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.
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October 19, 2011 |
People who love the Los Angeles Zoo get excited about any new animal — be it tiger cub, former circus elephant or Komodo dragon hatchling. So imagine the thrill of 66 new arrivals at one time, among them a Channel Island fox, a baby rhinoceros, a lioness, three racehorses and … a unicorn. All the animals, including the mythical one, have found a home in the zoo's newest habitat — the Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel, which will open to the public Oct. 27. PHOTOS: Colorful carousel The hope is that the colorful new attraction will be a big draw and — at $3 for a three-minute ride — generate cash for the zoo for years to come.
September 22, 2010 |
One of the nastiest of the parasites that cause malaria may have originated in gorillas, scientists say after analyzing thousands of samples of primate feces. The findings may clear chimpanzees of much of the blame. Previous studies had suggested that the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum , which infects humans, had evolved from a parasite that infected the common ancestor of humans and chimps before their lineages diverged 5 million to 7 million years ago. Another theory posited that humans had contracted the parasite from chimpanzees — as happened with HIV — possibly after hunting the primates for their meat.
June 30, 2010 |
For more than 45 years, the defining experience for Universal Studios Hollywood has been the venerable tram tour through the production facilities and backlot. Now the ride is being brought to the 21st century by filmmaker Peter Jackson and the world's most famous gorilla. Beginning Thursday, the tram will take a detour that transports guests to Jackson's version of Skull Island, where they will be attacked by dinosaurs and rescued by the three-story-tall silverback gorilla. The new attraction, "King Kong 360 3-D," replaces the original, which burned in a June 2008 fire that also destroyed several famous backlot sets.