For The Millions, Daniel O’Malley examines the appearance of monkeys in literature, dividing them into two categories: “the first involves stories that feature monkeys as prominent characters or focal points”; and the second, the one he is “most interested in,” concern “stories that don’t ask so much of their monkeys, stories that could arguably exist without these animals and suffer no serious loss of esteem.”...more
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Vervet monkeys use different words (or, at least, “different alarm calls to refer to different types of predators, such as snakes and leopards”) but don’t arrange them into diverse kinds of sentences. Songbirds, meanwhile, create elaborate sentences with a variety of notes, but the notes don’t act as words the way the monkey alarm calls do....more
Blimps might be making a comeback.
Meteor shower late Sunday night, well, late by east coast standards. Well, late by people-with-9-to-5-jobs standards. Even though it’s supposed to be the most intense shower of the year, if you’re in a city, you probably won’t see much due to light pollution–you’ll have to head out a bit....more
Researchers spent a day familiarizing a group of cotton-top tamarins with a series of two-syllable words that followed a certain pattern....more