from Wired's "Top 10 Scientific Breakthroughs of 2007"
Although tool use is known to occur in species ranging from naked mole rats  to owls , chimpanzees are the most accomplished tool users [3, 4, 5]. The modification and use of tools during hunting, however, is still considered to be a uniquely human trait among primates. Here, we report the first account of habitual tool use during vertebrate hunting by nonhumans. At the Fongoli site in Senegal, we observed ten different chimpanzees use tools to hunt prosimian prey in 22 bouts. This includes immature chimpanzees and females, members of age-sex classes not normally characterized by extensive hunting behavior. Chimpanzees made 26 different tools, and we were able to recover and analyze 12 of these. Tool construction entailed up to five steps, including trimming the tool tip to a point. Tools were used in the manner of a spear, rather than a probe or rousing tool. This new information on chimpanzee tool use has important implications for the evolution of tool use and construction for hunting in the earliest hominids, especially given our observations that females and immature chimpanzees exhibited this behavior more frequently than adult males.
Don't you just love it?
Friday, December 28, 2007
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
- 40 gingersnaps
- 6 tablespoons of butter
- 6 apples
- about 3 heaping tablespoons of flour
- about a half cup of sugar
- ginger spice
bake at 350 degrees for, uhhhhh 30 minutes? just peek in the oven and see if you think it looks done.
this pie rules. the molasses in the gingersnaps gets gooey and causes the crust to get really chewy and great. i love it. people love it.
Friday, December 21, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
So a long time ago someone told me I would like this movie. Then my netflix recommended it to me. And I went for it.
This wasn't a bad movie...... it just wasn't that good. The dialog was on par with a Hallmark movie. Remember that haircut movie we saw, and the lady had a tattoo on her head? Blow Dry? It was kinda a lot like that. This guy inherits his family's shoe factory, and in order to save the business he starts making boots for Drag Queens.
The thing is they were obviously trying to make a movie for the gay audience. This is obvious not because of the subject matter, but because the love interest of the movie could be best described as looking like "a bag of buttons". She was this pixie hair cut 13-year-old boy of a woman.
But even worse was the antagonist female role. The woman looked like a bulldog! Her under-bite was under-belivable!
Anyway I'm going to go the way of Kissing Jessica Stein and give this a Fabi-Oh-No. Save yourself the place on your netflix queue and rent Mr.Show instead.
Radio Lab is old news buddy.... I've been waiting for the new season to start so I have new episodes to listen too. Can you get last seasons and listen to the Zoo episode?
Here are some of my other favorite podcasts
-Car Talk www.cartalk.com/ (i don't understand anything they say about cars but they are funny as heck-el berries)
-Wait Wait Don't Tell Me www.npr.org/programs/waitwait/ (the npr news quiz....I'm not a dork, I swear its funny!)
-This American Life by Ira Glass www.thislife.org (ok I am a little bit of a dork but creative non-fiction rocks!)
-and then of course The Ricky Gervais Podcast www.rickygervais.com/ (please start listening to this one! You would love it! i would love you more for loving it!)
I also really like Weekend America, On The Media and Radioworks but that one can sometimes be really sad.
welcome to the podcast world my friend!
(hold on tight... coming up next is my review of the movie we watched last night...Kinky Boots (---fun to say!))
i've recently become smarter. yes. i know, you thought it wasn't possible-but it is!
radiolab.org has free podcasts that are my new source of intellegence and interesting conversation starters. this one is called "Detective Stories" and its mind-blowing! do it!
much love and wisdom,
Posted by ashley at 10:23 AM
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Sunday Baking Adventure! (a.k.a. sometimes cupcakes are not easy)
"THIS IS NOT WHAT YOU HAD PLANNED"
Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
- 7 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
- 3 sticks butter
- 2-1/4 cups sugar
- 8 eggs
- 1-1/4 cups flour
- 1-1/2 teaspoons (7 grams) baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 20 oz can light cherry pie filling
- 1 pack chocolate pudding mix
- melt chocolate and butter in bowl in the microwave
- mix in sugar
- Add one egg at a time, mixing for 10 seconds between each
- put the flour, baking powder, pudding mix, and salt into the mixture, mix until blended
- add cherry filling
- Scoop into cupcake cups and bake at 350 F for 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
makes a shiz-ton of cupcakes! the recipe i used for the base chocolate cupcakes, said it yielded 25 cupcakes. that is officially bogus, considering i just put 30 in the oven, and i still have half the batter left. now comes 2 very important questions.
1. will i have to run back to the grocery and buy more cream cheese for the frosting?
2. how the fuzz am i supposed to get 60 cupcakes up to work tomorrow morning?
i just checked on the first batch after 20 minutes, and they appear to be done, but they have a kind of spongy feel to them, and the tops started to sink after a few minutes (this may be the pudding's fault). i put them back in for another 5 minutes just to make sure they'll hold together. i've got my fingers crossed that they don't end up looking like sad cupcakes, but at least i'm positive they'll taste great!
Now, the frosting.
- 1/2 cup butter
- 8 ounces cream cheese (again-i'm using fat free)
- 4 cups confectioners sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
(i had to add an extra stick of butter because it didn't thicken up enough. after the extra butter it still wasn't thick enough. this is because the real problem was that i didn't have enough sugar. oh well. i just plopped the failure-frosting in the sunken holes of the cupcakes. looks cute enough)
definitely a hit at the office. and in my tummy. i ate six. holy sugar overdose. so they didn't turn out as imagined. but i'm going to pretend they were supposed to look like this. and they are really delicious! tastes puddingy. yums!
soundtrack: the baking process lasted the entirety of 2 weezer albums, one wilco album, and half of the wrens. i think it was the perfect progression from up-beat and exciting to mellow and contemplative, as i look back on my day of baking, and welcome the accidental results.