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Bird Brain Map Gets Major Revisions
2013-09-18 08:24:14

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Using state-of-the-art genetic and diagnostic tools, researchers from Duke University and the University of California, San Diego have re-contextualized the map of the avian brain, as described to two separate papers published in the Journal of Comparative Neurology. The researchers noted many similarities between the avian brain and mammalian brain – leading them to conclude that all vertebrates have more in common with respect to...

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2012-10-11 09:44:36

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Learning to adapt voice is a trait commonly shared among humans, bats and several songbirds, as well as some larger mammals. But a new study, published in the October 10 issue of the journal PLoS ONE, has taken this vocal attribute to new heights after discovering that mice also have the ability to change their voices. The finding contradicts the long-standing assumption that mice cannot learn to adapt their voices. Although it...

Genetics Could Explain Parrots Ability To Parrot
2012-07-05 04:42:15

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Scientists say they have put together a more complete string of genetic letters that may control how well parrots learn to imitate their owners and other noises. Researchers unraveled the certain regions of the parrots' genome using a new technology, single molecule sequencing, and fixing its flaws with data from older DNA-decoding devices. Researchers also decoded hard-to-sequence genetic material from corn and bacteria as proof...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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