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The sudden blast of a siren, horn, or alarm has a physiological effect on us — it raises our pulse, makes us more aware, and increases our level of arousal. In many cities around the U.S., police departments have employed the use of low-frequency sirens whose sound is heard and felt. In New York City, this type of siren is known as “The Rumbler.” According to The New York Times, “The Rumbler is no louder than a standard siren. In fact, it’s quieter — 10 decibels lower, which translates to only half the volume. But because low-frequency sound waves penetrate cars better than those at a higher pitch, drivers experience [emphasis by author] the Rumbler as much louder than a standard siren.” Int

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