A new sound-absorbing fabric

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by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology recently reported on a new fabric developed by scientists both at MIT and elsewhere that can suppress sound. Here is a link to the scientific article describing the new fabric’s properties. The article points out that noise is harmful — something that many still don’t understand — and that there is a need for better sound-absorbing materials.

I don’t understand all the technical details discussed in the article, but any product that might help make the world a quieter place sounds good to me. I hope that this fabric is quickly developed for commercial use and that it finds widespread application in restaurants, stores and maybe in clothing so we can all wrap ourselves in quiet.

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