Now, biologists from the University of Missouri have found that this readying process, called “priming,” can be triggered by sound alone. For one group of plants, they carefully mimicked what a plant would “hear” in a real attack by vibrating a single leaf with the sound of a caterpillar chewing. The other group was left in silence.

Peter Hadfield: Okay, the accents on the TV series Housos may be a bit of an exaggeration, but this is unmistakably Australian English. And even though they share the same heritage, it's very different to a Canadian accent. But how do babies go about learning these intricate sounds and subtle intonations? Contrary to popular belief, babies don't passively absorb language like a sponge, they have to work at it. And when it comes to Australian English it turns out they have to work much harder.


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