Mystery extinct ape found in ancient Chinese tomb

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Many gibbons are threatened with extinction An ape that is new to science has been discovered buried in an ancient tomb in China. The gibbon has already gone extinct, suggesting humans wiped out primate populations long before the modern age. Living primates are in peril, with many on the brink of extinction. The new gibbon, named Junzi imperialis, may be the first to vanish as a direct result of human actions, according to scientists led by the Zoological Society of London. “All of the…

Grandma Had A Gibbon. Her Grandson Had An Empire : NPR

The northern white-cheeked gibbon is a critically endangered ape native to China, Vietnam and Laos. Scientists have discovered a new species of gibbon, now extinct, that lived in China as recently as 2,200 years ago. Joachim S. Müller/Flickr hide caption toggle caption Joachim S. Müller/Flickr The northern white-cheeked gibbon is a critically endangered ape native to China, Vietnam and Laos. Scientists have discovered a new species of gibbon, now extinct, that lived in China as recently as 2,200 years ago. Joachim S. Müller/Flickr The world has one more extinct ape…

Koko the famously social gorilla dies in California

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Koko with animal psychologist Francine Patterson (left) Koko the gorilla, who is said to have been able to communicate by using more than 1,000 hand signs, has died in California at the age of 46. Instructors taught her a version of American Sign Language and say she used it to convey thoughts and feelings. The abilities of the gorilla, who also apparently understood some spoken English, were documented by animal psychologist Francine Paterson. She adopted and named pets, including a kitten she called All…

The ‘Baby’ that ushered in modern computer age

Image copyright Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester Image caption Children study a working replica of the machine Seventy years ago was arguably the start of the modern computer age. A machine that took up an entire room at a laboratory in Manchester University ran its first programme at 11am on 21 June 1948. The prototype completed the task in 52 minutes, having run through 3.5 million calculations. The Manchester Baby, known formally as the Small-Scale Experimental Machine, was the world’s first stored-program computer. It paved the way for the…

Gene-edited farm animals are on their way

Scientists have created pigs that are immune to one of the world’s costliest livestock diseases. The team edited the animals’ DNA to make them resist the deadly respiratory disease known as PRRS – a move that could prevent billions of pounds in losses each year. However, consumers have traditionally been reluctant to eat genetically altered animals and crops. This poses a significant barrier to farmers owning gene-edited pigs. And because genome, or gene, editing (GE) is relatively new, the absence of regulation currently prevents their sale anyway. GE is different…

No International Definition, Recognition Or Protections : Goats and Soda : NPR

In Kiribati, an island republic in the Central Pacific, large parts of the village Eita (above) have succumbed to flooding from the sea. Jonas Gratzer/LightRocket via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Jonas Gratzer/LightRocket via Getty Images In Kiribati, an island republic in the Central Pacific, large parts of the village Eita (above) have succumbed to flooding from the sea. Jonas Gratzer/LightRocket via Getty Images This month, diplomats from around the world met in New York and Geneva to hash out a pair of new global agreements that aim to…

Astronauts eject UK-led space junk demo mission

Image copyright SSC Image caption Artwork: The RemoveDebris mission will trial the net method of capture A UK-led project to showcase methods to tackle space junk has just been pushed out of the International Space Station. The RemoveDebris satellite was ejected a short while ago by astronauts using a giant robotic arm. The 100kg craft, built in Guildford, has a net and a harpoon. These are just two of the multiple ideas currently being considered to snare rogue hardware, some 7,500 tonnes of which is now said to be circling…