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Washington DC, Aug 16 (ANI): A new study reveals that apes might be closer to speaking than many scientists thought.

In a study, Marcus Perlman, who started research work at The Gorilla Foundation, sifted 71 hours of video of Koko, a gorilla best known for American Sign Language, interacting with other researchers, and found repeated examples of Koko performing nine different, voluntary behaviors that required control over her vocalisation and breathing. These were learned behaviors, not part of the typical gorilla repertoire.

Perlman watched Koko blow a raspberry when she wanted a treat, blow her nose into a tissue, play wind instruments, huff moisture onto a pair of glasses before wiping them with a cloth and mimic phone conversations by chattering wordlessly into a telephone cradled between her ear and the crook of an elbow.

Perlman said that Koko did not produce a pretty, periodic sound when she performed these behaviors, like people do when they speak, adding that she could control her larynx enough to produce a controlled grunting sound.

He said that most probably Koko was no more gifted than other gorillas, adding that the difference was just her environmental circumstances.

This suggested that some of the evolutionary groundwork for the human ability to speak was in place at least by the time of our last common ancestor with gorillas, estimated to be around 10 million years ago.

Perlman further said that Koko showed the potential under the right environmental conditions for apes to develop quite a bit of flexible control over their vocal tract.

The study is published in the journal Animal Cognition.

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KFC’s edible coffee cup isn’t made of chicken, but we wouldn’t put that past them

By Elliot Hannon, Slate

I’m reluctant to write about the fact that KFC has apparently disrupted the fast-food industry with an edible coffee cup. The primary reason for this is it seems like the type of story, found on the ficklest Internet promenades, that exists only to make people (me) feel stupid for believing it in the first place. It’s like China’s the People’s Daily reporting (seriously) on the Onion for declaring Kim Jong-un the sexiest man alive—just with an extra whiff of willful Uproxxian indifference to the truth.

With that said, and the general disclaimer that you probably shouldn’t be buying coffee from a fried-chicken joint no matter the circumstance, KFC appears to have shocked the world with its ice cream cone–like reinvention of the tired old (cardboard) coffee cup. The breakout product from the colonel is named the “Scoff-ee Cup.” Try to get past it.

The new coffee cone is “made from biscuit, wrapped in sugar paper and then lined with a layer of heat-resistant white chocolate to keep the coffee hot and the cup crispy,” according to the Telegraph. The edible cups are also infused with different aromas including: coconut sun cream, freshly cut grass, and wild flowers. They’re obviously still working out some of the kinks.

Before you alter your morning routine to add a couple hundred extra daily calories, the Scoff-ee Cup is still only in the trial stage and is slated to hit KFC outlets in the U.K., which is now apparently more American than America.

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Washington: A New survey by the Pew Research Center has reportedly revealed that 40 percent of web users have been harassed online at some point of time.

The harshest forms of abuse — physical threats, stalking and sexual harassment — are often reserved for women, The Verge reported.

With responses from 2,849 Web users, the Pew study appears to be the most detailed of its kind looking at abusive behavior on the Web.

And it comes at a time when high profile cases of online abuse, many of them targeting women, have bubbled up from the Web’s darker corners into the full light of public scrutiny.

Director of Internet, Science and Technology research at the center Lee Rainie said that there’s a pretty broad spectrum of these actions, and some of it is quite severe. (ANI)

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Washington, Oct 17 (ANI): Tech giant Google has said that it can create an artificial personal assistant for users, if they agree to give up more and more of your personal information

Google’s Chairman, Eric Schmidt said that technology like Google will guide people to better, smarter decisions.

He added that the evolution of Google is to go from you asking Google what to search for, to Google helping you anticipate, to make you smarter, and

Like any good personal assistant, Google needs to know everything about you. The search giant keeps track of what sites you visit, what you search, and who you email.

Schmidt points out that you can change your Google privacy settings to share less information, and anything you do share remains between you and Google.

However, the company doesn’t sell specific information about you to third party advertisers, though Google does anonymously share some more general information about you that allows companies to tailor ads, the report said.

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Washington, Oct 17 (ANI): Apple senior vice president of software engineering, Craig Federighi said that introducing Macbooks with touch screens is something Apple has no plans to do.

Federighi said that they don’t think it’s the right interface, honestly, Mac is sort of a sit-down experience.

He added that it’s awkward and uncomfortable to sit at a desk and continuously reach forward to touch a computer screen. It’s not like an iPad or iPhone that you hold in your hands and use in a very relaxed position, CNET reported.

He further added that they’ve really focused on building the best track pads we can, something where it feels your posture’s relaxed, it’s a comfortable machine to use, and of course, over the years we’ve experimented with all the technology, but we found it just wasn’t good. We’re not all that interested in building one.