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Apes Gamble by Calculating Odds

Do apes love to gamble just like humans do? You bet! New study by Max Planck scientists reveal that apes can calculate odds before taking risky gambles: Experts observed apes as they gambled using upturned cups concealing pieces of chopped banana. Given the choice of a safe bet of a small piece of banana or a larger [...]

Plasma Can Kill Off Viruses

Would you snort a plasma lamp to fight the common cold? Don’t laugh – plasma balls may be trippy to you but they’re downright deadly to viruses. According to scientists, cold plasma (basically a stream of ionized gas) [...]

New Software Adjusts Actors’ Body Shapes Automatically

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics in Saarbrücken, Germany have created computer modeling software that can adjust the shape of a person in a video recording from one frame and adapt the physical appearance of that person in the remaining frames. So an actor can appear thinner or fatter than s/he is in [...]

Dietribes: Raspberries

• First thing’s first: a raspberry is a bramble, or any plant belonging to the fierce-sounding genus Rubus. Raspberries are cousins with other bramble fruits, including blackberries. Also part of the diverse family Rosaceae are roses, strawberries, apples, pears, apricots and peaches. • Raspberries and blackberries are classified as fruit, but are of a slightly different [...]

Walking in Circles

In many horror movies, there’s a scene when the captives try to escape. After hours of attempted fleeing, the characters realize they’d been walking in circles, and they’re as close to the murderer as they were when they started. Turns out there’s something to this. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Germany [...]