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Mice Learn Songs Like We Do

Males match pitches with each other: study

(Newser) - That mouse terrorizing your kitchen could be the next Marvin Gaye. The creatures are capable of learning songs in a similar fashion to humans, a study finds—a rare capability among animals. Earlier research has established that male mice sing songs to woo females, at pitches that humans are incapable... More »

Hot Girls Are Bad for You, Dude

Men stress out in the presence of beautiful women: study

(Newser) - For men, being alone with an attractive woman can be unhealthy. Researchers monitored young male and female subjects tasked with solving a Sudoku puzzle on their own. When men were left alone with attractive women, they experienced elevated levels of cortisol, the body's stress hormone. Consistently elevated levels of cortisol... More »

Office Romance Comes Out of the Supply Closet

More employees see no reason to hide their love, and bosses are on board

(Newser) - The stigma of office romance is swiftly slipping away, bringing a time-honored—and surprisingly traditional—method of courtship out into the open. A recent survey shows 67% of employees see no reason to pretend they’re not dating a coworker, up from 54% in 2005. And no wonder. “The... More »

Mating Calls Bare More Than Desire

Courtship 'song' of desert creatures conveys complex info

(Newser) - Like human songs, animal calls are said to spur courtship, but what exactly does each wail and snort signify? To find out, a pair of Tel Aviv zoologists studied the mating songs of furry little rock hyraxes in the Judean desert. The researchers found that male hyrax courtship "songs"... More »

Bill Talks of Love for 'Gifted' Hill

Bares their youthful romance at Yale Law

(Newser) - In an unusually personal speech aimed at softening his wife's image, former President Bill Clinton spoke about his early days at Yale Law School courting Hillary, who struck him as "the most gifted person in our generation." People sometimes characterize his wife as calculating, but "she has... More »

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