Browsing All Posts published on »August, 2011«

Leaving their mark – even apes love to paint.

August 31, 2011

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The art world has mourned many great painters over the years. Some have lived to a ripe ole age, other have died young like this next painter, who didn’t even make it to his 30th. He wasn’t plagued by drink or drug problems. He was a much-loved individual who was described as having a “gentle […]

Orangutan uses wet towel to cool down

August 27, 2011

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One resident at Tama Zoological Park in Tokyo has been impressing visitors with its hygiene skills. The orangutan uses a wet towel to clean itself, carefully wringing out the water before having a wash to stay cool. I don’t know the history behind this ape, but my hunch is that it may well have been a […]

Project Nim – Review

August 26, 2011

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They did things differently in the 70’s. So much so that no one batted an eye-lid when a professor from Columbia University wrenched an infant chimpanzee from his mother, to give to his former lover to raise as a human child in New York City, as a language experiment. Meet Nim. Nim Chimpsky was considered […]

Learning to cook may have helped man’s evolution

August 24, 2011

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Bad manners are one of my pet hates and that also includes table manners. It drives me potty when people chew food with their mouth open. Not only is it unsightly but it sounds bloody awful. Thankfully through the art of cooking, food is softened up which means it takes us less time to chew […]

Interbreeding with a caveman has its advantages

August 22, 2011

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I’m battling to keep a cold at bay. I’ve taken on too may shifts back-to-back, not had enough sleep and despite dosing up on vitamin C and germ-killing pills, I’m not convinced it’s having an effect. Our ancestors on the other hand had an extremely novel way at avoiding illness –  having sex with a […]

Can childhood stress lead to behavioural problems?

August 21, 2011

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Yesterday I was deployed to Birmingham to report on how West Midlands Police faced gun fire from a masked-gang of 30 youths during an organised attack in the area of Aston earlier this month. The chief constable I interviewed, told me he believed this group, which had four handguns, had every intention of injuring or […]

The Primatarium in Kings Cross

August 15, 2011

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Earlier this month I was intrigued to learn there was a Primatarium in Kings Cross during the end of the 1970s. It took over the site of where Scala nightclub in Kings Cross currently stands, but there’s very little information about what it offered the public. I imagined it was place where people would pay […]