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Frog Love

A scientist has discovered the amazing ability of a species of tree frog to change the pitch of its mating call to match the resonant frequency of the tree hole he hangs out in. As NPR's Christopher Joyce reports, this enables the lovelorn frog to give his call maximum volume...and when the air space inside the tree hole changes (as rainwater fills it), he modifies his call to again reach maximum volume. (4:15)

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Christopher Joyce is a correspondent on the science desk at NPR. His stories can be heard on all of NPR's news programs, including NPR's Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition.