Archive: 12/4/2006

Cities change the songs of birds

By studying the songs of a bird species that has succeeded in adapting to urban life, researchers have gained insight into the kinds of environmental pressures that influence where particular songbirds thrive, and the specific ...

Dec 04, 2006 3.3 / 5 (4) 0

New biosensors from the blood of llamas

An unusual protein found in the blood of llamas has enabled scientists to develop a quick, simple method for making antibodies that could be used in a new generation of biosensors. The biosensors could detect deliberate environmental ...

Dec 04, 2006 2 / 5 (1) 0

Vanishing beetle horns have surprise function

The function of horned beetles' wild protrusions has been a matter of some consternation for biologists. Digging seemed plausible; combat and mate selection, more likely. Even Charles Darwin once weighed in ...

Dec 04, 2006 3.5 / 5 (13) 0

Ray Charles really did have that swing

Ray Charles was really good at snapping, said musical acoustician Kenneth Lindsay of Southern Oregon University in Ashland. Charles's snaps that open "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)" are timed so well ...

Dec 04, 2006 2.9 / 5 (7) 0