By prodding a tiny brain region linked to consciousness, scientists caused anaesthetised monkeys to suddenly become awake and alert. This fascinating result is providing new clues about the brain and how it produces conscious awareness—insights that could potentially lead to therapies for patients trapped in a coma.
Pig-tailed macaques in Malaysia love to visit oil palm plantations, where they snack on abundantly available fruit. Despite the damage inflicted on the crops, these monkeys actually do more good than harm owing to their predilection for an even-worse pest: rats.
Get paid, Katie the capuchin. It’s a tough industry out there, for simians or otherwise.