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Tommy is 26 years old, and he makes his home in Gloversville, at a reindeer farm called Santa's Hitching Post. He's also a chimpanzee, the pet of Diane and Patrick Lavery, and according to the NonHuman Rights Project, he's being held as a prisoner, caged in a shed on the property. Yesterday, the NH ... More >>
Thurston Moore performs live to Street
The Leipzig team of genetic scientists has announced that it was able to completely decode the genome of an extinct species of humans, the Denisova, using DNA extracted from a single 10-milligram bone fragment of a 50,000-year-old skeleton. The skeleton was found in Southern Siberia in 2010, and cam ... More >>
Terry Thompson, who owned a wildlife preserve in Zanesville, Ohio, set free 50-some animals, including lions, tigers, cheetahs, wolves, giraffes, camels, and bears, before, investigators believe, he committed suicide. His body was found on Tuesday evening after police went to the preserve to ... More >>
One of them has a spine-covered penisResearchers have discovered the molecular workings that caused human penises to evolve and shed their prickly spines, which chimps and some other animals still have to this day. Scientific American describes how Stanford scientists went through the DNA seq ... More >>
Victoria BekiempisNo longer for the damn Buddhist elite! The simple pancake, according to archeologists (and random web pages), has a lengthy history. The ubiquitous quickbread can supposedly be traced far back in the human fossil record, owing to the dish's simplicity and high nutrient cont ... More >>
He's back!The Telegraph has your pressing, timely Ice Age news covered this week. Not only could new woolly mammoths be cloned in four to five years, but new research shows that Neanderthals were not ugly because of the cold, but just because they were ugly.
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The New York Post tells us this lovely Monica Szczupide photo shows "more than a dozen grief-stricken chimpanzees joined in an extraordinary expression of mourning as an elder in their family was laid to rest at a West African animal sanctuary." Yes, very touching, circle of life and all that ... More >>
TheBusyBrain/flickrBloomberg today has a fun interview with Richard Wrangham, a Harvard primatologist whose new book, Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human, posits that it was learning to cook, not tools or agriculture, that sped up human evolution. Cooking, Wrangham explains, made food so ... More >>
A new survey says that members of the Woodstock generation are just as stoned out of their skulls as they were 40 years ago! Apparently, the whole rehab phenomenon never really happened--or if it did, it obviously didn't take too well. Furthermore, the growing up process that generally occurs ... More >>
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