Tag: monkey

  • Lancelot Drink and Headless Slugs

    What separates us from the primates? Opposable thumbs? Self-awareness? What if it's water efficiency? Anthony and Jeff discuss a new study just might provide an answer an age-old question in an entirely new way. Then, researchers have discovered a kind of sea slug that can cut it's own head off and regrow its body over a series of weeks. Jeff and Anthony wonder what THAT'S like. [more]

  • Kid Justice and Stone Age Monkeys

    A new Yale study shows that many children are willing to make personal sacrifices to punish wrongdoers — and even more so if they believe punishment will teach the transgressor a lesson. Anthony and Jeff are heartened by the findings and wonder if there is encouraging evidence about how humans perceive justice. Then, researchers have discovered that one population of white-faced capuchin monkeys in Panama have entered the Stone Age. Jeff and Anthony talk about what this means for how we conceptualize evolution, until Jeff ruins everything with a pun. [more]

  • Working Like a Dog

    If you're a dog lover, just being with your pet feels good. So it's no surprise that therapy dogs are healing companions for people with health conditions. Research confirms that the benefits of pet therapy are real—but what do dogs think about helping humans? Science has considered this question too, and the results are reassuring. Jeff and Anthony discuss whether or not these findings apply to Anthony's perfect prince. [more]

  • Macaque of the Clones

    For the first time, scientists say they created cloned primates using the same complicated cloning technique that made Dolly the sheep in 1996. Shanghai scientists created two genetically identical and adorable long-tailed macaques. Researchers used modern technology developed only in the last couple of years to enhance the technique used to clone Dolly, which is called somatic cell transfer. Jeff and Anthony giggle childishly at some of the funny sounding words. [more]

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