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Wild Monkeys Learn to Puzzle Out Banana Video

Wild Monkeys Learn to Puzzle Out Banana Video

The wild marmosets living in the Brazilian forest have never seen a television show and certainly have never watched a movie in their jungle homes, until now. When scientists showed the newbies a short flick of a marmoset stranger opening a box to get a banana slice, they were likely to copy what th

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Monkey leaders have different brains

Monkey leaders have different brains

Monkeys at the top and bottom of the social pecking order have physically different brains, research has found. A particular network of brain areas was bigger in dominant animals, while other regions were bigger in subordinates. The study suggests that primate brains, including ours, can be spec

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103-Year-Old Sprinter Challenges Usain Bolt

103-Year-Old Sprinter Challenges Usain Bolt

3Closing in on his 104th birthday, a twinkle-toed Japanese sprinter has thrown down the challenge to the world's fastest man Usain Bolt, telling him: "let's rumble!" Hidekichi Miyazaki -- who holds the 100 meters world record for centenarians at 29.83 seconds and is dubbed 'Golden Bolt' after the

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Whales, Dolphins Experience Joy, Squeal with Delight

Whales, Dolphins Experience Joy, Squeal with Delight

Dolphins and whales squeal after pleasant moments, researchers noticed long ago, such as receiving a tasty fish treat. A new study supports that these happy sounds are genuine expressions of delight. The discovery, published in The Journal of Experimental Biology, not only helps to explain the me

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Like in Humans, Genes Drive Half of Chimp Intelligence

Like in Humans, Genes Drive Half of Chimp Intelligence

Chimpanzees and other great apes are known for their intelligence: They can learn words, play with objects, and even seem to mourn the deaths of their friends. But just as for humans, cognitive abilities vary from one animal to the next. Now, in one of the largest studies ever conducted on chimp co

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Athlete cheated death EIGHT times

Athlete cheated death EIGHT times

When Matthew Hawksley made it to the finish line of the triathlon at Mullaghmore, Co Sligo, Ireland, it was the the final victory in a a fight for life that began in that very town three years earlier. For in the same chilly North Atlantic waters that the 26-year-old raced rival athletes, he had

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Paraplegic in robotic suit kicks off World Cup

Paraplegic in robotic suit kicks off World Cup

A paraplegic man has made the first kick of the World Cup using a mind-controlled robotic exoskeleton. Juliano Pinto, a 29-year-old with complete paralysis of the lower trunk, performed the symbolic kick-off at the Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo. Using his robotic suit, Mr Pinto kicked the offic

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Walking May Spark Creative Thinking

Walking May Spark Creative Thinking

From artists to office workers, people in all walks of life claim that going for a stroll helps them work out ideas or overcome creative blocks, and now new research finds that stretching one's legs really does give a mental boost. "Many people anecdotally claim they do their best thinking whenÂ

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Multitasker MAN or WOMAN

Multitasker MAN or WOMAN

BBC Online says Women 'better at multitasking' than men  : It's not a myth - women really are better than men at multitasking, at least in certain cases, a study says. Men were slower and less organised than women when switching rapidly between tasks in tests by UK psychologists. Both sexes

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Chimp calls suggest language evolved from a song

Chimp calls suggest language evolved from a song

Was the evolution of spoken language more of a song or a dance? The responses of chimpanzees to a stuffed snake suggest it might have been more like a stage show, with vocal and gestural modes of communication both being fundamental building blocks of language. Darwin suggested we sang our way t

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