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World's Most Extreme Hearing Animal Discovered By Researchers
2013-05-08 14:45:58

University of Strathclyde Researchers at the University of Strathclyde have discovered that the greater wax moth is capable of sensing sound frequencies of up to 300kHz — the highest recorded frequency sensitivity of any animal in the natural world. Humans are only capable of hearing sounds of 20kHz maximum, dropping to around 12-15kHz as we age, and even dolphins, known exponents of ultrasound, can't compete as their limitations are around 160kHz. The research, conducted at...

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2011-07-03 08:40:00

The creature dubbed the world's loudest animal--a tiny water boatman type of insect that produces the most noise relative to body size--has been caught on tape by scientists for the first time, according to various media reports. According to Telegraph Science Correspondent Richard Gray, Dr. James Windmill of the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow and his colleagues discovered the Micronecta scholtzi, which are roughly 3/4 of an inch in size and capable of producing 99.2 decibels of...


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sough
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'
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