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V.23 No.44 | 10/30/2014

news

The Daily Word in Branson, Bronson, bats and bands.

The Daily Word

Space tourism may not happpen.

Brittany Maynard decided to die.

The World Trade Center is open for business.

You can buy a Microsoft Band right now, if you want.

Relax to the soothing sounds of bats.

Bats invaded a courthouse in Utah.

It’s a good time to learn more about bats.

Hyundai/Kia will pay $360 million for lying about fuel economy.

Daredevil Nik Wallenda survived his latest tightrope stunt in Chicago.

Meanwhile, an extreme sports enthusiast laughed in the face of danger by impulsively jumping onto a floating whale carcass surrounded by sharks.

A new “ruby slippers” app allows you to trigger responses on your phone by clicking your heels.

Taylor Swift removed her music from Spotify.

Here are some ideas for your next stupid rock band tattoo.

Gary Johnson says Hi.

Alexandra Greenwall’s disappearance and return remain shrouded in mystery.

The DOJ/APD settlement agreement aims to overhaul law enforcement practices in Albuquerque.

Happy birthday, Charles Bronson.

V.23 No.41 | 10/9/2014

news

The Daily Word in gay marriage, rabid bats and stolen balloons.

The Daily Word

The Supreme Court rejected appeals from five states seeking to ban gay marriage.

A rabid bat attacked a guitar-playing camper on video.

Get ready for a new nine-episode Twin Peaks series.

The BTK killer is writing a book about his exploits.

The Coast Guard rescued a man inside a plastic bubble who was trying to run from Florida to Bermuda inside it.

Test your knowledge of Motorhead.

Paul Revere died.

A balloon was stolen from the Nativo Lodge.

A shooting threat ruined Homecoming for Cibola High School.

Marble Brewery won big at the Great American Beer Festival.

Happy birthday, Matthew Sweet.

V.22 No.28 | 7/11/2013
The Asian corn borer
photo by Ryo Nakano
The Asian corn borer

Science

What Sounds Sexy to a Moth?

¡Viva la Science!

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On the importance of language
Moths avoid bats. It’s nothing personal, just an understandable desire not to get devoured. In the perpetual evolutionary arms race between the nocturnal creatures, moths seem to have developed ears for the sole purpose of hearing bats’ echolocation cries—because if you want to avoid becoming someone’s midnight snack, getting wind of their approach is key.

Do you remember that part in Dead Poets Society where Robin Williams asks his students why language was invented? “To communicate,” suggests one. “No!” he replies, “To woo women.” Well, humans aren’t the only mammals that have a way of making everything about sex. Until recently, scientists believed that moths could hear sounds, but not produce them. Turns out, though, that most male moths make sounds when they want to engage in a little nookie. And not just any sounds, either—their calls are distinctly bat-like.

A sensory physiology researcher from the University of Southern Denmark, along with colleagues from the University of Tokyo, has been studying two different species of moths to find out exactly how sound is used for courtship. It’s not quite the same for everyone.

The Japanese lichen moth
photo by Ryo Nakano
The Japanese lichen moth

In the Asian corn borer, a moth much prettier than it sounds, males make a call that’s indistinguishable from a bat’s hunting cry. Females instinctively freeze at the sound, making it harder for the bats to find them. But in Asian corn borer society, immobility apparently equals consent, because when a female holds still, that’s when the magic of reproduction can happen.

On the other hand, male Japanese lichen moths also make sounds like bats gone a’hunting. But the females of that species aren’t fooled—they can tell the difference between a bat and a suitor. The sound the males make, then, has evolved into a specific mating call.

“The acoustic communication between bats and moths is a textbook example of the interaction between predator and prey,” says Annemarie Surlykke, the researcher from Denmark. “However, our studies show how such a system can evolve, so also moths use their ability to hear and produce sounds to communicate sexually and that they have developed many different ways of doing it. It is a beautiful example of evolutionary diversity.”

If you were wondering how moths can make sounds like bats without attracting their mortal enemies, the key seems to be volume. Moths essentially whisper their calls while only inches apart, whereas bats are pretty much just screaming through the night sky. Spooky! Since we humans aren’t equipped to hear any of it, you’ll just have to imagine what sweet nothings moths murmur to one another.

Source: Science Daily

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V.21 No.19 | 5/10/2012

dreams

Rowdy’s Dream Blog #250: A white bat flies from the light pole.

I sit with my dad at night on a pickup truck tailgate in front of our house. A white bat flies from the light pole across the street. It lands on my hand. I turn him upside down and it reaches up and bites me. My arm goes numb.

V.21 No.8 |

news

The Daily Word in Leap Years, wins for Romney and APS lockdown

The Daily Word

Kick out the jams, it's Leap Day!

Catholic priest in Washington D.C. denies lesbian communion at her mother's funeral mass, leaves during eulogy.

Romney manages to win in Michigan and Arizona.

Lockdown at 5 APS schools after student found with gun.

Hilarious 9/11 joke.

Was that the dean from "Community" accepting an Oscar on Sunday?

I'm sorry, but this is just jacked.

McDonald's newest/saddest sandwich is the McBaguette.

The Pirate Bay replaces all torrent links with magnet links, nothing really changes.

Women's health experts discuss birth control.

Kickstarter poised to provide more arts funding than the National Endowment of the Arts.

Was Elvis' manager, Colonel Parker a murderer?

New bat species discovered in Vietnam.

After seeing these official LEGO Avengers sets, I'm still not sure who the villains in the movie are going to be.

Trouble in Bronyville.

Nice collection of unproduced Star Wars merchandise.

Is it even possible to fix The Phantom Menace? (YES!)

"The Wire" wind up toys you'll never see in your happy meal.

Say it with me: umami

Happy Birthday Dennis Farina!!!

V.20 No.35 |

NEWS

The Daily Word in Labor Day history, Canada's crazy week, and more vintage sexism.

The Daily Word

The History of Labor Day.

Family trio jailed in Alamogordo murder case.

NBA owner and union representatives have another meeting to discuss lockout. Hours of talks don't bring the end any closer, though some say no news is good news.

Who wore it better? Lady Gaga or this guy?

Canada has had a crazy week with another human foot washing ashore in Vancouver, 3 accidentally-cannabis-brownied office workers, and an Ottawa man who desecrated the Grand Canyon.

Lobos lose opening game to CSU Rams 14-10.

Be sure to check your cheap laptops before you take them home just to, ya know, make sure they aren't really stacks of paper wrapped in duct tape.

Man sues his coworkers for his share of their $99 million lotto winnings.

California PhD student swears off mirrors for a year.

Jose Maldonado caught a fairy (yeah, thanks, Nick Brown).

Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo.

New "demon" bat species found in Taiwan.

"So you admit it! Your coffee really is murder!" Men being rude to their wives about bad coffee in vintage commercials.

V.20 No.18 | 5/5/2011

news

The Daily Word says farewell to bats, Osama bin Laden, Meredith Viera and the Morning Fix.

The Daily Word

Bin Laden and Hitler were both declared dead on May 1.

Pro wrestler John Cena announces bin Laden’s death.

One guy announced that Obama died.

I thought this was funny. Here’s a link for “best jokes at the Whitehouse Correspondents’ Dinner.”

God save our bats.

And reveal our lost cities.

Fare thee well, Meredith Viera. We never knew ye. Really.

Upcoming elections in Germany are hidden.

Learn how to make big slices from small pizzas. Mmm! Triangles! And semi-circles!

Colorado politicians lobby to make adultery legal. Schocking.

It's the end of the Morning Fix at DCF.

Richard P. Woodsum died in a small plane smash.

Happy birthday, Jo Ann Pflug.

Thanks for the links, Tom Nayder.


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