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Chimpanzees appear to know what’s on their friends’ minds

January 5, 2012

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The other day the Northerner and I were walking home from the tube and I shouted out as I thought he was about to cross the road into the path of an on-coming bus turning the corner. As it happens the bus stopped on the bend because the lights were red. But my “alarm” call […]

Chimp recognises distorted speech

July 12, 2011

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The notion that language evolved only in the human lineage has long been attributed to the linguist, Noam Chomsky. He argued that mankind had a special “language organ” unique to us which did not exist in any other animal. This idea has been challenged over the years by a number of researchers who argue that […]

Don’t get so emotional…

January 22, 2011

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……this is a phrase that the Northerner often says to me after I’ve had one too many drinks. I’m guilty as charged, what can I say? I like to wear my heart on my sleeve. But imagine if you couldn’t clearly express your emotional state. I for one would probably turn the colour of a […]

Hello Dolly!

January 13, 2011

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Tomorrow is my birthday and it’s true that the years seem to speed up as I get older. How did I get to be this age? (21 again in case you’re wondering). When the Northerner asked me what I wanted for my birthday I was remarkably restrained, and told him a nice day with a […]