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The Mechanics Of An Elephant's Voice
2012-08-03 05:40:41

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online African elephants are known to communicate with infrasound - extremely low-pitched vocalizations - over a distance of miles. These infrasounds are at a very low frequency rate, fewer than 20 Hertz per second, and are generally below the threshold of human hearing. A new study, published in the August 3 issue of Science, shows that elephants rely on the same mechanism that produces human speech, and the vocalizations of other mammals,...

2009-12-07 12:24:00

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Dec. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- "You can't teach an old dog new tricks," it's often said. In fact, you can. However, old myths about pets continue to be passed down from generation to generation. "While some myths are harmless, others can be dangerous if pet owners believe them and act on them," says Mark Nunez, DVM, president of the CVMA. "That's why it's important to check with your veterinarian to find out if a commonly held belief is really true." Untrue myths about cats...

2009-11-10 08:20:00

ST. LOUIS, Nov. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Ever wonder what your cat does all day when he is home alone? Wonder no more. Friskies® brand cat food finally answers the question that many cat owners have always pondered: What does my cat do when I am not at home? Dedicated to providing cats with vast sensory experiences to help them be happy and healthy, Friskies is announcing the results of a first-of-its-kind cat "focus group(1)" that reveal there's more to life than a cat nap...

2009-07-13 14:40:00

Researchers recently reported that felines have found a way to manipulate humans through vocalizations. A team at the University of Sussex discovered that cats use a "soliciting purr" to overpower their owners and garner attention and food by producing a sound that incorporates a "cry" with a similar frequency to a human baby's. Cats have tapped into a human bias by producing a sound that humans find very difficult to ignore, the researchers wrote in the journal Current Biology. Lead author...

2008-10-05 18:00:10

By MIKE LOCKLEY MY mate returned from a spot of sea fishing to find his wife waiting in a skimpy neglige and primed for a night of passion. "Not now, Maureen," he snapped, spilling his slippery catch onto the kitchen table. "I've got a haddock." Read Keogh the cat's purr-fect blog at www.sundaymercury.net (c) 2008 Sunday Mercury; Birmingham (UK). Provided by ProQuest LLC. All rights Reserved.

2006-06-12 14:48:48

By Sarah Coffey NEW YORK (Reuters) - Ten cats in search of owners will spend the next 10 days in a New York store window, their every move caught on camera for a reality TV show on which they will compete for best sleeper and mouse-catcher. The show is the creation of a petfood company and will be shown on cable channel Animal Planet, as well as on the Web site www.MeowMixHouse.com where viewers will be asked to vote off one feline contestant each day. The cats, chosen from shelters...

Word of the Day
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'