This is how Planet of the Apes starts as Coronavirus slams the World

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  1. nivek

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    Monkey laundering: Wild animal stuns woman by hand-washing her clothes in Indonesia

    This is the astonishing moment a wild monkey was seen hand-washing clothes outside a house in Indonesia. In the clip, Ayu Sarasyani had left a bowl full of dirty clothes soaking in water and detergent outside her home in South Kalimantan province. But when she returned to finish off the chore, she was stunned to find a wild-long tailed monkey had stepped in to give her a helping hand.

    Imitating how she scrubs dirt off the clothes outside her house, the primate begins by dipping the clothes in the water while perched on the edge of the large green bowl. The monkey then lifts them out of the soapy water before scrubbing them, repeating the action several times. At one point the clothes are spread out onto the concrete floor as the monkey gets knee deep into cleaning them with rigour.

    It gently pats the washing against the floor as if to dislodge any stubborn dirt or soap in the 40 second clip. And unlike most of us, this monkey seems to be rather enjoying all the soap, scrub, soak, rinse, wring action of cleaning clothes which was shared on social media yesterday.

    Ayu said: 'I was amazed to see it taking over my work, but I immediately went inside the house and watched from my window. The woman stayed inside while filming the unusual scene out of fear of being attacked in case the animal was startled.

    Wild monkeys often come to the area and stay in empty buildings and houses while searching for food. As this monkey was solo, Ayu believes the smart primate may have become separated from the group.

    She said: 'They come here from time to time and stay for at least two days. They are usually in big groups but this one was alone, so it could have been lost.' Ayu threw a piece of bread and banana to the monkey to distract it from the clothes before it left her front yard.

    She also lodged an incident report to the local officials in case the monkey was lost and needed to be reunited with its group.

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    Those Indians better hope that those sacred cows don’t start an uprise.
  3. nivek

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    Scientists splice human genes into monkey brains to make them bigger, smarter

    What could go wrong?

    Scientists made monkey brains double in size by splicing them with human genes in a “Planet of the Apes”-style experiment.

    During the study, Japanese and German researchers injected a gene called ARHGAP11B — which directs stem cells in the human brain — into the dark matter of marmoset fetuses, according to a release about the research.

    They found that the primates’ brains soon became more human-like by developing larger, more advanced neocortexes — the area that controls cognition and language, according to the study published in the journal Science in June.

    According to images released by the researchers, the modified monkey brains nearly doubled in size at around 100 days into gestation.

    “We found indeed that the neocortex of the common marmoset brain was enlarged and the brain surface folded,” said study author Michael Heide.

    The neocortex is the newest part of the brain to evolve — one sign that ARHGAP11B may have caused brain growth during human evolution, the researchers said.

    Ultimately, scientists opted to abort the monkey fetuses due to “unforeseeable consequences,” according to the release.

    The study — conducted by the Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Germany and the Central Institute for Experimental Animals in Japan — is reminiscent of the 2011 flick “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” in which a race of genetically modified primates turn against humans and take over the Earth.

  4. nivek

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    Pet 200-pound chimp killed by officers after it attacks Connecticut woman

    A highly trained 200-pound chimpanzee who once starred in TV commercials for Old Navy and Coca-Cola was shot dead by police after a violent rampage that left a friend of its owner badly mauled. Sandra Herold, the owner of the 15-year-old chimp named Travis, wrestled with the animal after it inexplicably attacked her friend Monday when the visitor got out of her car in front of Herold's home.

    "She retrieved a large butcher knife and stabbed her longtime pet numerous times in an effort to save her friend, who was really being brutally attacked," said Stamford police Capt. Richard Conklin.

    The injured woman suffered facial injuries and blood loss. She was hospitalized late Monday in very serious condition at Stamford Hospital, police said. Her identity was not immediately released. "There was no provocation that we know of. One thing that we're looking into is that we understand the chimpanzee has Lyme disease and has been ill from that, so maybe from the medications he was out of sorts. We really don't know," Conklin said.

    After the initial attack, Travis ran away and started roaming Herold's property until police arrived, setting up security so medics could reach the critically injured woman, Conklin said.

    But the chimpanzee returned and went after several of the officers, who retreated into their cars, Conklin said. Travis knocked the mirror off a cruiser before opening its door and starting to get in, trapping the officer.

    That officer shot the chimpanzee several times, Conklin said.

    The wounded chimpanzee fled the scene, but Conklin said police were able to follow the trail of his blood: down the driveway, into the open door of the home, through the house and to his living quarters, where he had retreated and died of his wounds.

    Herold and two officers also received minor injuries, police said. A message seeking comment was left Monday night at Herold's home. The chimpanzee was well-known around Stamford because he rode around in trucks belonging to the towing company operated by his owners.

    Police have dealt with him in the past, including an incident in 2003 when he escaped from his owners' vehicle in downtown Stamford for two hours. Officers used cookies, macadamia treats and ice cream in an attempt to lure him, but subdued him only after he became too tired to resist.

    At the time of the 2003 incident, police said the Herolds told them the chimpanzee was toilet trained, dressed himself, took his own bath, ate at the table and drank wine from a stemmed glass. He also brushed his teeth using a Water Pik, logged onto the computer to look at pictures, and watched television using the remote control, police said.

    When he was younger, Travis appeared on TV commercials for Old Navy and Coca-Cola, made an appearance on the "Maury Povich Show" and took part in a television pilot, according to a 2003 story in The Advocate newspaper of Stamford.

    "He's been raised almost like a child by this family," Conklin said Monday. "He rides in a car every day, he opens doors, he's a very unique animal in that aspect. We have no indication of what provoked this behavior at all."

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  6. nivek

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    Monkeys given Covid-19 vaccine receive strict care

    Monkeys given a trial Covid-19 vaccine will be closely monitored until January, or four months from the time of vaccination.

    At 10 a.m. on Tuesday on Reu Island off the northern province of Quang Ninh, Vu Cong Long, the animal farm head at the Center for Research and Production of Vaccines and Biologicals (Polyvac), unlocked the captivity area to feed the monkeys brown rice mixed with black beans and peanuts for lunch.

    As he picked up each handful of rice and dropped into a trough, he said, "This diet is very special."

    The food has to be clean and does not contain pesticide or chemical residues. Every day the monkeys eat two meals besides fruits and sugarcane to help them eat more and absorb better.

    Reu Island is home to over 1,000 rhesus macaques and 12 of them were selected for the trials for the vaccine produced by the Hanoi-based Vaccine and Biological Production Company No. 1 (Vabiotech).

    They are aged three to five years, do not suffer from diseases like TB or HIV and stay in individual cages.

    The first batch of six monkeys was vaccinated on October 27, and after two months all are healthy. The remaining were vaccinated in early December. Rhesus macaques are selected for research because they have fewer pathogens, and before being vaccinated the 12 were kept in cages for a month to ensure they were free of diseases.

    The number of people they are exposed to is limited to reduce the risk of contracting infections. Every morning staff check their temperature, eyes for brightness and whether they are active.

    If there is any sign of illness, they check for the likely cause and record it in notebooks to report to the vaccine manufacturers and researchers. One week after vaccination is the critical time since the monkeys could develop side effects. It requires two or three people to hold down a monkey to check the temperature and injection site for swelling or congestion.

    "Luckily, the monkeys are all healthy and can still fight or attack," Pham Xuan Thai, an employee in the lab, said.

    Long said, "We have not seen any monkeys showing abnormal signs."

    After four months, if the monkey have no abnormal signs or fever, and eat normally, researchers would check their organs for internal damage. If all the results are acceptable, the process of approval for human trials will begin.

    Over 30 years of raising and caring for monkeys Long has not seen any vaccine causing side effects.

    Vabiotech is the second Covid-19 vaccine to be tested on monkeys on the island after Nanogen, and both have gone well so far. Last week Nanogen Pharmaceutical Biotechnology JSC began human trials on three volunteers, who are in stable condition after getting a 25mg dose.

    Another 17 received the same dose on Tuesday, and health officials have high expectations for the vaccine. Polyvac and the Institute of Vaccines and Medical Biologicals (Ivac) are also working on vaccines.

    IVAC and Vabiotech’s products are expected to enter human trials in early 2021.

    Vietnam also has plans to import vaccines. Globally 11 vaccines have entered phase three clinical trials. Vietnam is one of the few countries in Southeast Asia to produce Covid-19 vaccines so far.

    It has managed to keep the number of cases down to 1,420 and deaths to 35 in a population of 96 million thanks to its rapid and strict quarantine and tracking measures.

  7. nivek

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    Troop of Monkeys Seen Roaming Around Cemetery in Cincinnati

    In a bizarre story out of Cincinnati, authorities are on the lookout for a troop of monkeys said to have been spotted roaming around a cemetery in the city. According to a local media report, the strange sighting occurred on Wednesday evening when residents living near St. Joseph's Cemetery noticed what appeared to be five monkeys climbing some trees at the site. Although they were understandably stunned by what they were seeing, one quick-thinking witness managed to capture the very odd scene on video. In the footage, which can be seen below, several dark forms sit on the branches of a tree and the observers can be heard expressing their wonderment at the weird sight.

    When cops were called to investigate, however, the monkeys were nowhere to be found, causing the case to take something of odd turn. While the authorities believe the sighting to be real, no one from the Cincinnati police department has actually seen the simians for themselves despite conducting a fairly thorough search. As such, David Orban of the Cincinnati Zoo, who is helping the investigation, mused that "there's not much we can do until we have a confirmed sighting." He also cast some doubt upon the video, noting that "numerous types of animals can occupy trees." To that end, it is rather hard to discern what exactly was filmed in the trees, though the reaction of the witnesses would seem to suggest that they were seeing something out of the ordinary.

    For now, police continue to be cognizant of the possibility that there could be a troop of monkeys on the loose in the city and have advised residents not to approach the animals if they encounter them. As for where the creatures could have come from, authorities theorize that they likely escaped from the home of a private collector, since the primates at the Cincinnati Zoo all remain present in their enclosures. It remains to be seen if cops will be able to locate the creatures, much less capture them or if the case will wind up going cold and the tale of the cemetery monkeys turn into an urban legend in the city.

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    It is hard to make anything out in the video.
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    Watch a monkey equipped with Elon Musk's Neuralink device play Pong with its brain

    Elon Musk's Neuralink, one of his many companies and the only one currently focused on mind control (that we're aware of), has released a new blog post and video detailing some of its recent updates — including using its hardware to make it possible for a monkey to play Pong with only its brain.

    In the video above, Neuralink demonstrates how it used its sensor hardware and brain implant to record a baseline of activity from this macaque (named "Pager") as it played a game on-screen where it had to move a token to different squares using a joystick with its hand. Using that baseline data, Neuralink was able to use machine learning to anticipate where Pager was going to be moving the physical controller, and was eventually able to predict it accurately before the move was actually made.

    Researchers then removed the paddle entirely, and eventually did the same thing with Pong, ultimately ending up at a place where Pager no longer was even moving its hand on the air on the nonexistent paddle, and was instead controlling the in-game action entirely with its mind via the Link hardware and embedded neural threads.

    (More on the link)

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    Scientists create human-monkey hybrid embryos in a lab

    “Has science gone too far?” has become something of a meme of late. People post the question sarcastically on images of homemade Oreos with cream from 100 of the cookies, or a fast-food sandwich where the buns are replaced with fried chicken. It’s funny, but scientists are now legitimately asking the question after a team of researchers revealed that they have created chimera embryos in the lab.

    A chimera is a hybrid of two species. In this case, scientists working on new possibilities for creating lab-grown organs for human transplants created early embryos that are half-human and half-monkey. The idea is that if scientists can grow parts of animals in the lab, and those pieces are close enough to humans to be used for transplants, a limitless supply of new organs could be on the horizon. The problem? They’re growing human/monkey hybrids in a lab for the purpose of slicing them up and sticking the pieces in living humans.

    Scientists have experimented with using certain types of human stem cells in animal embryos in the past, including in pigs and mice. They found that the tissues were simply too different to allow for strong integration. Monkeys, on the other hand, are much more closely related to humans, and when using human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) in cynomolgus monkey embryos in the lab, they found that the human cells integrated at a might deeper level.

    So, scientists found a way to get human stem cells to play nicely with monkey embryos, but that’s not all. They also found that the cells communicated in a way that they didn’t necessarily expect. The findings suggest that there’s a lot to learn about the evolutionary paths of both humans and primates, and it may aid in the development of hybrids in the future, for better or worse.
    Ultimately we’re going to have to make a choice as a species. Are we okay with creating what are essentially organ farms, where we exploit nature (including other species) in order to grow organs for transplant into humans? Could it eventually save human lives? Almost certainly yes. But those lives will be saved after we create a new hybrid species, at least in part, and then kill and harvest its organs. Creepy.

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  11. pigfarmer

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    creepy until you need a new pamcreas

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