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Hummingbirds Sometimes Change Their Tune To Attract A Mate
2014-02-15 05:49:23

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online While scientists had long believed that male hummingbirds learned the song they use to attract mates at an early age and used that one vocalization their entire life, new research from biologists at New Mexico State University (NMSU) suggests that some species are capable of changing their tunes later on in life. According to a February 13 report from Stefan Sirucek of National Geographic, Marcelo Araya Salas and Timothy Wright...

Garden Gnomes Are So Last Year, Build Yourself An Ornamental Hermitage
2013-12-20 04:51:16

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online This Christmas, a researcher from the University of Leicester in the UK has suggested giving the ultimate upgrade to the average garden gnome: an ‘ornamental’ hermit. The idea is straight out of 18th century England, when affluent landowners would cultivate a hermitage on their landscape, housing a real or imagined occupant. According to Gordon Campbell, author of “The Hermit in the Garden: From Imperial Rome to Garden...

2005-08-08 11:02:41

CAIRO (Reuters) - Renovators working in an ancient Egyptian monastery have unearthed the oldest example of a building housing Christian monks, a member of the restoration project near the country's Red Sea coast told Reuters on Monday. The cell, a building that served as the living quarters for monks, dates from between the fourth and fifth centuries and will help shed light on the early days of monastic life, said Father Maximous, a monk working at the site. "It is the oldest physical...


Word of the Day
call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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