October 16, 2013 |
A young chimpanzee will yawn when a human does, regardless of whether the face is familiar, according to a study that suggests contagious yawning grows stronger in our primate cousins as they grow up. Researchers yawned, gaped or wiped their nose in front of 33 chimpanzees orphaned by Central Africa's illegal bush meat trade and housed at a Sierra Leone primate rehabilitation center. They expected the chimps would more readily copy their "mother," a villager who feeds, cuddles and grooms the captive chimps, some of which arrived when they were a few months old. Instead, infant chimps didn't respond to the human gestures.
September 21, 2013 |
Mush on? That seems to be the new theme of the USC football team, which beat Utah State by a field goal Saturday in a game that Coach Lane Kiffin accurately described as "mushy. " An hour before the game, in the usually teeming streets around the Coliseum, there was smooth traffic and zero buzz. At kickoff, the Coliseum was about half full with a crowd that was barely awake. During the game, there were scattered boos, a few strong cheers, and mostly shrugs. It felt like the desolate Dodger Stadium in the last days of the Frank McCourt era. The Trojans even played like the Dodgers in those final days, barely hanging on as if waiting for somebody to rescue them.
August 7, 2013 |
Dog owners: Do you think your beloved animal has empathy for you when you come home dog-tired, drop into a chair and let out a big, loud yawn? Scientists think dogs might be feeling empathy for their owners when they do what humans often do with one another: contagious yawning. Dogs yawn more frequently when the human yawner is their owner than when it's a stranger, researchers said in a study published Wednesday in the journal PLOS One. "Our study suggests that contagious yawning in dogs is emotionally connected in a way similar to humans,” Teresa Romero, who conducted the study with colleagues from the University of Tokyo, said in a statement.
July 24, 2013 |
George Alexander Louis, what happened? Your royal-baby highness' birth was supposed to be one of the TV events of the year. Instead, Americans have mostly yawned at the hyperventilating coverage of baby George, born Monday to Prince William and his wife, the former Kate Middleton. The infant's name -- he'll be officially known as Prince George of Cambridge -- was revealed in news reports early Wednesday. On Tuesday night, ABC's soon-to-be-retiring Barbara Walters hosted a 10 p.m. special about the royal baby that drew dismal ratings.
July 11, 2013 |
Eyes flying open. Hands clasped over gaping mouths. "MasterChef" competitors looking at each other as if in need of smelling salts. Really? Such appearances suggested that Lynn's departure was something of a shock to the competitors. But to viewers? Much ado about nothing. Granted, Lynn was dubbed the "King of Plating" by all those around him. And he could indeed make a plate look good. Tasting good, though, was something else entirely. He wasn't dominating in any of the challenges.
April 5, 2013 |
SEOUL - When North Korea last weekend declared it was in a state of war, threatening to use nuclear weapons against South Korea, reduce its presidential palace to ashes and mercilessly sweep away the warmongers, residents of Seoul reacted much as they always do. They yawned. Decades of living in the shadow of an erratic, menacing neighbor have made South Koreans almost deaf to the rhetoric from the North. Many people maintain a blase attitude, shrugging off the bombastic threats as another case of "the boy who cried wolf.