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Bats Sing Sort of Like Birds
Bats Sing Sort of Like Birds
Bob Grant | Mar 1, 2017
Some bat vocalizations resemble bird songs, though at higher frequencies, and as researchers unveil the behaviors’ neural underpinnings, the similarities may run even deeper.
Researchers Study Rodent Songs They Can’t Hear
Researchers Study Rodent Songs They Can’t Hear
Joshua A. Krisch | Mar 1, 2017
Mice and rats produce ultrasonic signals to attract mates.
Untangling the Social Webs in Frog Choruses
Untangling the Social Webs in Frog Choruses
Tracy Vence | Mar 1, 2017
Frogs and other anurans call to attract mates, and individuals must strive for their voices to be heard in the crowd.
From Cricket Choruses to <em>Drosophila</em> Calls
From Cricket Choruses to Drosophila Calls
Jef Akst | Mar 1, 2017
A handful of insect species communicate using auditory signals—sounds that researchers have dubbed “song.”
The Mystery of Whale Song
The Mystery of Whale Song
Kate Yandell | Mar 1, 2017
Structured whale songs are shared by group members and evolve over time, but the calls’ functions are still unclear.
Fish Use a Variety of Sounds to Communicate
Fish Use a Variety of Sounds to Communicate
Kerry Grens | Mar 1, 2017
Many fish species click, grunt, growl, grumble, or hum—but is it music?
Plants’ Epigenetic Secrets
Plants’ Epigenetic Secrets
Jef Akst | Feb 1, 2017
Unlike animals, plants stably pass on their DNA methylomes from one generation to the next. The resulting gene silencing likely hides an abundance of phenotypic variation.
RNA Interference Between Kingdoms
RNA Interference Between Kingdoms
Kerry Grens | Feb 1, 2017
Plants and fungi can use conserved RNA interference machinery to regulate each other’s gene expression—and scientists think they can make use of this phenomenon to create a new generation of pesticides.
May the Force Be with You
May the Force Be with You
Ning Wang | Feb 1, 2017
The dissection of how cells sense and propagate physical forces is leading to exciting new tools and discoveries in mechanobiology and mechanomedicine.
Repurposing Existing Drugs for New Indications
Repurposing Existing Drugs for New Indications
Anna Azvolinsky | Jan 1, 2017
An entire industry has sprung up around resurrecting failed drugs and recycling existing compounds for novel indications.