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Watch This Robo Ape Evolve Into a Robo Human In Just a Few Seconds

Some of you may remember the iStruct robotic ape. It was developed by Germany's DFKI to presumably bring us one step closer to a cyborg version of Planet of the Apes. Well, it's unfortunately advancing faster than we'd feared, and has seemingly condensed millions of years of robo-evolution into just a few seconds and is now able to stand and walk around on just two legs. Read More >>

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The First Wireless, Implantable Brain-Computer Interface Will Help Us Move Things With Our Minds On the Go

Researchers at Brown University have made the first wireless, implantable, rechargeable brain-computer interface. Humans might be next in line for testing of the device, after 13 months of successful trials in monkeys and pigs. Read More >>

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How To Take Extreme Close-Ups of a Gorilla Using Only Your Phone's Camera

Have you ever taken pictures at the zoo? It's an exercise in futility. Your puny camera strains to see far-away beasts with their backs turned. Lame. But what if you could get them to come right up to you? Read More >>

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Why Don’t We Look Like Monkeys?

Simple -- evolution of course. But new research now suggests that the reason humans and apes don’t look alike in the face is down to facial expressions. We have plain faces, without varying colour and with less hair poking out everywhere, because it helps us track the complex facial contortions we use for communication. Read More >>

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Japan Unleashing Packs of Wild Monkeys to Test Fukushima Radiation

Problem: nobody knows just how bad the radioactive contamination is at Fukushima, nine months later. Prediction: still pretty bad. Solution: send in a bunch of monkeys armed with radiation meters and GPS collars, and hope for the best. Let's do it! Read More >>

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A Million Virtual Monkeys Randomly Mashing Typewriters Have Almost Written Shakespeare

Jesse Anderson developed a program that simulated a few million virtual monkeys randomly mashing keys on virtual typewriters in an attempt to re-create Shakespeare. Amazingly, the monkeys (monkeys!) have managed to write 99.99% of Shakespeare's poem, A Lover's Complaint. Read More >>

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