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Watch the first orangutan taught to mimic human conversation
Rocky, a friendly ape, might be the key to how we humans found our voices. He also really likes treats.
The diversity of life across much of Earth has plunged below ‘safe’ levels
In an ambitious study that represents the latest merger between big data approaches and the quest to conserve the planet, scientists have found that across a majority of the Earth’s land surface — including some of its most important types of terrain and its most populous regions — the abundance or overall number of animals and plants of different species has fallen below a “safe” level identified by biologists.
Review: ‘Zootopia’ Is A Perfect Example Of Why We Should Take Kids’ Movies Seriously
Zootopia possesses all the wit and charm of The Flinstones and Monsters Inc — films that built worlds adjacent to our own but delightfully adapted to fit a crazy range of citizens. Scale is used as a punch line and provocateur — the whip-snap of the camera as it jumps to include both elephants and mice continually raises a laugh, while begging the question — why is our expectation of perspective always set to the middle-sized majority? Typical animal behaviours play for gags while tugging at our assumptions. Why can’t a bunny be tough? Really, all foxes are untrustworthy? “Are you saying because he’s a sloth he can’t be fast?”
'Universal cancer vaccine’ breakthrough claimed by experts
Researchers have found a way to persuade the body's immune system to attack tumours – and it is largely free from side effects.
'Suicide by lion': Man strips naked and jumps into a Chilean zoo's enclosure in a bid to feed himself to a big cat
The 20-year-old man was left gravely injured in the Santiago Zoo incident
Witnesses were horrified as keepers killed two lions during the attack
They also reported that the man made religious proclamations at the time
A suicide note was found in the man's clothing. He is recovering in hospital
Air pollution worst in developing world
Improving air quality for low-income nations would not only improve public health for millions of people, but would also help alleviate global greenhouse gas woes.