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Stories by Lynne Peeples

The Sciences

Manipulative meow: Cats learn to vocalize a particular sound to train their human companions

Although perhaps not as jolting as an alarm clock, a cat’s “soliciting purr” can still pry its owner from sleep. And, when sufficiently annoying, the sound may actually coerce them from bed to fill a food bowl. 

This particular meow mix—an embedding of her cat’s high-frequency natural cry within a more pleasant, low-frequency purr—often awakens Karen McComb, a behavioral ecologist at the University of Sussex in the U.K...

July 13, 2009 — Lynne Peeples
Environment

The secret right under our (bottle)noses: What dolphins can teach us about hydrodynamics

The flippers that some marine mammals use to glide underwater have a lot in common with the wings of passenger jets and fighter planes.

An interdisciplinary team of scientists from Duke University, West Chester University and the United States Naval Academy recently found out just how similar the manmade wings and marine mammal flippers are by testing scale models in a water tunnel...

June 29, 2009 — Lynne Peeples
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