Gee, I hope we win!
The trailer for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is online, and looks incredible. Set years after the last movie, Dawn appears to tell the story of a war between humans and apes. Given the original movies, we're guessing it doesn't end well for humans. It also seems to have an actual story grounded in emotions, both human and ape.Read More
Monkeys keep tabs on who owes them something, and you don't want to be in monkey-debt.
Sharing is caring, but you're lying if you say you don't expect something in return, and science knows it. Researchers looked at 32 studies of primates and human foragers, and the evidence points to the fact that when sharing food, we want something out of it. Ass, gas, or bananas. Nobody rides for free.Read More
Motion capture for the new Donkey Kong Country game?
On TV and in movies, you can see various types of primates doing all kinds of athletic things like climbing trees, swinging from vines, even playing hockey. But swimming? That's pretty rare, but it happens.. Allow Cooper the chimpanzee and Suryia the orangutan to demonstrate their swimming technique for you.Read More
German Researchers Building Robotic Ape, Robot Apocalypse and Planet of the Apes No Longer Mutually Exclusive
Why build a robotic ape, we ask? Why not, responds science!
Why, you might ask, would anyone build a robotic version of an ape? Is this something the world really needs? Researchers at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence presumably think so, which is why they built this "ape-like robotic system" that moves just like an ape. While we still couldn't tell you why the world needs a robot ape -- after all, there are already plenty of things that give Associate Editor Glen Tickle nightmares -- the thing is pretty impressive, aping the movements of an...ape with uncanny precision and making the rest of us kind of nervous.Read More
Aan, an orangutan found in the Indonesian province of Central Kalimantan, is stepping back from death's door and recovering nicely after being found shot more than 100 times with an air rifle. Aan was found earlier this month with 37 pellet wounds to the head and another 67 in the body including pellets lodged in the heart and lung. While the wounds have taken Aan's left eye, the orangutan, who is being cared for in a Borneo rehabilitation center, is now expected to survive.Read More