Monday, October 03, 2005

Unlike Me, Monkeys are Willing to Pay for Porn

A new study found that male monkeys will give up their juice rewards in order to ogle pictures of female monkey's bottoms. The way the experiment was set up, the act is akin to paying for the images, the researchers say.

The rhesus macaque monkeys also splurged on photos of top-dog counterparts, the high-ranking primates. Maybe that's like you or me buying People magazine.

The research, which will be detailed in the March issue of Current Biology, gets more interesting.

The scientists actually had to pay these guys, in the form of extra juice, to get them to look at images of lower-ranking monkeys.

Curiously, the monkeys in the test hadn't had any direct physical contact with the monkeys in the photos, so they didn't have personal experience with who was hot and who was not.

"So, somehow, they are getting this information by observation -- by seeing other individuals interact," said Michael Platt of the Duke University Medical Center.

Next, Platt and his colleagues want to see how people will perform in a similar experiment.

Link [via Cynical-C]

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Uncrippled E-ink device

Thanks to the lovely Chinese (and despite the shortsighted Americans/Japanese) we'll be able to buy an e-book reader based on the same technology as the Sony Librie (just like reading a dead-tree book, apparently) without all the shitty book-killing DRM. Tianjin Jinke Electronics' Hanlin V2 will read pdf, doc, ascii, ppt, xls, html. It's scheduled to come out in May 2006, runs on Linux, uses MMC or SD cards and will apparently be priced at US$349 (~NZ$500). I'm a cheap bastard, but the prospect of not having to lug around several kgs of books or deal with stupid fucking crippleware is very enticing indeed.

[Via BoingBoing]
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