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Bubbly but quiet

An array of air bubbles in a rubber-like material can be made to block the transmission of sound. This finding might help in the design of soundproof walls for music rooms and urban apartments.

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Thomas, E. Bubbly but quiet. Nature 462, 990–991 (2009). https://doi.org/10.1038/462990a

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