The recent release of “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" reminded me of one of my favorite ape vs. man films – this 1932 video that shows a baby chimpanzee and a baby human undergoing the same basic psychological tests.

Its gets weirder – the human baby (Donald) and the chimpanzee baby (Gua) were both raised as humans by their biological/adopted father Winthrop Niles Kellogg.  Kellogg was a comparative psychologist fascinated by the interplay between nature and nurture, and he devised a fascinating (and questionably ethical) experiment to study it:

Suppose an anthropoid were taken into a typical human family at the day of birth and reared as a child. Suppose he were fed upon a bottle, clothed, washed, bathed, fondled, and given a characteristically human environment; that he were spoken to like the human infant from the moment of parturition; that he had an adopted human mother and an adopted human father.

First, Kellogg had to convince his pregnant wife he wasn’t crazy:

 …the enthusiasm of one of us met with so much resistance from the other that it appeared likely we could never come to an agreement upon whether or not we should even attempt such an undertaking.

She apparently gave in, because Donald and Gua were raised, for nine months, as brother and sister. Much like Caesar in the “Planet of the Apes” movies, Gua developed faster than her “brother,” and often outperformed him in tasks. But she soon hit a cognitive wall, and the experiment came to an end. (Probably for the best, as Donald had begun to speak chimpanzee.)

You can read more about Kellogg’s experiment, its legacy, and public reaction to it here.

Reblogged from asapscience






"Fuck You, Old People" — Group Piece at CUPSI 2014

"By the way, you can’t actually pick yourself up by your own bootstraps. That’s now how physics works."


this gives me life….

"Act your fucking age" god damn, this has a good message here.

39 seconds in and I reblogged it

Too good and true not to reblog.



Now that I have your attention b/c sexy, silly, kawaii, and fandom…

Parakeets make for fun and entertaining companions. Given the proper care, parakeets can live as long as 10 to 14 years - nearly as long as cats and dogs. The following 10 tips will give you the information you need to raise happy, healthy birds!

1. Parakeets Need Friends

If you have a single bird, you will either need to spend a lot of time with him/her or consider getting a second bird for ideal level of companionship for your parakeet. They are a social people.

2. Be Sure to Vary the Food

Try to convert your bird to a healthy pellet diet. Seeds are a very common source of bacterial infection, and can easily lower the health and lifespan of your bird. Bacteria can build up and overwhelm your bird over time. Birds adapt to pellets at various rates, and initially may reject them, perhaps vigorously. However, usually 90% of parakeets will convert within two weeks using the following plan:

  • Leave pellets in a food dish in cage at all time.
  • Give birds seed for only one hour in the morning and one hour at night.
  • The rest of the time they have to snack on pellets.
  • Generally, the 10% of parakeets which don’t switch in two weeks will switch after a short period of reverting to a seed diet.

3. Parakeets Love Toys

Parakeets are playful creatures. And there are many toy options you can get for your bird, from rings to swings to bells and beads. Parakeets are drawn to shiny things, things that make noise, and objects they can move around with their beaks or feet. Just take care that any toy you give your parakeet does not have small parts which can come off and become a choking hazard. Don’t over-clutter the cage, either, but rotate through several different toys for variety.

4. Earn Their Trust

With parakeets, trust may take months to build. They will likely be very shy when you first bring them home, but their personalities will emerge within a few weeks. Build trust by placing your finger in front of your bird. Do this every day until it gets the courage to hop on. After a few days of this, try coaxing your bird by gently nudging your finger against its lower chest. With patience, you will build trust in this way. Do not worry if your bird is slow to trust you. Eventually it will be climbing all over you. Just remember the next tip:

5. Never Grab Your Parakeet

To a small bird, few things are more terrifying than an open hand reaching in and grabbing it against its will. Trust between bird and human can evaporate quickly if you grab the little guy. Your parakeet might frustrate you in the beginning by refusing to sit on your finger. But resist the urge to grap. I’ve found it very helpful to buy a cage with a top that detaches—this allows you to easily let your birds out without grabbing and pulling them through the cage door.

6. Parakeets Love to Sing

In fact they can be quite loud! They will chirp, sing, and squawk on their own, but they love to sing along to music or even your own singing. If you’re not vocally-gifted, try playing some music near your birds and see how they react. If you are away all day, consider leaving the radio on for them at a moderate volume.

7. Make Sure They Get Exercise

There is only so much exercise your parakeet can get inside of its cage. It should be taken out regularly to run and fly around. Rooms with hardwood or linoleum floors afford the easiest clean-up. Be sure all doors and windows are shut and curtains closed (birds may fly into windows and injure themselves).

8. Keep a Clean Cage

Parakeet droppings come along at an impressive rate—once every 12 minutes, give or take. I find that taking the cage outside and spraying it down with the hose is the easiest way to get it clean—remove any perches and toys first, of course. Then make sure each perch is scrubbed free of droppings. A clean environment means healthy birds.

9. Get the Right Perches

Cages usually come with a couple boring perches. These should be replaced because they don’t meet your bird’s needs. Bird feet don’t get a proper work-out unless perches vary in diameter. You can buy natural tree branch perches or plastic perches that have fat and thin spots. Perches with a sandpaper finish are also good for parakeets.

10. Keep Your Parakeets in a Bird-Safe Area

Parakeets don’t fare well as temperatures drop below 70 degrees. It is very important to keep their cage away from drafts, either from a window or an air conditioner. Also, the kitchen is not a good place to keep your birds—cleaners and cooking fumes are not good for them, and be sure not to place their cage on top of the refrigerator as the vibrations will disturb them.

All in all, parakeets make great pets. They won’t cost you a lot of money nor do they require a lot of your time. Just follow the simple steps above for caring for your parakeet and it will live a long and healthful life. These beautiful little additions to your family will bring you joy each day and all they will ask for in return is a little love and caring. *New* I’ve added a parakeet frequently asked questions page with further information on parakeets.

Reblogged from animal-research