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  1. #1
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    Husband won't listen? Talk to a rat....

    http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn6856

    Apparently rats can tell the difference between Japanese & Dutch


    "Rats can tell the difference between Dutch and Japanese, suggests a new study. But it is not because some spy agency has bioengineered them to eavesdrop on conversations in Tokyo or Amsterdam.

    They are simply recognising the difference in rhythmic properties of the languages, says Juan Toro, a neuroscientist at the University of Barcelona in Spain, whose study is part of an effort to trace the origins of the skills that humans use to analyse speech."

  2. #2
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    And why do we care? Can they understand either Japanese or Dutch? Do they follow instructions in either language?

  3. #3
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    Astounding!

    How much grant money did it take to figure that out?
    This is my opinion, and change is good.

  4. #4
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    Maybe they can figure out why my boyfriend can suddenly speak Filipino every time I mention marriage?

    hehehe