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The Fate of the Alamogordo Chimps

The National Institutes of Health announced that by 2011 it will transfer almost two hundred chimpanzees from the Alamogordo Primate Facility in New Mexico to a lab in San Antonio, Texas, lab for use in invasive research. In 1995, the NIH announced a moratorium on the breeding of chimps in federally-supported labs, and as a…

Imagine with me, for a moment, that the zombie invasion has begun. You try to escape, but the zombies are just too much to handle. You can’t run fast enough. They’re everywhere. Your favorite science bloggers have been turned into zombies and they’re coming for you. Figure 1: Thanks to Joseph Hewitt of Ataraxia Theatre…

Self-Recognition in Cats?

Do cats have self recognition? This video suggests they might not, at least in terms of passing the mirror recognition task. But, well, this isn’t really the mirror recognition task. And the mirror recognition task may not be the best way to test self recognition in cats. But in any case, it’s a pretty hilarious…

This past weekend, I was searching around the interwebz looking for something interesting to write about for Monday Pets. Lately, Monday Pets has been somewhat cat- and dog-heavy, so I was looking for something a bit different. I asked on twitter if there were any requests or recommendations. Friend of the blog Dave Munger responded:…