Scientists use frogs for all kinds of things in their studies, but this latest study is particularly interesting as they attempt to find out whether or not a frog's "ribbet" can be used to help us better utilize wireless sensor networks. All of that croacking sounds like a cacophony of noise to untrained earis, but if you listen closely, frogs in range avoid overlapping noises in order to ensure all voices are heard and messages are conveyed. Could you imagine if people did that? My family loves to interrupt one another to excitedy ask a question about a story, which drives some of the in-laws who didn't grow up with us nuts, but this kind of system would definitely be helpful for those who are routinely unheard.
The same goes for wireless sensor networks, and scientists are hoping they can use the same kind of system that frogs use in order to make it happen. It will be interesting to see if they're able to succeed.
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