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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

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In the News: What Does Ape Behavior Say About Us?

Scientists are attacking the question of how we became human from a number of new directions – in addition to analyzing the evidence of ancient fossils.

Sep 18th, 2009 | 6 comments

Web-Exclusive Video: Chimp Emotions

Check out this video to learn more about Lisa Parr's studies on chimp emotions and what these studies can tell us about the human spark.

Sep 16th, 2009 | Comments Off

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: Chimpanzee Culture?

Psychologist Vicky Horner discusses research into chimpanzee cultural transmission. Do chimps have "culture" like humans?

Aug 26th, 2009 | 2 comments

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In the News: Video – Pyroengineering

Pyroengineering. A big word for what early modern humans learned to do with silcrete at least 72,000 years ago, according to researchers.

Aug 20th, 2009 | 2 comments

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In the News: Oldest Musical Instruments

Talk about "oldies" music! Scientists recently uncovered the oldest musical instruments, in the form of carved bone and ivory flutes.

Aug 18th, 2009 | 1 comment

Spark Blog: Twitter Trivia

Can you use Google and Twitter? If so, wrangle with these trivia questions to receive free science DVDs.

Aug 11th, 2009 | Comments Off

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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