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2014-08-18 03:30:06

Brown University Decades of research on how bats use echolocation to keep a focus on their targets not only lends support to a long debated neuroscience hypothesis about vision but also could lead to smarter sonar and radar technologies. Amid a neuroscience debate about how people and animals focus on distinct objects within cluttered scenes, some of the newest and best evidence comes from the way bats “see” with their ears, according to a new paper in the Journal of Experimental...

2014-07-30 23:14:46

Transformative online learning platform incorporates seamless sign-on. New York, NY (PRWEB) July 30, 2014 Triumph Learning, producer of critically acclaimed K-12 texts and interactive digital tools, expands its partnership with Clever to include integration with district student information systems and seamless single sign-on with Instant Log-in without additional charges. The collaboration allows teachers and students to access Waggle with one click, and relieves teachers and...

birdsong decoded
2014-07-20 09:50:04

Queen Mary, University of London Scientists from Queen Mary University of London have found a successful way of identifying bird sounds from large audio collections, which could be useful for expert and amateur bird-watchers alike. The analysis used recordings of individual birds and of dawn choruses to identify characteristics of bird sounds. It took advantage of large datasets of sound recordings provided by the British Library Sound Archive, and online sources such as the Dutch...

2014-06-28 13:07:37

University of Missouri The evolution of language in humans continues to perplex scientists and linguists who study how humans learn to communicate. Considered by some as “operant learning,” this multi-tiered trait involves many genes and modification of an individual’s behavior by trial and error. Toddlers acquire communication skills by babbling until what they utter is rewarded; however, the genes involved in learning language skills are far from completely understood. Now, using a...

New Weakly Electric Fish Species Reflects Hope For Peace In Central Africa
2014-04-11 14:05:39

Pensoft Publishers Two new species of weakly electric fishes from the Congo River basin are described in the open access journal ZooKeys. One of them, known from only a single specimen, is named "Petrocephalus boboto." "Boboto" is the word for peace in the Lingala language, the lingua franca of the Congo River, reflecting the authors' hope for peace in troubled Central Africa. On a 2010 field trip to the Congo River of Democratic Republic of the Congo, in the riverside village of...

big brown bat in flight
2014-03-29 05:33:03

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online While experts have long known that bats use ultrasonic calls to locate insect prey, research published earlier this week reveals that males have a second distinctive set that essentially allows them to call dibs on a potential meal. The new study, which appears in Thursday’s edition of the journal Current Biology, explained that there is a correlation between these special sounds and changes in the flight behavior of other bats....

2014-03-27 23:04:03

University of Maryland scientists discover that male big brown bats emit a special call - different than the ones they use to navigate in flight - that tells their comrades to “back off” from bugs they’ve claimed for themselves. A video animation in .mov format is available on request. College Park, MD (PRWEB) March 27, 2014 Look into the spring sky at dusk and you may see flitting groups of bats, gobbling up insect meals in an intricately choreographed aerial dance. It’s well...

2014-03-27 16:22:01

COLLEGE PARK, Md., March 27, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Look up into the sky at dusk this spring and you're likely to see small groups of bats flitting here and there, gobbling up their insect meals in an intricately choreographed aerial dance. It's well known that echolocation calls keep the bats from hitting trees and each other. But now scientists have learned some bats emit another call: one that tells their comrades to "back off" from bugs they've claimed for themselves....

Ripple Effect Used By Bats When Hunting Frogs During Mating Season
2014-01-24 12:56:12

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As male túngara frogs call from their puddles to attract females, they create ripples that spread across the water. According to researchers at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama, these ripples are used by other male frogs to assess their competition – and also by bats looking for their next meal. If it sees a bat flying overhead, a male túngara will stop calling – yet ripples continue moving for several...

Invisible Light Patterns Help Bees Find Food Even On Cloudy Days
2014-01-08 05:06:45

Ranjini Raghunath for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Bees are excellent navigators. Once they stumble upon a food source, they keep coming back to the same spot without faltering. They also have a great sense of smell and can recognize color patterns and symmetry in flowers – admirable feats for an insect whose brain is the size of a sesame seed. Scientists have long known that bees use the sunlight like a compass to map their route to the flowers full of succulent dew. They also...


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tessitura
  • The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
This word is Italian in origin and comes from the Latin 'textura,' web, structure.