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beatbandito wrote:Well shit, I guess they got out of the city. I thought I just checked the site earlier this year and didn't see anything new.
There was an April Fool's page a couple years back where they actually did make it out, only to discover civilization had recovered and kept the city as a memorial to the war. I thought that would've been a fine place to end the comic, well, but here we are.
But more on topic, how do they even calculate stuff like hypothetical planets made of blueberries?
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Rodents' Talk Isn't Just 'Cheep'
Gunnison's prairie dog can describe and warn others of an approaching coyote or a red-tailed hawk, and do it by "name." There are consistent chirps that denote the presence of humans and even non-predators like skunks or badgers. There are specific calls for cows, elk, prong-horned antelope and domestic cats, and these calls are consistent across prairie dog colonies, [biologist Con Slobodchikoff, also of NAU] says.
"In human speech recognition, you know what the important sounds are," such as vowels and consonants, says Placer. For prairie dogs, the scientists believe that they can find the equivalents of vowels and consonants within the alarm calls and thus learn how the calls are structured. So far, they have trained a computer to recognize three key prairie dog calls more than 90 percent of the time based on this technique. It's a far cry from the futuristic translating device that Placer envisions -- a trained human who understands prairie dog call variations could do this more efficiently -- but "it's a start," says Placer.