Last year, a German primatologist named Eva Luef at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Seewiesen, Germany, made a ridiculously wonderful observation about gorillas, our furry cousins who split from humans evolutionary about 10 million years ago. While in the Republic of Congo, Leuf noticed that the populations of two groups of wild western lowland gorillas have the habit of humming and singing food songs to themselves while they eat (!!!!), and the world is all the better with this newfound knowledge.While chimpanzees and bonobos have previously been known to make food-related noises, the phenomenon has never been documented with gorillas. Plus, while analyzing her observations, she realized that gorillas actually make two different types of sounds while eating. As Brian Owens of New Scientist describes them, one sound is a “a steady low-frequency tone that sounds a bit like a sigh of contentment” (Editor’s note: which is adorable), and the other sound is “a series of short, differently pitched notes that sounds a little like someone humming a random melody” (Editor’s note: which is also adorable).Leuf also noticed that gorillas don’t “sing the same song over and over” when they’re “composing their little food songs;” rather, each one is totally unique. Most importantly, according to a gorilla handler at the Toronto Zoo, Ali Vella-Irving, “Each gorilla has its own voice: you can really tell who’s singing. And if it’s their favorite food, they sing louder.” Again, I will repeat for emphasis: If it’s their favorite food, they sing louder. Never have I felt such close kinship with out hairy gorilla cousins.Gorilla Sighing From Contentment While Eating Gorilla Singing A Happy Little Ditty To Itself While Eating Across gorillas in captivity and in the wild, Leuf noted that only the dominant silverback males sang happy food songs in the wild, positing that this may be the way the alpha male ensures order during meals and lets the rest of the group know when its time to start and stop eating. Meanwhile, in the egalitarian setting that is captivity in a zoo, all gorillas can joyfully express their contentment at eating mostly stems, bamboo shoots, fruits, and sometimes termites, ants, and their larvae. Great work gorillas, sounds delicious! Humanization of gorillas briefly aside, researchers are now using this information to research the evolution of language as well as to give insight into the food calls of other species, so besides being my favorite fact I’ve ever learned, there’s also future insights that will continue to come from this adorable observation. [H/T New Scientist]
A new arsenal of cleaner, quieter, and climate-friendly landscaping equipment will soon join the electric carts and hybrid police cars already traversing Harvard Yard. Campus Services is equipping crews in the Yard with electric, battery-powered leaf blowers, grass trimmers, and tree pruners. These tools are much less noisy than conventional equipment and emit no air pollution. The move follows last year’s successful pilot program on the Science Center Plaza where workers found the commercial battery-powered versions performed just as effectively as those using gasoline.“Our hope is that as technology improves we can expand the pilot to other parts of campus and incorporate battery-powered mowers and chainsaws,” said Wayne Carbone, Manager of Landscape Services. While some workers across campus still use gas-powered tools, they operate at a reduced decibel level and at limited times of the day.Implementing best practices in sustainable operations and acting on climate are two key commitments in Harvard’s University-wide Sustainability Plan, which is focused on enhancing the wellbeing of people and the planet. The Plan includes a commitment to develop Sustainable Landscaping Standards by 2020 based on Campus Services’ award-winning Organic Landscaping Program.
He is under contract at MLS side DC United until the end of the 2021 season but reports suggest his wife Coleen is homesick and has returned to Britain with their children.Reports of Derby’s interest in the former Manchester United star emerged shortly before the side, under new boss Phillip Cocu, opened their Championship campaign with a 2-1 victory at Huddersfield on Monday.“It’s literally only been a couple of days in the offing,” Derby owner Mel Morris told Talksport.“The starting point was that we understood he (Rooney) was keen to return to the UK and we decided to see if we could do something off the back of that.“It’s never done until it’s done and obviously we are very focused and keen to get this over the line.”Premier League side Burnley and second-tier West Brom have also reportedly declared an interest in Rooney, who is the record goalscorer for England and United.Rooney has engineered an upturn in DC United’s fortunes since he arrived from Everton and teammate Steve Birnbaum said he had had a major impact.“He’s changed everything, he’s changed the culture of the club,” Birnbaum told the Daily Telegraph.“The work ethic he puts in during practice and you guys see it in the games. We have this sort of confidence or swag going into games because of him.”Rooney gave short shrift to questions about his future last week.“Is that what was in the media? That my wife has got her own way?” he told AFP.“Those reports are a bit far-fetched. I’m concentrating on playing for DC United and trying to get them into the playoffs. I haven’t thought about anything beyond that.”Rooney has made no secret of his desire to move into coaching following contempories including Ryan Giggs, John Terry, Steven Gerrard and Phil Neville.“Coaching is something which I have thought about for a long time,” Rooney said.“I’m in the process now of going through my badges. It would be a shame for me to finish playing and just walk away from the game.“I have a desire to go into management and hopefully the right opportunity will come up.”0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Derby bound? Wayne Rooney is holding talks with the Championship side over a player-coach role © AFP/File / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 6 – Wayne Rooney could be on his way to Championship side Derby after owner Mel Morris confirmed on Tuesday that the club were attempting to finalise a move for the former England captain.The 33-year-old has been linked with a player-coach role at Pride Park, where his former England teammate Frank Lampard was given his first opportunity in management last year.