Monkeys Like Watching Television !!

Monkeys like watching television, Japanese scientists have revealed in a new study A three-year-old male rhesus macaque thoroughly enjoyed a video of a circus elephant, giraffe and tiger performing, according to scientists from 1 University’s Primate Research Institute, who monitored the monkey’s brain during the experiment.

Scientist used a technique called near-infrared spectroscopy to examine various aspects of the blood flow to the brain of the monkey while it was watching the television images The study found that when the monkey was witnessing the acrobatic performances of circus animals on a television screen, the frontal lobe area of its brain became vigorously active.
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Oscar Clears Way For 'Cove' In Japan

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An Oscar win by “The Cove,” a documentary chronicling bloody dolphin hunting in a Japanese fishing town, could give the film the critical audience its makers wanted to reach: ordinary moviegoers in Japan.

News that the movie won the Academy Award for best feature documentary was greeted with surprise in Japan because many Japanese hadn’t heard of it. The U.S. film, directed by former National Geographic photographer Louie Psihoyos, hasn’t been shown in commercial theaters in Japan except for a single viewing during the Tokyo International Film Festival in October.

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Oscar Clears Way For 'Cove' In Japan

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An Oscar win by “The Cove,” a documentary chronicling bloody dolphin hunting in a Japanese fishing town, could give the film the critical audience its makers wanted to reach: ordinary moviegoers in Japan.

News that the movie won the Academy Award for best feature documentary was greeted with surprise in Japan because many Japanese hadn’t heard of it. The U.S. film, directed by former National Geographic photographer Louie Psihoyos, hasn’t been shown in commercial theaters in Japan except for a single viewing during the Tokyo International Film Festival in October.

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Tokyo To Receive 2 Pandas From China Next Year

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Japanese panda fans will be able to see the endangered animals in Tokyo next year for the first time since 2008, after the city reached an agreement to pay nearly $1 million a year to borrow a pair from China, officials said Friday.Tokyo’s Ueno Zoo has been without a giant panda for the first time since 1972, when a pair arrived to mark the signing of a peace treaty between Japan and China. Ling Ling, a panda who came to Tokyo in 1992, died in April 2008 at the age of 22, which in human terms is equivalent to about 70.

Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara told reporters Friday that two pandas are expected to arrive in Tokyo early next year and would cost $950,000 a year.”It’s quite a costly deal,” Ishihara said, adding that Tokyo officials bargained to get $50,000 off the original $1 million price tag. The payments will help rebuild a panda sanctuary in China’s Sichuan province and fund joint breeding projects between Japan and China, he said.
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Scientists Create Translucent Goldfish

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Japanese researchers have produced a new species of goldfish with see-through skin. You can see the fish’s beating heart, brain, and other internal organs, right through its invisible scales. And that’s precisely the point–the scientists created the fish to eliminate the need for dissections, which are getting ever more controversial in Japan. Here’s how they did it. Creating the ‘Ryukin’: the Translucent Goldfish According to the AFP, the researchers “produced the “ryukin” goldfish by picking mutant hatchery goldfish with pale skin and breeding them together.” They effectively bred fish with translucent, pigment-less scales and skin. The see-through fish will also live 20 years and grow up to 10 inches long–proving they’re certainly not your average goldfish.

Another group of Japanese researchers had already developed translucent frogs, which they’re planning on ‘mass producing’ and selling as early as next year. The see-through goldfish should be close behind. Both were created in response to mounting pressures from animal rights groups who object to mass dissections.
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Japanese Whalers Using 'Military' Sonic Device: Activists

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Anti-whaling activists accused Japanese fishermen Friday of using a military-type sonic device and water cannon against their helicopter as risky skirmishes in Antarctic seas escalated.

The Sea Shepherd animal rights group said the whalers used a Long Range Acoustical Device (LRAD) to repel the activists’ helicopter, and then blasted the aircraft with water after it landed back on the anti-whalers’ ship.”This was an extremely irresponsible thing to do,” helicopter pilot Chris Aultman said of the sonic equipment.”That device can cause nausea and disorientation and the use of it against an aircraft is both extremely dangerous and grossly irresponsible.”

LRAD is a device sometimes used for crowd control and also by US forces in Iraq. It has also been used by ships to repel pirates in waters off Somalia, according to reports.A Sea Shepherd statement said the Japanese Shonan Maru No.2 also fired water cannon “in an attempt to destroy the helicopter on the landing pad”.Japan’s Institute of Cetacean Research, which runs the whaling operations, said the sonic device was meant to warn the activists, not to hurt them.

“We are using a long range acoustic device only for the purpose of delivering our warning message to them,” said an official at the institute.”It is not meant to harm people or hurt their hearing.”
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Japanese Whalers Using 'Military' Sonic Device: Activists

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Anti-whaling activists accused Japanese fishermen Friday of using a military-type sonic device and water cannon against their helicopter as risky skirmishes in Antarctic seas escalated.

The Sea Shepherd animal rights group said the whalers used a Long Range Acoustical Device (LRAD) to repel the activists’ helicopter, and then blasted the aircraft with water after it landed back on the anti-whalers’ ship.”This was an extremely irresponsible thing to do,” helicopter pilot Chris Aultman said of the sonic equipment.”That device can cause nausea and disorientation and the use of it against an aircraft is both extremely dangerous and grossly irresponsible.”

LRAD is a device sometimes used for crowd control and also by US forces in Iraq. It has also been used by ships to repel pirates in waters off Somalia, according to reports.A Sea Shepherd statement said the Japanese Shonan Maru No.2 also fired water cannon “in an attempt to destroy the helicopter on the landing pad”.Japan’s Institute of Cetacean Research, which runs the whaling operations, said the sonic device was meant to warn the activists, not to hurt them.

“We are using a long range acoustic device only for the purpose of delivering our warning message to them,” said an official at the institute.”It is not meant to harm people or hurt their hearing.”
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Japanese Fishing Trawler Sunk By Giant Jellyfish

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A 10-ton fishing boat has been sunk by gigantic jellyfish off eastern Japan. The trawler, the Diasan Shinsho-maru, capsized off Chiba`as its three-man crew was trying to haul in a net containing dozens of huge Nomura’s jellyfish.

Each of the jellyfish can weigh up to 200 kg and waters around Japan have been inundated with the creatures this year. Experts believe weather and water conditions in the breeding grounds, off the coast of China, have been ideal for the jellyfish in recent months.The crew of the fishing boat was thrown into the sea when the vessel capsized, but the three men were rescued by another trawler, according to the Mainichi newspaper. The local Coast Guard office reported that the weather was clear and the sea was calm at the time of the accident.
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