Scientists have learned how to speak monkey. Researchers at Durham University claim to have translated 450 regular "words" used by an ape species in Thailand, used to signal dangers and chat about what insects they fancy for dins.
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?
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.
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!
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.