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Chimps May Be Able To ‘Think About Thinking’
2013-04-04 07:50:22

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Metacognition, or the ability to think about thinking, is not an ability solely limited to humans according to a new study. Scientists at Georgia State University and the University of Buffalo recently revealed that chimpanzees, humans' closest relatives, also appear to have the ability. The study, published in the journal Psychological Science, is the work of Michael J. Beran and Bonnie M. Perdue of the Georgia State Language...

2013-03-11 23:04:12

Ironically, researchers are finding that human intelligence is declining at the same time other researchers are reporting that chimps have a much better short-term memory than humans and more and more high-tech machines — from robots to GPS devices — are becoming smarter; animals are even becoming cinematographers. That´s the latest issue that sociologist Gini Graham Scott, author of 50 plus books, writes about in her recent Huffington Post columns: Smarter Chimps, Smarter...

Chimps Love A Good Brain Teaser
2013-02-25 05:11:05

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Apparently humans aren´t the only ones who enjoy a brain teaser every now and again, as newly published research has revealed solving puzzles also seems to be a source of gratification for chimpanzees. The study, which was published by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and appears in the American Journal of Primatology, demonstrated six chimpanzees that were given a challenge which involved moving objects through a maze...

Chimpanzees Learn To Use A Straw While Watching Other Proficient Demonstrators
2013-01-31 14:08:08

[Watch Video: Chimps Learn To Use Straw] [Watch Video: Chimps Use Dipping Technique] Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Since 1979, there has been a story out there that has taken hold upon the new-age set. Known as the ℠Hundredth Monkey Phenomenon´, the story, while having undergone several iterations, originally was an anecdotal re-telling of observations made by Japanese primatologists. Lyall Watson, PhD, in his book Lifetide, explained the...

2013-01-29 09:47:14

Tooth development and weaning in chimpanzees not as closely related as once thought, researchers say For more than two decades, scientists have relied on studies that linked juvenile primate tooth development with their weaning as a rough proxy for understanding similar developmental landmarks in the evolution of early humans. New research from Harvard, however, is challenging those conclusions by showing that tooth development and weaning aren't as closely related as previously thought....

National Institutes Of Health Agrees Chimpanzees Should Be Retired From Research
2013-01-23 07:31:24

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The National Institutes of Health (NIH) had recently made recommendations that all but about 50 chimpanzees should be permanently retired from research. On Tuesday (Jan. 22) the council unanimously agreed on the move, and government-funded scientists began removing chimps from their labs. The first primates to be removed from research facilities arrived at their new home in south Louisiana at a national sanctuary (Chimp Haven) for...

Dogs Learn Differently Than Humans
2012-11-23 05:55:02

[ Watch the Video: Familiarization with Word ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A research team from the University of Lincoln, UK, have discovered that dogs learn to associate words with objects in different ways than humans do. Human children between the ages of two and three typically learn to associate words with the shapes of objects, rather than their size or texture. If you teach a toddler what a "ball" is and then present them with an array of other...

Mid-Life Crisis Found To Affect Apes Too
2012-11-20 05:10:31

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Apes, like humans, experience a decline in happiness during middle age, which rebounds as they approach old age, according to a new study that suggests the infamous mid-life crisis may have biological, rather than sociological, roots. Humans across many cultures report a dip in happiness during their late-40s when compared with their life satisfaction during younger and older years. In the current study, an international team...

2012-10-22 15:25:13

BOSTON, Oct. 22, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A Review of Autopsy Reports on Chimpanzees in or from U.S. Laboratories, published in the October 2012 journal Alternatives to Laboratory Animals (ATLA), Volume 40, Issue 5, compiles data from 110 autopsies performed in the last 10 years on chimpanzees who died in or were from laboratories. The data show a full 64% of those chimpanzees suffered significant chronic illnesses and 69% had multi-organ diseases that should have rendered them too...

2012-09-27 06:29:10

Rulemaking Petition holds government accountable BOSTON, Sept. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following the National Institutes of Health's decision to retire 110 chimpanzees designated no longer available for research, co-petitioners of a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Rulemaking Petition charge the decision falls short of the intent of the 2000 CHIMP Act mandating chimpanzees not needed be retired to sanctuary. NIH's decision sends only 10 chimpanzees to...