When looking to find a new apartment, house, or even city to live in, noise is something pretty high up on most people’s priority lists for consideration. Do the neighbors like to party? Is there a lot of urban development and construction in the area? Is there a dumpster right under my window that a garbage truck will come and empty twice a week at 7 am?
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We all know what it's like to be subjected to high levels of noise, whether it's having been in a congested city center, at a rock show, a construction site, a sporting event, or in a night club, and we all know of the dangers of prolonged exposure. But what happens when things get a little...too quiet?
Silica, also known as quartz, is a naturally occurring mineral. You can find it in all sorts of construction materials, and it is also occasionally used in household products. Microscopic, crystalline particles of quartz called silica dust have been shown to increase your risk of cancer.
That something so small can do so much damage seems hard to believe – so how exactly can silica dust cause cancer?
Construction in close proximity to residential areas is always a delicate affair. It's a balancing act between finishing the project on time and maintaining amicable relations with the community. That's why it's important to be on top of any threats of disturbance, particularly that of noise.Read more →
The terms volume and loudness do not refer to the same thing; however, people do interchange them, which can cause confusion. In the acoustics world, precision in language is important.Read more →
Silica does not normally present a major threat to health because it is bound up in materials and not present in the air we