Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Mice can sing, scientists learn

And the Grammy goes to . . . .

According to a neurobiologist at Washington University in St. Louis, the ultrasonic chirps of male mice are songs. This conclusion, based on a new study, allows mice to join whales, bats, insects and birds in the select club of animals that sing.

But the chirps are eight octaves above middle C on a piano - about two octaves too high for humans to hear. So a researcher makes the songs audible by shifting the pitch with software or by slowing down the playback, like spinning a 45 rpm record at 33 rpm. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch covers this beat.

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4 comments:

AsianSmiles said...

LOL Sis! We almost had the same post today! I'm glad you did it.

Can't imagine if men had the same behavior when they see women! Must be a whole new world if that happens!

lol

Deb S. said...

AsianSmiles, you are so funny. It would be a new world, wouldn't it? We'll see if we hear from the guys on this one. :-)

Deb S. said...

Here are some of the other headlines that appeared across the country about this same story:

* Study: Male Mice Sing When Females Near
* Male mice sing songs of love
* Study: Mice sing in the presence of mates
* Mice Apparently Sing For Their Sweeties
* Male mice serenade females, scientist says
* Male mice woo mates with silly love songs
* Mice, too, can warble romantic melodies
* Scientists find sex keeps mice wired for sound

Rose said...

I saw the little mice on the news just singing their little butts off...they called it another American Idol..