Two Birds With One Stoned

A group of researchers studying the effects of alcohol on speech decided to get some birds drunk. They divided a group of zebra finches – birds that learn and produce sounds similar to humans – into two groups. One sipped pure juice and the other a mixture of ethanol and juice. The results may shock you. Or not. Jeff and Anthony wonder how a group of researchers can spend grant money intoxicating birds, and why the fact that they slur their tweets is news to anyone.

A group of researchers studying the effects of alcohol on speech decided to get some birds drunk.  They divided a group of zebra finches – birds that learn and produce sounds similar to humans – into two groups.  One sipped pure juice and the other a mixture of ethanol and juice.  The results may shock you.  Or not.  Jeff and Anthony wonder how a group of researchers can spend grant money intoxicating birds, and why the fact that they slur their tweets is news to anyone.

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Today’s story: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2014/12/31/drunken-birds-slur-songs/#.VLzEhUfF98G

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