P’shaw, scientists, what do they know…

Scientists Reveal How Hummingbirds Sing with Their Tail Feathers [VIDEO] – International Business Times http://newyork.ibtimes.com/articles/211694/20110910/hummingbird-sing-feather-flutter-sound-male.htm

During its courtship ritual, a male hummingbird would climb into the air 5 to 40 meters and dive-bomb down past a female. At the lowest point of his dive, the male would swiftly spread and close his tail feathers, making the fluttering sound. Clark and colleagues collected feathers from 14 species of bee hummingbirds, and examined their sound-producing ability using a Scanning Laser Doppler Vibrometer, an instrument that is used to measure the vibrations of a surface. When the winds were as fast as the hummingbirds’ dive speed, the feathers vibrated rhythmically, producing a shriek. More than individual feather, multiple feathers placed side by side amplify the sound, produced a louder noise by interacting with one another. The fluttering of one feather cause a neighboring feather to flutter, just like how the vibrations of one tuning fork may cause another nearby tuning fork to similarly vibrate, said the scientists. The volume of the flutter also increases when the flying speed becomes faster.

Yes, they get their name mainly from their method of trying to hook up.   I’m told making impressively loud noises in front of human females is also considered a sign of high futility.

So the question remains, which came first the humming bird, or the bellowing beast? (Science is fun like that with the infinite recursive questions and all)

Do they do they same when someone *living* is lazy with their password?

NationalJournal.com – FBI Investigates Hacking of NBC News Twitter Account – Saturday, September 10, 2011 http://mobile.nationaljournal.com/tech/fbi-investigates-hacking-of-nbc-news-twitter-account-20110910

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating the Friday afternoon hacking of NBC News’ Twitter account, the news organization reported on Saturday. The bureau’s computer crimes unit said that they were still collecting information, and did not discuss any specifics or suspects.

A group calling themselves the Script Kiddies broke into the account on Friday. Multiple false tweets were sent stating that hijacked planes had crashed into Ground Zero, just two days before the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

NBC was lax in security, so we have to use public money to degrade their integrity?

Oh…and a ‘script kiddie’ is usually some young techie with access to someone else’s hacking tools.  Which is to say, there’s several million if them in basements across the nation.  It’s not an organized group, its like a character class.

In this case, I’d guess a WiFi stiffer and lax security and the culprits.  Why the FBI is involved is a bit beyond me, other than being on hyper-alert right now.