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Orangutan (Josefine Kalbitz/MPI-EVA) Study shows apes can plan ahead  - BBC  Bonobos and orangutans are capable of future planning, according to a study published in the journal Science. Researchers found the apes could select a suitable tool for reaching a treat, carry it away, and return with it to retrieve the reward hours later. Researchers found the apes could select a suitable tool for reaching a treat, carry it away, and return with it to retrieve the reward hours later. "wWen they transport the tool and save it, they have no use for the tool. They need to anticipate that they will require it solve a problem in the future." Such skills may have evolved about 14 million years ago..    
Monkeys 'string words together'  - BBC  The first evidence monkeys can string "words" together to communicate in a similar way to humans has been found. Putty-nosed monkeys in West Africa share the human ability to combine different sounds to mean different things, according to researchers. The scientists identified two call types - "pyows" and "hacks" - which the monkeys use to alert each other to danger; but found a string of pyows warned of a loitering leopard, while a burst of hacks indicated a hovering eagle. A sentence made up of several pyows, followed by a few hacks, told the group to move to safer ground.   

Human-chimp evolution twist  - BBC  Humans and chimpanzees may have split away from a common ancestor far more recently than was previously thought. A detailed analysis of human and chimp DNA suggests the lines finally diverged less than 5.4 million years ago. The finding, published in the journal Nature, is about 1-2 million years later than the fossils have indicated. A US team says its results hint at the possibility that interbreeding occurred between the two lines for thousands, even millions, of years. "So, there might have been an original divergence and a separation for long enough that the species became differentiated - for example, we might have adapted features such as upright walking - and then there was a re-mixture event quite a while after; a hybridisation event," he told the Science in Action programme on the BBC World Service. This hybridisation would have been important in swapping genes for traits that allowed the emerging species to survive in their environments.    
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Biosciences:
5/23/2006: Study shows apes can plan ahead   - BBC
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Monkeys 'string words together'   - BBC
5/23/2006: US woodpecker search 'no-show'  - BBC
5/23/2006: Final genome 'chapter' published  - BBC
5/23/2006: 'Clear threats' to new Oxford lab  - BBC
5/23/2006: Deep-sea fish stocks 'plundered'  - BBC
5/23/2006: Bird of prey numbers rise  - BBC
5/23/2006: Radioactive spill: Fetch the microbes - C/Net
5/23/2006: Photos: Studying the microbes - C/Net

Geosciences, Environment:
5/23/2006: 'Above normal' hurricanes in 2006  - BBC
5/23/2006: Animated guideL Hurricanes  - BBC

Computers:
Games and Devices
5/23/2006: Top 20 Games We'd Like to Play
 - Business Week
5/23/2006: Immersion Speaks Out on PS3 Controller - Business Week

Hardware and Software

5/23/2006: Apple moves all laptops to Intel  - BBC
5/23/2006: Apple's New Store is Pure Glass - Business Week
5/23/2006: Slide Show: Apple in the Big Apple - Business Week
5/23/2006: Micron's Megapixel Movement - Business Week
5/23/2006: The Stamp-Sized Story of Computers - Business Week
5/23/2006: Selling Sound: Bose Knows - Business Week
5/23/2006: Intel branches out from the Core
- C/Net
5/23/2006: Transmeta reveals secret project
- C/Net

Communications
5/23/2006: Eliot Spitzer's Digital Platform
 - Business Week
5/23/2006: Skype Goes for Broke
 - Business Week
5/23/2006: The New Wireless Wars
 - Business Week
5/23/2006: Start-up may have cure to citywide Wi-Fi woes
- C/Net
5/23/2006: Wireless tech about to get really interesting
- C/Net

Internet
5/23/2006: Invitation for 'silver surfers'  - BBC
5/23/2006: Web attacks end anti-spam effort  - BBC
5/23/2006: Goodbye Clutter, Hello Clever - Business Week
5/23/2006: Life on the Web's Factory Floor - Business Week
5/23/2006: Photos: Inside Google Australia - C/Net
5/23/2006: The fight against V1@gra (and other spam) - C/Net
5/23/2006: Investors validate 'Snobster' concept
- C/Net
5/23/2006: Google retains lead in U.S. search market
- C/Net
5/23/2006: An online market blooms for video clip reruns
  - NY Time
5/23/2006: Yahoo!'s edge
  - C/Net

Miscellaneous
5/23/2006: Collision course for Symantec - C/Net
5/23/2006: At WinHEC, Vista and more - C/Net
5/23/2006: News analysis: Redmond revs up iTunes rivalry - C/Net
5/23/2006: Microsoft: Set your systems for Vista
5/23/2006: Keylogger spying at work on the rise, survey says - C/Net
5/23/2006: Veterans' data swiped in theft - C/Net
5/23/2006: Windows: Fun with Vista's magic 8-ball - C/Net

Energy:
5/23/2006: Samsung's Fuel-Cell Gambit - Business Week
5/23/2006: Hacking your Prius - C/Net

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5/23/2006: Cancer survivor's advice to programmers, others - C/Net

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History, Anthropology:
5/23/2006: Human-chimp evolution twist   - BBC
5/23/2006: Is evolution predictable? - C/Net

Miscellaneous:
5/23/2006: Airbus A380 jet lands at Heathrow  - BBC
5/23/2006: Pressure or leisure: Will China in 2026 bring bliss for all, or is disaster looming?  - BBC
5/23/2006: It Feels Like 1998 All Over Again - Business Week
5/23/2006: Slide Show: What Things Cost - Business Week
5/23/2006: The Art of Doing It Yourself - Business Week
5/23/2006: Vetting Your Idea - Business Week
5/23/2006: Ties That Bind -- and Build a Business - Business Week
5/23/2006: When to Say, "You're Hired!" - Business Week
5/23/2006: Would I Lie to You- Five Cons Still Kicking - Business Week
5/23/2006: Building Good Web Buzz - Business Week
5/23/2006: Best Foot Forward from the Start - Business Week
5/23/2006: Tips on Getting Started - Business Week
5/23/2006: Counting the cost of counterfeiting - C/Net
5/23/2006: Paperless voting: Will your vote count in 2006? - C/Net
5/23/2006: Skills Survey 2006: Thumbs-up for in-sourcing  - C/Net
5/23/2006: Five guidelines for using statistics  - C/Net
5/23/2006: What's on Hillary's iPod playlist?  - C/Net

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5/23/2006: 'Big brother' informs baby talk
  - BBC

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5/23/2006: Powerful telescope set for Chile  - BBC
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Technology:
5/23/2006: Changing times Histories and mysteries of the world's time zones
  - BBC
5/23/2006: Satellite radio in recordings row
  - BBC
5/23/2006: Raising Your House's IQ
 - Business Week
5/23/2006: Slide Show: Home Smart Home
 - Business Week
5/23/2006: Nanotubes squeeze salt from water
5/23/2006: Wireless tech about to get really interesting
- C/Net
5/23/2006: Gadgets: Clock keeps pace with 'Da Vinci' fever
- C/Net

  



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