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The recent release of “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" reminded me of one of my favorite ape vs. man films – this 1932 video that shows a baby chimpanzee and a baby human undergoing the same basic psychological tests.

Its gets weirder – the human baby (Donald) and the chimpanzee baby (Gua) were both raised as humans by their biological/adopted father Winthrop Niles Kellogg.  Kellogg was a comparative psychologist fascinated by the interplay between nature and nurture, and he devised a fascinating (and questionably ethical) experiment to study it:

Suppose an anthropoid were taken into a typical human family at the day of birth and reared as a child. Suppose he were fed upon a bottle, clothed, washed, bathed, fondled, and given a characteristically human environment; that he were spoken to like the human infant from the moment of parturition; that he had an adopted human mother and an adopted human father.

First, Kellogg had to convince his pregnant wife he wasn’t crazy:

 …the enthusiasm of one of us met with so much resistance from the other that it appeared likely we could never come to an agreement upon whether or not we should even attempt such an undertaking.

She apparently gave in, because Donald and Gua were raised, for nine months, as brother and sister. Much like Caesar in the “Planet of the Apes” movies, Gua developed faster than her “brother,” and often outperformed him in tasks. But she soon hit a cognitive wall, and the experiment came to an end. (Probably for the best, as Donald had begun to speak chimpanzee.)

You can read more about Kellogg’s experiment, its legacy, and public reaction to it here.

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Turns out Earth has a lot of our solar system’s ground. Really puts into perspective how much smaller Mars is!

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asapscience:

via xkcd

Turns out Earth has a lot of our solar system’s ground. Really puts into perspective how much smaller Mars is!

skunkbear:

Here’s an Otocolobus manulnature’s Grumpy Cat — discovering a camera trap outside it’s den. Camera traps are used by biologists to lean about rare animals’ behavior, abundance, and health — just by setting up a solar-powered camera with a motion trigger. No physical trapping necessary.

O. manul (also known as Pallas’s cat) is about the size of a house cat, but you’ll notice has round pupils instead of slits. It lives in western China and the steppes of Central Asia.

You’d think that Pallas’s cat would rule the internet by now - but there aren’t too many photos of them because they are both rare and shy. The IUCN lists them as near-threatened. Just another reason to support species conservation!

You can see the whole video — posted Scarce Worldwidehere.

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The Milky Way has at least 46 billion Earth-size planets—more than the total number of grains of sand in all the Earth’s beaches and deserts. And that’s just in our galaxy.

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The Milky Way has at least 46 billion Earth-size planets—more than the total number of grains of sand in all the Earth’s beaches and deserts. And that’s just in our galaxy.

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Elephants remember and mourn loved ones, even many years after their death. When an elephant walks past a place that a loved one died he or she will stop and take a silent pause that can last several minutes. While standing over the remains, the elephant may touch the bones of the dead elephant (not the bones of any other species), smelling them, turning them over and caressing the bones with their trunk.

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Elephants remember and mourn loved ones, even many years after their death. When an elephant walks past a place that a loved one died he or she will stop and take a silent pause that can last several minutes. While standing over the remains, the elephant may touch the bones of the dead elephant (not the bones of any other species), smelling them, turning them over and caressing the bones with their trunk.

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Harvard earns enough money from interest on its endowment that it could offer free tuition to every student and still profit.

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Harvard earns enough money from interest on its endowment that it could offer free tuition to every student and still profit.

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The brain tells your body it is time to go to the bathroom when you see a toilet, making it harder to hold your urine as you get closer.

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The brain tells your body it is time to go to the bathroom when you see a toilet, making it harder to hold your urine as you get closer.

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"300" is the most death-packed film of all time, with an average of 5 people dying on-screen every minute.

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"300" is the most death-packed film of all time, with an average of 5 people dying on-screen every minute.

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'Cosmos' Presenter: I Worry Aliens Have Already Decided We're Stupid.

Neil DeGrasse Tyson tells MSNBC that it’s possible aliens have visited and already concluded that there is no intelligent life on Earth.

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A British Man rescued 669 children destine for death camps from Nazis, arranged for them to have homes and smuggled them to Britain. Today is his 105th birthday.

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A British Man rescued 669 children destine for death camps from Nazis, arranged for them to have homes and smuggled them to Britain. Today is his 105th birthday.

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the native americans planted three sisters (corn, beans, and squash) together so that they would benefit eachother. The corn provides a structure for the beans to climb. The beans provide the nitrogen to the soil, and the squash spreads along the ground preventing weeds.

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the native americans planted three sisters (corn, beans, and squash) together so that they would benefit eachother. The corn provides a structure for the beans to climb. The beans provide the nitrogen to the soil, and the squash spreads along the ground preventing weeds.

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Jimi Hendrix played for Englebert Humperdinck when his regular guitarist failed to show, Hendrix had to play behind a curtain and Humperdinck says it was like having 3 guitarists behind him.

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Jimi Hendrix played for Englebert Humperdinck when his regular guitarist failed to show, Hendrix had to play behind a curtain and Humperdinck says it was like having 3 guitarists behind him.

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the crown princess of the Netherlands goes to a public school.

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the crown princess of the Netherlands goes to a public school.

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