Thursday, July 28, 2011

Are monkey experiments justified?

The current president of the Zoological Society of London,Professor Sir Patrick Bateson, was commissioned by the main bodies that fund medical research in Britain to assess whether the studies on non-human primates (NHPs) were necessary, high-quality and yielded significant advances in medical science. Animal welfare groups opposed to experimentation on monkeys called again for the practice to be banned outright. Bateson's report stated that the practice should continue and finds the current work to be generally of good quality. But also voiced concern that no clear scientific, medical or social benefits had emerged from nearly one in 10 projects. It also said that in a minority of experiments, the justification for using monkeys was "not compelling". Source

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The cutest thing you'll see today

This baby colobus monkey, named Mosi, was born May 20 to Roberta, 23, at the St. Louis Zoo. Source Photo by Stephanie S. Cordle of the Post-Dispatch.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Do you sleep with your pet?

BuzzFeed has a collection of 20 people who DO sleep with their pets.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Took a little break . . .

Cute, but BAD, postcard from Bad Postcards

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Lizards - smarter than we thought

A vibrant green tree-dwelling lizard has surprised scientists with its mental prowess by succeeding in a problem-solving test. The tropical lizard Anolis evermanni was able to associate the colour of a disc with a food reward - flipping over the correct disc to reveal a worm secreted underneath. Read More - BBC Nature

Beauty from the Past

Hair ornament, ca. 1904 Louis Comfort Tiffany (American, 1848–1933) Silver, enamel, black and pink opals, demantoid garnets Source: Louis Comfort Tiffany: Hair ornament (2002.620) | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Today's awwwwwww

Photo: Fernando Vergara / AP