How City Noise Affects Public Health

Over the last year, Harvard PhD candidate Erica Walker has been cycling around Boston with a decibel meter. She’s determined to map out the city’s noise to see how it affects the public’s health. “Noise is insidious,” she tells The Atlantic. “It affects you acutely, but also longterm. This is something that people don’t really talk about, but something people really suffer from.” She eventually …

Horses Can Read Human Emotions

A new study conducted by psychologists at Sussex University has revealed the surprising sophistication of horses’ social capabilities. They’re able to recognize human emotions through facial expressions and can even do so through a picture. The team showed large prints of human faces—both smiling and frowning—to 28 horses, and their reactions were clear. Horses reacting to angry facial expressions had an increase in heart rate …

The Chattiest States in the US

Market analytics firm Marchex analyzed over two million phone calls made between 2013 and 2015 to determine the fastest, slowest and most verbose states in the US. Turns out, the results aren’t too far off of what you might already expect. New Yorkers pulled way ahead of other states in terms of word density while states in the south showcased their southern drawl with slower …