Posts Tagged ‘biology’

The Improbable Platypus

March 24, 2022

The Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) is a duck-billed, semiaquatic, egg-laying mammal. Biologists explain, as much as is possible.

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Life Under Ice

January 14, 2021

John Priscu of Montana State University seeks life in the ice-covered lakes of Antarctica. A Quanta Magazine video.

More:

“He Found ‘Islands of Fertility’ Beneath Antarctica’s Ice,” Steve Nadis, Quanta Magazine

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Whale Pop Songs

April 16, 2011

Whale Pop Songs

Humpback whale males sing. So, do whale daddies teach tunes to half-pint humpback sons? Think about it: how many hot babes wanna hear your ol’ man’s favorite music? Eeww! Stick it in your spout-hole, Dude!

New humpback whale songs spread through the ocean just like your fave tunes. Scientists call this horizontal cultural transmission. We call it Pop Music.

Yo humpbacks: Rave on, Dudes!

 More:

“Catchiest Mating Songs Spread Through Whale Populations Like Top 40 Hits,” Veronique Greenwood, Discover Magazine blog

Bonus: Golden Oldie Humpback Music Video

 

Top image (“Humpback Whale Wails”) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

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