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Behind the Scenes

Hollywood Chimps – The Debate

Some chimp experts have concerns about how media portrayals could affect chimpanzee welfare in the United States and abroad.

Jan 13th, 2010 | 16 comments

Interactive

Interactive: Highlights from the Human Spark

Scroll through this interactive feature to learn a bit about some of the evidence Alan examined as well as some of the current debates in the field.

Jan 6th, 2010 | 11 comments

Expert Blogger: Secrets of Abri Castanet by Randall White

When an ancient collapsed roof was found at the archaeological site Abri Castanet, Randall White was happy to try to pick up the pieces.

Jan 5th, 2010 | 7 comments

Expert Blogger: Spears, Arrows, and Poisons! by Veronica Waweru

Veronica Waweru describes some of her game-changing research on ancient hunting and what it was like to work with our television crew.

Jan 5th, 2010 | 12 comments

Spark Blog: Behind the Scenes at the Museum of Natural History

Director or Photography Larry Engel explains some of the work that went into lighting a scene at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

Dec 21st, 2009 | 2 comments

Web-Exclusive Video: A Conversation with Alan Alda and the Producers

Alan Alda, Series Producer Graham Chedd, and Executve Producer Jared Lipworth participated in a live webcast this week, hosted by the National Science Foundation.

Dec 19th, 2009 | 4 comments

Spark Blog: Working (and Playing) with Primitive Technology

Larry Engel and the crew head to Stony Brook, where Alan Alda gets a lesson in primitive weapon- and bead-making from experimental archaeologist John Shea.

Oct 6th, 2009 | 1 comment

Spark Blog: Alan Alda’s “King Kong” Encounter

Alan enters the lab at Yerkes hoping to learn about chimpanzees and facial recognition. But instead, the chimps show Alan and the crew who's boss.

Sep 4th, 2009 | 5 comments

Spark Blog: Behind the Scenes and Inside the Skulls

We took a look inside Alan's brain using an MRI machine. Apparently he has quite a plump hippocampus.

Aug 7th, 2009 | 4 comments

Spark Blog: Squirrels Bury Nuts, But Are They Planning Ahead?

Dan Gilbert and Alan Alda discuss whether animals have the ability to "prospect," or plan ahead.

Jul 1st, 2009 | 7 comments
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