WHO@ Newsletter - April 18, 2011

I couldn't make this up if I tried...They go gaga over Lady Gaga
Whales can't resist a catchy pop tune: study

Humpback whales love a good hit single, and every year a new catchy pop tune spreads among the male underwater crooners, said an Australian study released Thursday.

The men are the only ones who sing, likely in the hopes of making some lady whale swoon, according to the research published in the US journal Current Biology.

If there is a whale version of the King of Pop, he likely resides off the coast of eastern Australia, because that is where the popular tune of the season has always originated for the past decade, researchers said.

The hit-making tune then ripples eastward across the South Pacific Ocean, from Australia to French Polynesia, infecting genetically distinct groups of whales who all start singing the same song during breeding season.

In typical pop music fashion, the tunes are not all that original most of the time, said researcher Ellen Garland, a graduate student at The University of Queensland.

"It would be like splicing an old Beatles song with U2," Garland said. "Occasionally they completely throw the current song out the window and start singing a brand new song."

The 11-year study described itself as the "first documentation of a repeated, dynamic cultural change occurring across multiple populations at such a large geographic scale."

What remains a mystery is why the whales all sing the same song, when presumably their efforts are meant to make them stand out against the pack.

"We think this male quest for song novelty is in the hope of being that little bit different and perhaps more attractive to the opposite sex," said Garland.

"This is then countered by the urge to sing the same tune, by the need to conform."

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(DISCLAIMER: The following news items were found on the web and were not written or endorsed by WHO@; they are for informational purposes only)

Facebook groomer fools families with fantasy - 04/18/11
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Tampa parents sue school district after student's 'sexting' suicide - 04/14/11
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Email rates Ipswich High girls without prom dates - 04/14/11
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Police have condemned a website urging witnesses with information about the shooting of a five-year-old girl caught in apparent gang crossfire not to 'snitch'. The site has been set up to tell people not to come forward about the attack on Thusha Kamaleswaran almost two weeks ago.

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Woman Describes Confrontation With Neighbor After Webcam Discovery - 04/11/11
Formal charges may be filed this week against an Erie man suspected of planting a webcam in his neighbor’s home. Gordon Schumacher, 35, faces charges of second degree burglary and unlawful sexual contact in the case. Nicole Bernard described to CBS4 the frightening discovery of the cam and then the confrontation she had with the man who apparently was responsible.

Doctor contracts seek to silence unhappy patients - 04/11/11
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