about the volume of me talking to
you right now. Or anyone talking to anyone else, actually. A change of 50 dB may seem drastic, but this
level is a real comfort zone for our ears. Turn the volume up another 50 dB, and you’ll
run from the source of the noise as fast as you can! Am I right, Noisy? He knows all about it. And here, something strange happens. Noisy, give us the sound of traffic, please. It’s just 10 dB louder than a normal conversation,
but I swear it sounds like something ten times louder than that! This is because our ears aren’t precise
instruments of sound perception. In reality, they’re constantly working in
tandem with our brains, forming a way to adapt sounds to be convenient for our hearing. As I already said, the key definition of a
sound’s loudness is in its pitch and intensity. We’re naturally programmed to hear high
pitched sounds as if they were louder than others. And anyone who has an annoying alarm waking
them up in the morning can tell you that! This a natural adaptation that makes it easier
for us to react to the high-pitched sound of a baby crying; it’s an uncontrollable
reaction of our mind to find the source of the high pitched sound, like the baby, and
make sure that it’s not a distress call. We also don’t perceive intensity as it actually
is. If you raise the intensity of any sound, it
won’t make any difference to your ear until a certain point. It’s easy to represent this way: Noisy,
please give us the traffic noise once again. Now make it sound like 10 different streets
with traffic around us. Yeah, that’s enough, Noisy, thank you. The sound just doubled its volume. It’s called the rule of thumb for loudness:
If the source of the sound is multiplied by 10, it’ll sound only twice as loud to our
ears. They don’t detect minor changes in volume;
this is the reason why it’s easier for us to measure sound in decibels, which is the
same as 10 bels. A change from 60 dB to 61dB just won’t make
any difference to us at all. Noisy, do you know any piano melodies? Yeah, perfect! And now, show us how loud a roaring truck
is. Thank you! Both things you’ve just heard are normally
around 80dB. They have the same level of loudness, but
one is pleasant to us and another is barely tolerable! This is another quirk of our hearing that
proves that we don’t just have a couple of microphones in our head, but a complex
system that can adjust the loudness of any sound depending on how we perceive it. But here comes the point where another fluke
happens in our perception. At 100 dB, the intensity won’t matter, whether
it’s a trombone, an elephant trumpeting, or a helicopter –they’d all sound equally
loud because we’re getting closer to our limit. Noisy, don’t take it personally, but can
you present all the following sounds to us from inside this semi-soundproof chamber? The safety limit of our ears is situated at
around 120 dB. Any sound beyond that would be painful to
hear at a close distance. These are sounds like the cymbal crash in
a band, a police siren, or a jet plane taking off from the ground. But there are a lot of sounds that lie in
that dangerous territory that we can explore. For example, in the animal world, there’s
no species louder than a sperm whale. This majestic creature can produce a series
of sounds at the astonishing level of 230 dB. No human being could bear this much noise
– it’s far beyond our reach of perception. This sound can travel for 10 miles underwater,
and it’d be a good idea to stay out of its range. Another underwater animal that can literally
stun with the sound it makes is the tiger-pistol-shrimp. Yep, from one of the biggest animals in the
history of our planet to one of the smallest. But it isn’t called pistol-shrimp for nothing. In fact, it’s louder than its namesake. This shrimp can clap his claw and shoot a
stream of water so powerful that it creates a bubble with a high force, which, when it
pops at 200 dB, will stun every fish within a 6.5ft radius. And then they’ll probably get eaten for
lunch. The loudest sound ever registered on our planet
was the sound of the Krakatoa volcano eruption in 1883. The sound waves from this explosive event
went around the whole Earth 4 times, and were clearly audible 3,000 miles away from the
volcano itself. Even Noisy gets a little scared when we’re
getting to this part of the excursion. Still, there are even greater powers in our
universe than this one. There was a sound detected that’s as powerful
as 100 million supernova explosions. And don’t even try to ask Noisy to make
this noise out loud. He can, but he won’t, because he doesn’t
want our planet to explode. Normally it’s quite hard to tell how loud
objects in space are, because in the vacuum of cosmos, there might only be very thin gas
that can’t transfer soundwaves. Except when we’re talking about a black
hole in the Perseus galaxy cluster. This monster can produce a sound that would
cover thousands of light-years around it, even if there’s little to no gas in this
space. Even a brave little robot like Noisy is scared
of this one! Hey, if you learned something new today, then
give the video a like and share it with a friend! And here are some other videos I think you’ll
enjoy. Just click to the left or right, and stay
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100 thoughts on “The Quietest and Loudest Sounds in the World”

  1. BRIGHT SIDE says:

    What's the most annoying sound in the world? 🙂

  2. Jared Solano says:

    well i can hear my heartbeat and breathing whenever i do 100 oushups or above then turn of our electric fan tso i can hear it clearly

  3. Poland Mapper says:

    Me: puts on volume 5 talking: muted

  4. HUGHgamingHD , says:

    is ther a deadly hard sound?

  5. Kisu Ke says:

    Wait I can hear the quietest sound it’s a music tu..tutu tutu.tu I heard it without headphones and with my 30% volume phone! What???

  6. Rocket Man Dan says:

    We’re forgetting the Mine Diamonds parody

  7. Aaron Kenworthy says:

    1:52 it’s a voicebox

  8. jovan antic says:

    The most annoying thing is air attack siren… Here in Serbia everyone knows that annoying sound from 1999 when Nato has bombed our cities.

  9. Miko Monk says:

    What t he name if that background music

  10. Obo necessary819 says:

    The loudest place in the internet is the comment section lol

  11. The good gamer pro says:

    How did you change your intro in the video

  12. Alija Musemic says:

    You shold put your intro how it sounds in my room in 3 AM

  13. B_LUE says:

    Pistol shrimp

  14. gender Gendie Roblox says:

    An Motorcyce going fast as 220 Miles in a tunnel:Am o a joke to you

  15. gender Gendie Roblox says:

    7:30 kidma similar to Lugia's Cry
    (Edit:In the Anime)

  16. SuperKitten950 says:

    *laughs in cat meowing at 2 am*

  17. ΜΑΡΙΝΑ ΒΛΑΧΑΚΗ says:

    140 dB?! VERY PAINFUL!

  18. Roblex Time says:

    ⚠️ HEADPHONE USERS WARNING ⚠️

  19. Douglas Luxenberg says:

    Ok

  20. Brianna Coultrap says:

    loudest sound:school fire alarm

  21. Ralph Rey says:

    What is the loudest sound?
    Me:Nyanyanyanyanyanyanyanyanyanyanyanyanyanyanya!!!!!
    Lululuululullululululululllllullullulululululul!!!

  22. NEgamer says:

    Trombone

    Shows a French horn

  23. Dino Terrors says:

    Noisy is bright sides versos of Alexa

  24. GearOfficialYT says:

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  25. Crystal Peebles says:

    What about x10000000000000000000000000000000

  26. Logan Ross says:

    The loudest sound is me going to scream

  27. Kyle Quilantang says:

    8:35 Really? On Indonesia

  28. The_Dark Fox says:

    My magic eight ball confirms these facts.

  29. Heather Wheatley says:

    I want everybody to die noisy I demand you play the loudest sound in the universe

  30. DAMIEN RAMIREZ says:

    Hey noisy play BTS

  31. IceT Anims says:

    I just turned the volume down on my phone

  32. Napsta Chievo says:

    wow idk about that even tho im indonesians

  33. tingying liu says:

    A black hole is equal to the sound of 100000000000000dB

  34. Jeffrey Lam says:

    I already go deaf from my speaker at school.

  35. Gavin Leong says:

    Get Noisy to make the sound that is powerful as 100 million supernova explosions! Please!!!???

  36. ItsGravelYt 697 says:

    You forgot to say "use headphones for better experience"

  37. Florita Taladua says:

    Cuuuuuuuuute robot awww =D

  38. JoshuaTheTerminator says:

    Roses are red
    Violets are blue
    Haven’t you got anything
    Better to do?

  39. rudy cerna says:

    ME YEET wait… tornado alarm is louder than a whale……

  40. Titanic says:

    The loudest sound is the fire alarm at school, everyone knows that!

  41. Christian Sekumade says:

    Wow.

  42. Ramon123Gaming Yt says:

    Doesn't Sir Pelo have the loudest sound?!?

  43. Pietro Dorin says:

    there's something louder.

    *SUPERCELL LOGO APPEARS*

  44. Papi Matt says:

    The loudest noise is a group of black girls in a mta bus

    I’m black

  45. Living Plush Films says:

    The loudest sound in the world is the fire alarms in school

  46. Claudia Recinos says:

    Play The Loudest One At Full Audio, I Dare You.

  47. Micah on The mic says:

    So i can change the DB on my ipad

  48. WILD GAMER says:

    I want a face reveal

  49. the od one says:

    Wall-E

  50. the od one says:

    I've seen the movie even though I've been born in 2010

  51. Help Me says:

    There was a French horn but he said trombone and it was making trumpet noises

  52. Duck57 says:

    Shaggy's Aura is the loudest

  53. Ramon Gao says:

    Journalists: What do you think is the loudest sound?
    Teacher: My Students when I'm away
    Students: No its our moms
    Parents: No its my mom

  54. Island Fusion says:

    Bright side: makes the 200 db limit

    My mom: aww thats cute

  55. Disus says:

    Mexicans with Mic: I am four parallel universes ahead of you.

  56. Vaultex says:

    8:09 I learned that from octonauts

  57. Michael Montoya says:

    ._.

  58. Svetla Todorova says:

    Noisy is so cute

  59. The Ultimate G. says:

    0:41, replace that with the windows sound

  60. MinecraftMcnuggets D says:

    ican hear small ness like that!

  61. Jack Willard says:

    I love noisy

  62. Unikitty and JSaB Spark Artamations says:

    HELICOPTER

  63. SharkJayden says:

    The most annoying sound is scraping on a metallic thing or a plate.

  64. Noah Miller says:

    6:20 that’s tolerable to me cause I play car games and live right next to a highway

  65. How To says:

    Just turn the wolume to 0 and everything will be silent

  66. Pinewood Builders Security Team says:

    I heard that "Quietest sound imaginable" that your robot "Noisy" did it was a music..?

  67. Allu OwO says:

    6:40 "Trombone" Shows a French Horn

  68. brian agoc says:

    Alberts scream is tooooooooooooooo LOUD

  69. DanTheMiner Youtube says:

    you forgot a persons snores

  70. Galaxy S6 says:

    0:05 here's a wall e reference.

  71. Enzo MineBlox says:

    6:41 that’s a French horn dude. Even if I’m wrong, that is NOT a trombone.

  72. Potato says:

    YAAASS MR. BRIGHT SIDE

  73. Lda2015 says:

    Does any one know how to get a noisy??

  74. Different GG says:

    hared the first one

  75. Hmm what says:

    The loudest (and the most annoying thing) thing in the world is a dad watching videos on WhatsApp.

  76. Zvaljo Ezz says:

    Deaflut dance bass boosted is the loudest i think like if you agree.

  77. Ioakim Ioakim says:

    The 10dB is to strong can anybody turn it off
    Mum:ok just let me die first
    Me:ok just kidding but i hear it

    Not joking

  78. Sulfur X says:

    Db doesn’t progress at the same rate. Like 50 and 60 are closer together than 80-90 are.

  79. The 2 Random Bros says:

    The loudest sound is probably me at midnight getting a midnight snack

  80. ANONYMOUS 420 says:

    Lol Wall-i

  81. Unicorn Lyla the real one says:

    Noisee is so cute!

  82. Kasia Dione says:

    How loud was the volcano

  83. Reza Yogi says:

    Wow Krakatau

  84. Darrius Brown- Harper says:

    He's so cute

  85. chris beresten says:

    this YAYAYAYA

  86. Micro Drew Studio says:

    Car: I’m the loudest Sound on earth!
    Train: hold my oil.

  87. Minecraft Expert says:

    Who else just turned up the sound

  88. Mohammed Islam says:

    0:42 you can hear background music

  89. Walker Albert says:

    Scratching paper is ANNOYING

  90. Skylar Atkins says:

    Noisy is so cute!!! ???

  91. David Sensal says:

    Wall-E

  92. Car Visionary Version Two says:

    4:11 ten times louder? I gotten so used to it by now I don't ever hear it (because I like 1 block from an expressway)

  93. 1 Paint says:

    fact:jets are 210 bpm for average

  94. Unit GD says:

    6:39 "whether it's a trombone"
    I don't know about you but that looks like a French horn

  95. Kaitlyn Wynn says:

    my brother

  96. nightcap43 STEALtoeBOOTS says:

    Now I’m scared of the galaxy cluster

  97. Keep dat same energy says:

    Shampoo bottle falling in the shower

  98. ProJailbreaker says:

    i could hear all the noises even the first one i'm a superhuman

  99. ProJailbreaker says:

    Lol the heartbeat one wasnt even that silent it was pretty loud i can even sometimes hear my heart

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