Meet Dr. Universe

Hi, there. I’m Dr. Universe. Wendy Sue Universe, that is.

Ever since I was a kitten, I’ve been digging in the dirt, gazing at the stars, exploring new places, and searching for answers to all kinds of questions about our world.

Still, some people are surprised when they discover I’m a scientist. After all, it’s not every day you meet a cat in a lab coat.

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Can frog babies hear their moms?

Baby frogs go through some pretty big changes to become grown-up frogs. They start out as tiny tadpoles with just a head and a tail to help them swim. Tadpoles can’t hear yet, though they can sense vibrations in water.

But as they change from tadpoles to frog-shaped bodies, through a process called metamorphosis, their ears develop and they can begin to hear their moms. We don’t know if they can tell if it’s their own mother or if they think it is just another frog in the pond.

I hopped on over to visit my friend Jesse Brunner at Washington State University to find out more about it.

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So, you want to be a scientist?

You are on your way! If you are thinking about becoming a scientist, reading Ask Dr. Universe is a great place to start. Get your own handy checklist or ask a question.

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