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2009-01-12 08:47:31

Songbirds such as swamp sparrows appear to sing sophisticated, hard-to-produce songs in hostile situations, a U.S. university researcher said. When challenged, male swamp sparrows escalate their vocal performance by increasing the frequency range and speed of their songs, a study by University of Miami biology graduate student Adrienne DuBois said. The findings add to researchers' understanding of how birds use signals to communicate, DuBois and her colleagues said. Vocal performance was...

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2009-01-09 12:20:00

Birdsongs are used extensively as models for animal signaling and human speech, offering a glimpse of how our own communicating abilities developed. A new study by Adrienne DuBois, a graduate student at the University of Miami (UM) College of Arts and Sciences Department of Biology, shows that the Swamp Sparrow has the ability to emit songs that are physically difficult to produce during hostile situations, implying that songbirds use sophisticated vocal performances as signals in aggressive...


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tesla
  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.