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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

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In The News: Bonobos Are Not Hippie Chimps

In an article in the journal Current Biology researchers describe directly observing bonobos hunting not just small forest creatures but other primates as well.

Dec 2nd, 2008 | 2 comments

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

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In the News: On Religion and Evolution

A recent study published in Science sets aside the religious critique of evolution and examines how religion itself may be a part of human evolution.

Nov 20th, 2008 | 6 comments

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

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

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In the News: What Ancient Cave Art Says About Us

From the discovery of painted caves in Altamira, Spain to the recent discovery of Chauvet in France, what can researchers learn from these ancient artists?

Oct 10th, 2008 | Comments Off

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

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In the News: Number Approximation: Go with Your Gut!

New research shows that humans' instinctual and symbolic number systems may be more closely related than was previously thought. Test your own approximation skills!

Sep 18th, 2008 | Comments Off
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