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2008-09-26 18:00:36

By PAUL WEIDEMAN I Do the right whale thing Paul Weideman I The New Mexican Whaledreamers, documentary on interspecies connection, not rated, The Film Center, 988-7414 Whales bring people together to save the Earth. That's the bottom line of Whaledreamers, a 2007 documentary written and directed by Kim Kindersley. The film records a 1998 gathering of tribal leaders from around the world at the Nullarbor Cliffs in South Australia. The ceremonial gathering was called by...

2008-08-18 00:00:21

By Chai Mei Ling TREES are to orang utans what roads are to humans. When we develop pockets of forests, humans cut off not just the primates' connectivity to other parts of the woodland but also their food supply. CHAI MEI LING learns how a few ringgit can contribute to a tree-planting programme armed with the mammoth task of linking up those roads again. If we think about trees ... it's something that makes oxygen, sequesters carbon, fixes nitrogen, distills water, provides a habitat...

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2008-07-07 08:10:00

Orangutans could soon become the first great ape species to go extinct if urgent action is not taken, according to a new study. Their numbers have declined sharply in Indonesia and Malaysia since 2004. Serge Wich, a scientist at the Great Ape Trust in Iowa, said the change is due to illegal logging and the expansion of palm oil plantations. Wich said the survey found the orangutan population on Indonesia's Sumatra Island dropped almost 14 percent since 2004.  It also found populations...

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2008-06-19 09:35:00

Study provides conclusive evidence of advanced planning capacities in non-human species Apes can plan for their future needs just as we humans can "“ by using self-control and imagining future events. Mathias and Helena Osvath's research, from Lunds University Cognitive Science in Sweden, is the first to provide conclusive evidence of advanced planning capacities in non-human species. Their findings are published online this week in Springer's journal, Animal Cognition. The complex...

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2008-05-22 10:10:00

Some humpback populations still slow to recoverThe number of humpback whales in the North Pacific Ocean has increased since international and federal protections were enacted in the 1960s and 70s, according to a new study funded primarily by NOAA and conducted by more than 400 whale researchers throughout the Pacific region.However, some isolated populations of humpbacks, especially those in the Western Pacific Ocean, have not recovered at the same rate and still suffer low numbers.The new...

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2008-03-26 16:35:00

Experiments test chimpanzees' ability to make judgments about the reputation of strangers Chimpanzees make judgments about the actions and dispositions of strangers by observing others' behavior and interactions in different situations. Specifically, chimpanzees show an ability to recognize certain behavioral traits and make assumptions about the presence or absence of these traits in strangers in similar situations thereafter. These findings´, by Dr. Francys Subiaul - from...

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2008-02-19 02:10:00

When Temple Grandin argued that animals and autistic savants share cognitive similarities in her best-selling book Animals in Translation (2005), the idea gained steam outside the community of cognitive neuroscientists. Grandin, a professor of animal science whose best-selling books have provided an unprecedented look at the autistic mind, says her autism gives her special insight into the inner workings of the animal mind. She based her proposal on the observation that animals, like...

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2008-02-17 18:06:48

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. "“ Shedding new light on the great cognitive rift between humans and animals, a Harvard University scientist has synthesized four key differences in human and animal cognition into a hypothesis on what exactly differentiates human and animal thought. In new work presented for the first time at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Marc Hauser, professor of psychology, biological anthropology, and organismic and evolutionary...

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2007-11-01 08:39:20

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Washoe, a female chimpanzee said to be the first non-human to acquire human language, has died of natural causes at the research institute where she was kept. Washoe, who first learned a bit of American Sign Language in a research project in Nevada, had been living on Central Washington University's Ellensburg campus since 1980. Her keepers said she had a vocabulary of about 250 words, although critics contended Washoe and some other primates learned to imitate sign...

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2007-05-23 18:00:00

TAIPEI, Taiwan - A hulking orangutan escaped from his cage and terrified restaurant patrons Wednesday, at the same Taiwan zoo where a crocodile recently chomped off a veterinarian's arm. The latest incident at the Shaoshan Zoo in the southern city of Kaohsiung began when the orangutan pushed his way out of his cage and wandered into a nearby restaurant courtyard. It was captured on camera by Taiwanese cable news station TVBS. As zoo officials scurried to bring the animal under control, he...


Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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