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Spark Blog: The Science Behind Why Chimps Are Not Pets

Researcher Brian Hare is an advocate for eliminating the chimpanzee pet trade. In the wake of the chimp attack, Brian explains the science behind his stance.

Mar 6th, 2009 | 2 comments

Spark Blog: Video: North Carolina Through the Looking Glass

Larry Engel discusses the challenges and joys of filming Alan with the chimps at the North Carolina Zoo.

Jan 16th, 2009 | 1 comment

Spark Blog: Alan Alda Meets the Chimps

We went to the North Carolina Zoo to meet the chimpanzees -- and evolutionary anthropologist Brian Hare. Here's what happened...

Dec 19th, 2008 | 1 comment

Spark Blog: Video: Scientist Tanya Chartrand on Filming with Alan Alda

Watch Tanya Chartrand describe what it was like for her as a scientist to be involved in a television shoot for "The Human Spark."

Dec 10th, 2008 | Comments Off on Spark Blog: Video: Scientist Tanya Chartrand on Filming with Alan Alda

Spark Blog: Mimicking Alan’s Body Language

We’ve just finished shooting at Duke University a series of experiments with Tanya Chartrand on how humans unconsciously mimic each other, and how this makes us more social.

Nov 24th, 2008 | Comments Off on Spark Blog: Mimicking Alan’s Body Language

Spark Blog: Photos: More from the Campfire Shoot

Here are some additional behind-the-scenes photos of the "Human Spark" nighttime campfire shoot with archaeologist Curtis Marean.

Oct 30th, 2008 | Comments Off on Spark Blog: Photos: More from the Campfire Shoot

Spark Blog: Video: Making of a Fireside Chat Scene

In Arizona, Alan and archeologist Curtis Marean had a fireside chat about how modern humans replaced the Neanderthals. Check out this video to see how the scene was made.

Oct 21st, 2008 | 1 comment

Spark Blog: Video Interview: Scott Watrous, MRI Technologist

One of Scott’s most important responsibilities is making sure that nothing that can react with a magnet gets anywhere near the MRI machine. Watch this interview.

Oct 14th, 2008 | 1 comment

Spark Blog: Photos: Behind the Scenes at the Brain Development Lab

Check out these behind-the-scenes photos from our day filming with Helen Neville and colleagues at the Brain Development Lab at the University of Oregon.

Sep 22nd, 2008 | 1 comment

Spark Blog: How Does Your Brain React to Gibberish?

The scientists in Oregon wanted to see how brains react to mistakes in grammar, even when the listener isn’t fluent in the language being spoken!

Sep 10th, 2008 | 8 comments
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