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The Big Bang Actually Sounded More Like A Hum (Audio)

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SEATTLE - Did you ever wonder what the Big Bang sounded like? Physics Professor John Cramer at the University of Washington has spent a chunk of his career trying to recreate what the ecoustic experience was like back billions of years ago when the universe was formed.

Cramer has just released his most precise aural recreation to date of this mega, er, event. Listen below, it might surprise you, especially if you thought it would actually sound like a BANG -- or like one of these:

Or at least like this:

They say no one can hear you scream in space because there is no air to vibrate, but Professor Cramer explained to QMI Agency that the Big Bang is the exception to this -- the medium that pervaded the universe in the first 100,000 years or so was far more dense than the atmosphere of the Earth.

Press play to hear what Cramer believes the Big Bang probably sounded like.

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Indigenous Women Of Ecuador Set Example For Sustainable Agriculture

In southern Ecuador, a women-led agricultural program offers valuable lessons on sustainable farming methods, but also how to end violence.

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Women walking in Guangaje Ecuador

Camila Albuja

SARAGURO — Here in this corner of southern Ecuador, life seems to be like a mandala — everything is cleverly used in this ancestral system of circular production. But the women of Saraguro had to fight and resist to make their way of life, protecting the local water and the seeds. When weaving, the women share and take care of each other, also weaving a sense of community.

With the wrinkled tips of her fingers, Mercedes Quizhpe, an indigenous woman from the Kichwa Saraguro people, washes one by one the freshly harvested vegetables from her garden. Standing on a small bench, with her hands plunged into the strong torrent of icy water and the bone-chilling early morning breeze, she checks that each one of her vegetables is ready for fair day. Her actions hold a life of historical resistance, one that prioritizes the care of life through the defense of territory and food sovereignty.

Mercedes' way of life is also one that holds many potential lessons for how to do agriculture and tourism better.

In the province of Loja, work begins before sunrise. At 5:00 a.m., the barking of dogs, the guardians of each house, starts. There is that characteristic smell of damp earth from the morning dew. Sheep bah uninterruptedly through the day. With all this life around, the crowing of early-rising roosters doesn't sound so lonely.

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