NewScientist: Mice are rarely the source of romantic inspiration, but it now appears that male mice may serenade potential mates with melodies approaching the complexity of bird song. Mouse songs are sung at ultrasonic frequencies, which is why no one has noticed their complexity before, nor indeed been moved to celebrate the tunes in romantic poetry.
Tim Holy and Zhongsheng Guo, of Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis, Missouri, US, recorded the vocalisations made by male mice in the presence of female pheromones. They then digitally modified them to drop the pitch by several octaves into the range of human hearing. You can listen to a male mouse producing a snatch of song, here, and a more determined croon, here.
If I had a decent cellphone, It’d make a sweet ringtone!
Bro called from New Port Richey. Apparently he’s going to live up in Tampa now…That’s a good number of hours away, if he’s actually going there. I’m pretty much all for it. He’ll be away from his “buddies”, or if he’s not, they’ll be away from my domain. He says that he’ll be down once a month to get medicine from his doc, but that sounds like bull.
I’m very happy that it’s Friday. I need a break from this week.
Rearranged the yahoo ads on my site, put them in newtcam and other inner areas, removed ’em from the front page which was too cluttered already.
New replacement motherboard is in, I may be back on SL by Tuesday!
Hey, some Tori Amos
from Little Earthquakes
Silent All These Years
Tear In Your Hand
from Under the Pink
Pretty Good Year
Bells For Her
Cloud On My Tongue
from Boys For Pele
List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they’re any good, but they must be songs you’re really enjoying now. Post these instructions in your Livejournal along with your seven songs. Then tag seven other people to see what they’re listening to.
They Might be Giants – Where do they make balloons? (lyrics and such here)
suzanne vega – Blood Makes Noise
neutral milk hotel – king of carrot flowers
peter gabriel – shock the monkey
the peanuts – mothra’s theme
queen – another one bites the dust
seal – make someone happy
I tag anyone who wants to share!
1 year ago – gorilla wake, dcf snag, favorite things
2 years ago – Yuletide toe-warmer poll, creepy news, Cute Newt Pic, Medicare, clucks
3 years ago – desert dreams, “no hands” kitty, palm doodles, nice cards
4 years ago – menstruation/bear attack, Bear armor, tic tac poll
5 years ago – hungrybaby/mcnoggin, Hello Kitty Smelting furnace, Asplundh letter, why web journals suck, meat hats, comic book wrapping