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Web-Exclusive Video: Human Spark = Spite?

Scientist Keith Jensen plays the Ultimatum Game with Alan Alda and shows him the differences between how humans and chimps react to various offers.

Dec 28th, 2009 | 1 comment

Program One: Becoming Us: Video Excerpt: Stone-Age Throwing Spears

Alan Alda joins John Shea for a lesson on Primitive Technology. Alan makes hand axes like a Neanderthal, but throws a pretty mean spear at an unsuspecting doe.

Dec 24th, 2009 | 5 comments

Web-Exclusive Video: Less Spark, More Smolder?

Alan Alda travels to a French cave called Roc de Marsal, where archaeologists are becoming experts on Neanderthal life.

Dec 23rd, 2009 | 1 comment

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

Web-Exclusive Video: How to Groom Relationships

If you’re a chimp, making friends is straightforward – put in some time grooming your buddy and hopefully you’ll stay on his good side. Not so for humans.

Dec 18th, 2009 | 1 comment

Web-Exclusive Video: Running = Big Brains?

Which came first – the running or the brain? Running could be the reason humans were able to hunt large game and consume the protein needed for a big brain.

Dec 17th, 2009 | Comments Off

Spark Blog: Filming on an Island of Monkeys

The Human Spark crew members had to keep our wits about us when we filmed on the Puerto Rican island of Cayo Santiago. It’s home to a free-ranging group of monkeys!

Dec 15th, 2009 | 1 comment

Web-Exclusive Video: Monkeys and Magic Fruit

In this video, Laurie Santos pulls a switcheroo on her monkey research subjects. Will they notice when a fruit that starts rolling down a plank as a kiwi reaches the bottom as a lime?

Dec 14th, 2009 | 5 comments

In the News

In the News: Monkey Brains Process Drumming Like Vocalizations

A new study looked at how macaque monkeys respond to other monkeys’ efforts at communication in the form of drumming or vocalizing.

Dec 11th, 2009 | 1 comment
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