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2008-04-09 12:00:23

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., April 9, 2008 /PRNewswire/ -- Network News Service (NNS) has selected Generation Technologies Corporation (GTC) to provide its next generation network newsroom and affiliate editorial content management system. The system known as NIM(TM) will be replacing an earlier version of the same system installed at NNS's inception in 2000. NNS is the domestic news cooperative of ABC, CBS and FOX News. The system improves network operations efficiency and communications, while...

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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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2008-03-14 00:00:00

CHICAGO -- Movie producers and advertisers have long relied on chimpanzees comically dressed as humans to entertain their audience, but scientists say the practice is bad for chimps not only as individuals but also as a species threatened with extinction. Primatologists reported Thursday in the journal Science that only 66 percent of visitors to Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago thought chimps were endangered. Many people surveyed said they assumed that because the apes are so widely used in...

2008-02-04 16:30:01

Chimps don't like bartering things, even when they're trading up. This new finding could shed light on the mysterious origins of bartering in humans, scientists say. Researchers investigated the circumstances under which chimpanzees would exchange one highly valued commodity for another — say, an apple slice for a grape. These are the first experiments to explore such barter with humanity's closest living relatives. The chimps often did not spontaneously barter food...

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2008-01-26 00:00:00

During an upcoming episode of Britain's "ËœExtraordinary Animals" program, viewers will be able to see an ape defeat 2004 World Memory Championship winner Ben Pridmore. Ayumu, a seven-year-old male chimp raised in captivity in Japan, did three times as well as Mr. Pridmore at a computer game which involved remembering the position of numbers on a screen. It's a significant accomplishment, considering Mr. Pridmore, a 30-year-old accountant, is capable of memorizing the order of a...

2008-01-13 08:08:24

Chimps eat dirt. This has been known for years. And while chimp cuisine might look more gritty than gourmet to us, it turns out our closest animal relations have a good reason for feasting on soil: It improves their health. By studying samples of soil eaten by chimpanzees in Kibale National Park in Uganda, a research team led by Sabrina Krief of the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris found that eating soil with their meals boosts the anti-malarial properties of...

2007-12-18 19:22:34

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Researchers at Duke University have demonstrated that monkeys have the ability to perform mental addition, and that they performed about as well as college students given the same test. Current evidence has shown that both humans and animals have the ability to mentally represent and compare numbers. For instance, animals, infants and adults can discriminate between four objects and eight objects. However, until now it was unclear whether animals could perform mental...

2006-05-07 10:40:19

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) - Most of the chimpanzees that fled a preserve and mauled a group of sightseers have returned, but the leader is still on the loose "out on the hills," the sanctuary's director said Saturday. In all, 31 chimpanzees escaped two weeks ago by using sticks to get out through a sliding metal door, said Balasingam Amarasekeran, head of the Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary outside Freetown. The chimps then attacked a taxicab of tourists, killing the driver and ripping his...

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2006-04-26 14:00:00

WASHINGTON -- The simplest grammar, long thought to be one of the skills that separate man from beast, can be taught to a common songbird, new research suggests. Starlings learned to differentiate between a regular birdsong "sentence" and one containing a clause or another sentence of warbling, according to a study in Thursday's journal Nature. It took University of California at San Diego psychology researcher Tim Gentner a month and about 15,000 training attempts, with food as a reward, to...

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2006-02-21 17:35:00

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ohio State University said on Tuesday it was closing its chimpanzee research program and sending its remaining nine chimps to a refuge where they will no longer be used for research. The university said it was following the lead of other institutions that have scaled back research using chimpanzees, the closest genetic relative of human beings. "While we are rightfully proud of the outstanding research that has evolved from Ohio State's primate cognition project in the...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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