January 16, 2014 |
Dian Fossey, a naturalist who chronicled her life among the gorillas of Rwanda in the book "Gorillas in the Mist," was honored Thursday with a Google Doodle. Her work with what she called "the greatest of the great apes" helped to recast the 400-pound gorillas as gentle giants desperately in need of protection from poachers. In the doodle you'll notice a close up of a gorilla's nose. Fossey used gorilla's individual "noseprints" to help identify them. PHOTOS: Fascinating animal discoveries of 2013 Fossey was 6 feet tall, a San Francisco native and a chain smoker.
November 8, 2013 |
How to make Bruno Mars' delightfully naughty "Gorilla" a little naughtier? With help from R. Kelly and Pharrell. That's who Mars hit up for a just-released remix of the song, a raunchy highlight from the singer's great 2012 album, " Unorthodox Jukebox . " Posted Friday on Twitter (following a Q&A that Mars conducted there), the new version expands on the original's wildlife theme, with Kelly describing himself as "an anaconda in your garden" and Pharrell proposing some carefully chosen yoga positions.
August 12, 2013 |
You might wonder what ingredient in a Mexican-made hair gel called Moco de Gorila - or Gorilla Snot - got its distributor in trouble with the law. It's probably not what you're thinking. It was the styling product's smog-forming compounds that prompted California air regulators to take action against Midway Importing Inc. The Houston-based company, which distributes health and beauty care products nationwide, paid $213,000 in fines for selling the line of hair gel in violation of consumer product regulations designed to protect air quality, the California Air Resources Board said Monday.
May 23, 2013 |
CANNES, France -- A trip to Le Marche, the film market at Cannes, is always a tonic experience. The energy created by the unabashed desire to make large sums of money is a refreshing change of pace after the more rarefied experiences of other parts of the festival. Le Marche is where you can see hijab-wearing women working for an Iranian production company next to a booth where Japanese horror producers are selling “Cult” (“from the producers of 'Ring' and 'The Grudge'”).
March 24, 2012 |
Gorillapods are flexible, multi-jointed camera tripods that can be bent around door handles, tree limbs and other objects. Now comes the Gorillapod Micro, a simpler, sleeker model that can remain attached to a camera all the time. The Micro has three zinc alloy legs that can grip uneven surfaces with their rubberized feet. The legs, though not multi-jointed, fan out from an aluminum positioning ball that allows 36 degrees of movement in any direction. The Micro screws into the tripod plate that's standard on most cameras.
March 7, 2012 |
Scientists have decoded the DNA of the western lowland gorilla, a feat that could boost conservation efforts for the endangered apes as well as broaden researchers' understanding of human origins. The complete sequence of 20,962 genes — extracted from the skin cells of Kamilah, a 34-year-old gorilla who lives at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park — was compiled by an international team of more than 60 researchers who worked on the project for about five years. "The gorilla genome is important because gorillas are our second-closest living relatives," said Richard Durbin, senior author of a paper about the discovery published Wednesday in the journal Nature.