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Elephant Communication Has A Specific Purpose
2012-10-03 05:04:49

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A family of elephants deep in the semi-arid African savannah gathers around a watering hole, drinking, bathing and resting. The matriarch moves away from the group, turns her back and gives the "let's-go-rumble" — as it is referred to in scientific literature. This starts a coordinated and well-timed conversation between the leaders of the family, signaling that it is time for the entire family to leave. The rumble that starts...

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2009-02-15 12:10:00

Many a love-besotted soul has declared they would move the world for their true love, but how many actually accomplish that task in their quest to unite with a lover? Poets and romantics may argue the point, but research has shown that elephants issuing calls, including those of love"”more precisely, females in estrus"”produce not only audible sounds, but also low-frequency seismic vibrations that can travel through the near-surface soils for distances up to several kilometers....


Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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