Captive apes’ gut microbiomes are a lot like some people’s

The gut microbiomes of apes living in captivity resemble those of some people more than they resemble apes living in the wild.

Tamara Bhandari-Washington University
April 2, 2020 | futurity

~7 mins

Tags: earth-and-environment apes chimpanzees conservation endangered-species gut-bacteria

COVID-19 threatens endangered great apes, too

Endangered apes also face the threat of COVID-19. And they'll need our help to stay safe and avoid extinction, experts warn.

Carol Clark-Emory
March 26, 2020 | futurity

~5 mins

Tags: earth-and-environment health-and-medicine apes conservation covid-19 endangered-species viruses

Young male chimps still need their moms

Young male chimpanzees who have their mothers around are more likely to survive later in life, research finds. The same isn't true for chimp daughters.

Robin Smith-Duke
Feb. 18, 2020 | futurity

~4 mins

Tags: science-and-technology apes chimpanzees families mothers parents primates teenagers

Orangutan is 2-million-year-old extinct ape’s closest relative

Researchers have reconstructed the evolutionary relationship between a 2 million year old extinct primate and today's living orangutan.

Amanda Nybroe Rohde-Copenhagen
Nov. 14, 2019 | futurity

~5 mins

Tags: science-and-technology apes dna evolution proteins teeth

Tiny pest-eaters benefit from smaller farm fields

"...natural enemies can be more abundant when agricultural landscapes are made up of smaller farm fields." Natural enemies mean fewer pests eating crops.

U. Michigan
Nov. 6, 2019 | futurity

~3 mins

Tags: earth-and-environment agriculture ecosystems insects pests shapes spiders

Our spit reflects cooking, farming, and not licking each other

Our cooked, meaty diets and lack of fur appear to have made human saliva quite different from that of close relatives like gorillas.

Marcene Robinson-Buffalo
Oct. 17, 2019 | futurity

~6 mins

Tags: featured science-and-technology apes evolution food mouth primates saliva

Different factors rearranged our brains and braincases

"The brain followed its own evolutionary path of neural innovation while freely floating in the braincase."

U. Zurich
Oct. 15, 2019 | futurity

~3 mins

Tags: science-and-technology apes brains evolution skulls

Grape genes may explain differences in wine taste

A surprising genetic diversity may help explain why Chardonnay has a different flavor, aroma, and color, than other varietals.

Tom Vasich-UC Irvine
Sept. 10, 2019 | futurity

~3 mins

Tags: science-and-technology fruits genomes grapes vegetables wine

A.I. sniffs out smoke damage in vineyards

"…with a relatively small investment and the right software models based on machine learning, winemakers could have a solution to smoke taint in their pocket."

U. Melbourne
Aug. 29, 2019 | futurity

~7 mins

Tags: earth-and-environment science-and-technology artifical-intelligence fires grapes smoke wine

‘Skeletons’ are key to quick object recognition

The skeletal shapes of objects—picture a stick figure—is a key tool to help us in object recognition.

Carol Clark-Emory
Aug. 21, 2019 | futurity

~5 mins

Tags: featured science-and-technology artificial-intelligence shapes visual-perception

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