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2010-12-06 13:40:00

Eavesdropping on mice for clues about how humans process sound They are quiet as church mice ... or are they? It turns out there is a racy conversation going on in this biology lab at Washington State University in Vancouver, Washington; one that might make a preacher blush! But the conversation isn't between scientists, but rather three very sighted and excited mice. "The patterning of these vocalizations could be very important in determining whether or not the female mouse wants to mate...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'