Did you know that bonobos have a "fascination with computers"? No? Neither did we. But a new Kickstarter project from the Bonobo Hope Great Ape Trust Sanctuary in Des Moines, Iowa needs funding to make every bonobo's technological dreams a reality--from operating vending machines to, improbably, controlling their own robots.
Chimpanzees are only necessary as research subjects in a very limited number of cases, according to an expert committee convened by the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine, part of the National Academy of Sciences. And the apes’ future use as lab animals — which is not being banned outright in this country — should be determined according to a new set of specific criteria, the committee said.
By M. FarbmanPosted 02.20.2009 at 11:14 am 0 Comments
Particle accelerator smackdown! Scientists working on Fermilab's Tevatron have been talking some smack (in the politest of terms), saying they have a good shot at finding the elusive Higgs boson before the currently out-of-commission Large Hadron Collider does.
Also in today's links: a map of emissions, why not to keep chimps as pets (besides the now-obvious), and more.
For decades, people referred to the non-coding bits of DNA between genes as junk DNA. Then, in the eighties scientists discovered that some of that junk DNA served an important purpose. The DNA attracted or repelled transcription factors and RNA, greatly enhancing or inhibiting the potency of adjacent genes. Now scientists have just found that one of those gene enhancers may be what separates humans and chimps.
When a chimpanzee feels down, its friends console it with kisses and hugs
By Matt RansfordPosted 06.19.2008 at 12:49 pm 1 Comment
Chimpanzees and humans share many similarities, which isn't surprising considering they're our closest living relatives. A new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences this week has added another to the list: third-party consolation. Researchers in England have discovered that chimps will calm each other down after conflicts and that the kissing and embracing help to alleviate the stress caused by the situation. Previous studies had focused on reconciliation between parties in conflict; this new work focuses on bystanders who come in afterward to offer solace.