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Is your child smarter than a chimp?

June 9, 2011

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Most parents I know take great pride in bragging about how smart their kids are. Is this something they inherit? Or does it boil down to how much effort mummy and daddy put into developing their cognitive skills? Scientists say babies’ sensory organs are not fully developed at birth and need fine tuning, so the early childhood […]

Rise of the Apes

June 5, 2011

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This afternoon the Northerner and I took a lovely walk along the river. We started off in Hampton Court and ended up in Kingston. Our afternoon outdoors was sadly short-lived as the heavens opened and we were forced to duck into the cinema. No hardship, we opted for the latest X-men film which was pretty […]

Apes on film

April 26, 2011

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If there is one thing I wish I could change about myself, it would be my eyesight. I’m myopic or in layman’s term extremely short-sighted. If it wasn’t for modern science my glasses would have lenses the thickness of jam jars. I’ve thought about having corrective surgery but for someone with such a high prescription […]

Trials to vaccinate wild apes due to start next month

March 26, 2011

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During the last two decades scientists say the Ebola virus has killed around one-third of the world’s gorillas and tens of thousands of chimpanzees. In the next decade they predict that the death toll may rise to half of the world’s gorilla population. One American scientist from California wants to protect these endangered primates by vaccinating […]

Researchers create a road map for African sanctuaries

March 19, 2011

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The influx of chimpanzees being taken in by African sanctuaries and rescue centres shows no sign of letting up. Despite the tireless efforts of conservationists and scientists to safeguard these apes in the wild, many new arrivals share a common bond, they are the by-products of either the illegal bushmeat trade or pet trade. Adult […]

Modern Art

March 18, 2011

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Isn’t it incredible how modern art has the ability to polarise opinion? I recently visited Tate Modern on the Southbank with my friend, single-mum, who wanted to see the latest exhibition by the Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco (pronounced or-ross-co). I’m always interested in artwork that challenges me to think about the meaning behind it; or […]

Under my umbrella ella ella….video helps to fuel pet trade

March 16, 2011

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All this week the Northerner has complained about how expensive dental treatment is in this country. He’s gone to several surgeries and one troublesome tooth could cost him as much as £1,700 to have treatment on. Price aside, none of us, myself included like going to the dentist. Maybe it’s the preempted fear of pain […]

People age the same as non-human primates

March 11, 2011

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Like most women I spend far too much money on cosmetics and beauty products. I’m a sucker for anything that tells me it will stave off the ageing process that little bit longer. But the reality is no matter how much jojoba; aloe vera; goji and acai berries there are in my face cream, ageing […]

Chimpanzees can develop AIDS

March 9, 2011

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As I spend more time learning about research carried out in the scientific world, I realise there are a wealth of stories that just never manage to penetrate the mainstream media. The attitude of so many news editors is surprising blinkered and aloof, as I found out last year when I tried to pitch my […]

Get your dirty paws off me…..

February 26, 2011

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When I was growing up comic books were all the rage – Marvel; The Dandy and The Beano. I remember my brother collecting the Asterix series and although I never really got into them, I do remember feeling a deep appreciation for the art work. This very scary but incredible illustration (above) is exactly the sort […]