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Back to Uganda

January 25, 2012

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It’s official, in six weeks time I’ll be back in the Ugandan jungle. This morning I got an approval email for one of three research permits I’ve applied for. Woo-hoo the countdown has begun. It’s been almost two years since my first taster of fieldwork and this time I’m prepared, focussed and raring to go. I […]

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 […]

No man is an island….unless you’re a 30-something with loads of homework

November 29, 2011

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                Humans are social animals. I used to be a ‘social butterfly’…..but my socialising has regressed so much since my postgrad started I’ve retreated into my cocoon and barely see daylight. Tonight however I’ve been coaxed out with the offer of good food, wine and a gossip with […]

Tribunal forces university to reveal details of primate research

November 19, 2011

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A landmark ruling was made this week which has raised more than a few eyebrows among scientific researchers. Newcastle University lost its 3-year battle against the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) over revealing details of Home Office licences to conduct experiments on primates through Freedom of Information requests (FOIs). The Freedom of Information […]

Apple founder dies, but do primates mourn their leaders?

October 6, 2011

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This morning I woke up and one of the first messages on my blackberry was from a friend Hermes – news that Steve Jobs had died. I’m not iPhone girl, all that finger swiping and touch screen malarkey sends shivers down my OCD spine!! However I was so very sad to hear that Mr Jobs, […]

Iranian space monkey grounded

October 4, 2011

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  In the early days of space exploration animals were sent into space because scientists didn’t know if humans would survive. Some of our closest cousins have boldly been where many of us may never go. In a year when America has seen its space shuttles go into retirement, Iran’s Space Organisation has been firing […]

Chimps move into multi-million pound “gaff”

October 2, 2011

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How many of you would love to live in a $7 million home? Sounds excessive, but captive chimpanzees at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo are proud tenants of the state-of-the-art interactive complex. It’s been designed to allow members of the public to get up close and personal  with our nearest cousins. The new home includes a parallel […]

There’s no smoke without fire

September 27, 2011

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There’s something dangerously enticing about watching fire, perhaps it’s my primeval roots telling me something. The way the flames leap and curl and its ability to engulf anything in a matter of moments. It’s thought by some scientists that without fire man would not have evolved. Homo erectus was presumably the first chef in history […]

Goan Goan gone to India

September 16, 2011

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If you’re wondering where I’ve been for the last ten days the Northerner and I have been enjoying an Indian summer, quite literally. After 35 years I finally managed to visit my ancestral homeland. We didn’t have the luxury of time to adopt a pseudo-nomadic existence exploring the country’s 25 different states; so instead we […]

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 […]