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Teen Skepchick’s Reality Checks 4.18

The Whale Wails edition

The mating songs of Humpback whales travel throughout communities. “This MJ-style spread of songs is cultural transmission on a massive scale, a scale that hasn’t been seen beyond humans before. Over the course of 11 years, researchers saw (or rather, heard) these songs ripple across six whale populations and thousands of miles of ocean. One song even turned up in the Atlantic. There are several possibilities as to how, points out Wired Science: ‘The songs could be carried by males who move between populations, bringing new tunes. Humpbacks could also share songs while mingling on migrations.’” (via Discoblog)

Evidently, there are people who can function on only 5 hours of sleep. Lucky skunks… (via NPR)

“Upon blind faith they place reliance. What we need more of is science.” (via Punctuated Equilibrium)

Peeps! (via The Washington Post)

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