Barbara Tuchman’s seminal book, The Guns of August, describes the old-world precepts that dictated the thinking for the start of the First World War and much of the first three years of one of the worst conflicts the planet. It might be some hundred plus years ago, and the worst pandemic followed it since the plague of 1665.
The war over the future of work should not be compared to these two awful events. Still, thinking about what the future of work looks like is equally dependent on old-world precepts around the idea of working in the office versus working remotely.
Before, urban white-crowned sparrow’s breeding territories were almost three times as loud as rural territories, the study found.
But during the pandemic, researchers noted that noise levels in urban areas were drastically lower. In fact, they were consistent with traffic flow in the mid-1950s.
“In other words, the Covid-19 shutdown created a proverbial silent spring across the SF Bay Area,” researchers noted.
By analyzing traffic flow data from the Golden Gate Bridge, researchers found that vehicle crossings from April to May 2020 returned to levels not seen since 1954. While noise recordings are not available from the 1950s, researchers said this indicates that a