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Posts tagged communication

January 14, 2009

 

Wasp eating a caterpillar

The Conversation of Wasps and Roses

Rose bushes and other plants have a time honored method of communicating with yellow jackets and other wasps.

January 13, 2009

 

Large African elephant in wilderness

Quiet! This Noise is Hurting My Feet

Cowboys in Western movies sometimes puts their ear to the ground to listen for a stampede or wagon train. Elephants can also communicate by hearing vibrations.

January 12, 2009

 

Termite soldier in grass

Termite Headbangers

Termites have been known to produce thumping or rattling sounds in their subterranean homes.

December 22, 2008

 

Minnows swimming at river bottom

For Minnows, A Suicidal Survival Strategy

If a minnow's skin is damaged by an attacking pike, it releases a chemical that attracts more pike. Why would a minnow want to attract more trouble?

November 4, 2008

 

Crayfish on Rock

Urine Signalling, Part 1

It's strange, but true: lobsters and crayfish communicate by shooting streams of urine at each other. It sounds bad, but many animals produce this as language.

June 11, 2006

 

women talking with hands

Gestures

They help us to communicate information more clearly, and they can make that information more memorable to our listeners.

March 21, 2006

 

a hirtella plant stem and leaves

Trap-building Ants

Many studies are done on ant behavior, but these amazing Amazonian ants are especially tricky.

September 8, 2005

 

Cats on the Blink

Cats send all sorts of nonverbal signals, both to each other and to us humans. One of those signals is a blink. Learn more on this Moment of Science.

June 9, 2005

 

Purring

Scratch a friendly cat behind the ears and she’s likely to reward you with a deep purring. Have you ever wondered exactly how a cat makes this noise, and why a cat would want to do so in the first place? Learn more on this Moment of Science.

March 24, 2005

 

Speaking with Tongues

Studying the way parrots vocalize can help scientists better understand the way humans vocalize. Learn more on this Moment of Science.

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