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Songbirds Sing In 3D
2013-01-08 19:14:57

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Since both human and songbird infants learn vocal communication at an early age, the cognitive mechanisms behind bird songs have a rich history of groundbreaking research. However, an international team of scientists decided to take a deeper look into the physical mechanics behind birds´ vocalizations, according to a new study in the open access journal BMC Biology. "We know quite a bit about how the songbird brain...

2011-12-22 06:21:33

(Ivanhoe Newswire) — Spinal degeneration is an unavoidable part of aging, and it can lead to spinal cord compression causing problems with dexterity, numbness in the hands, ability to walk, and potential bladder and bowel function. According to this study, patients with spinal cord compressions also had changes in the motor cortex of the brain. The study involved 11 healthy controls and 24 patients with reversible spinal cord compression. "When patients undergo surgery for spinal...

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2010-06-30 07:31:25

Wide range of pitch is due to vocal muscles more than air pressure Female zebra finches don't sing but make one-note, low-pitch calls. Males sing over a wide range of frequencies. University of Utah scientists discovered how: The males' stronger vocal muscles, not the pressure of air flowing through their lungs, lets them sing from the B note above middle C all the way to a whistle beyond the high end of a piano keyboard. "You have two variables "“ air pressure and muscle activity...

2009-08-28 10:27:11

Salpinx, barbiton, aulos, syrinx.Never heard them? Never heard of them? Neither had anyone else, for centuries. Until now.These were all musical instruments, familiar to ancient civilizations but long since forgotten.Ancient instruments can be lost because they are too difficult to build, or too difficult to play, but they can be heard again thanks to the ASTRA (Ancient instruments Sound/Timbre Reconstruction Application) team. These researchers accomplish this feat using computer modeling...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • 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.'