Chimpanzees use manipulative dexterity to evaluate and select figs, a vital resource when preferred foods are scarce, according to a new Dartmouth-led study just published by Interface Focus. The action resembles that of humans shopping for fruits, and the study demonstrates the foraging advantages of opposable fingers and careful manual prehension, or the act of grasping an object with precision. The findings shed new light on the ecological origins of hands with fine motor control, a trait that enabled our early human ancestors to manufacture and use stone tools. (A pdf of the study is available upon request. The paper will be available for free via open access once the embargo lifts, as the link is not currently live). …read moreContinue reading →
NewswireToday (newswire) – 2016/04/22 Ludwigshafen, Germany – BASF has signed an agreement to sell its global Polyolefin Catalysts business to W.R. Grace & Co. Currently, the Polyolefin Catalysts business is part of BASF’s Catalysts division – Grace.com / Catalysts.BASF.com …read moreContinue reading →
A century ago, more than 60,000 tigers roamed the wild. Today, the worldwide estimate has dwindled to around 3,200. Poaching is one of the main drivers of this precipitous drop. Whether killed for skins, medicine or trophy hunting, humans have pushed tigers to near-extinction. The same applies to other large animal species like elephants and rhinoceros that play unique and crucial roles in the ecosystems where they live. …read moreContinue reading →
Featured automation technology designed to help oil and gas producers increase visibility and access to enterprisewide operations
MILWAUKEE, April 21, 2016 — Rockwell Automation will showcase solutions and services designed to help oil and gas producers contain costs and increase efficiencies at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston, May 2 to 5. The company will exhibit its innovative suite of process control, motor control, safety and information solutions in Booth 11307.
Oil and gas companies are consistently seeking new ways to increase efficiencies and optimize processes amid shrinking profit margins, tightening environmental regulations and emerging opera… …read more