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Great apes have midlife crises too, study finds


A study of 336 chimpanzees and 172 orangutans suggests that midlife crises might be driven by biological factors. At middle age, a great ape will neither cheat on a spouse nor buy a red sports car on impulse. But researchers have found that chimpanzees and orangutans experience midlife crises just as surely as do humans.


Charla's new face: Chimp-attack victim appears at public hearing

Charla Nash, the victim of a horrific attack by a 200-pound chimpanzee, appeared Friday at a Connecticut legal hearing, where officials are deciding whether she can sue the state for $150 million... Speaking clearly and looking remarkably recovered from the disfiguring attack and her 2011 face transplant, Nash spoke exclusively to NBC News about her recovery and her hopes for the future.

Senh: It's better no face, even though it still doesn't look quite right. Still, this is amazing. Good luck to her.


Police kill rampaging chimp after Las Vegas escape

Authorities say they had no choice but to kill one rampaging chimpanzee and tranquilize another after the primates escaped a Las Vegas-area backyard and tore through a neighborhood, pounding on cars and jumping into at least one vehicle....


"Think Like A Man" and "The Lucky One" End "The Hunger Games"' Reign at the Box Office

Think Like A Man

“Think Like A Man,” the big screen adaptation of Steve Harvey’s bestselling book, did suprisingly well at Friday’s box office by grossing an outstanding $12.2M. What's even more amazing is it did it in just 2000 theaters. It could end the weekend with $30-36M. Films targeted at the African-American audience tend to be front loaded, so it could end in the lower end of estimates. Still, what a surprise. "Think Like A Man" received mixed reviews, scoring 49% on the Tomatometer.


Most Research on Chimps Is Unnecessary, U.S. Panel Says

Research on Chimps

The National Institutes of Health on Thursday suspended all new grants for biomedical and behavioral research on chimpanzees and accepted the first uniform criteria for assessing the necessity of such research. Those criteria require that the research be necessary for human health, and that there be no other way to accomplish it.


Chimp attack victim says she can face the world

Chimp attack victim says she can face the world

Charla Nash no longer feels like she has to hide in public. Nearly three years after a horrifying attack by a friend’s chimpanzee and the ensuing surgery that gave her a new face, she tells NBC News’ Meredith Vieira that she feels free to go out in the world.


Face recognition IDs chimps from photos

Facial recognition isn't just for humans anymore — similar programs run on apes could help park rangers help identify chimps and gorillas, scientists have found.


Chimp attack victim gets face transplant in Boston

Doctors at a Boston hospital have performed a full face transplant on the Connecticut woman who was mauled by her friend's pet chimpanzee. Officials at Brigham and Women's Hospital say they performed the transplant on Charla Nash late last month. The surgery team under the leadership of Dr. Bohdan Pomahac (POE-ma-hawk) also performed a double hand transplant on Nash, but the hands failed to thrive and were removed.


GOP official censured after chimp e-mail

A Calfornia Republican group censured one of its own Thursday, saying her words and actions since sending an e-mail last month depicting President Barack Obama as a chimpanzee have been potentially offensive, damaging and insincere.


GOP official who sent Obama chimpanzee email: 'I am not a racist'

An Orange County Republican Party official who sent an email that portrays President Obama's face superimposed on a chimpanzee with the words: "Now you know why -- No birth certificate!" apologized for her action but insisted she's not a racist.


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