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Comment: Re:Isn't that just... (Score 1) 195

by Kupek (#27331151) Attached to: Chimps Have a Built-In GPS

The question is not whether or not an animal is able to navigate. All animals do navigation of some kind.

The question is how the animal navigates. The researchers are arguing that instead of using landmarks ("I've reached the big tree, I should turn left now"), they're relying on a mental map ("I started 20 paces forward and 5 paces left of my destination, and I've gone 20 paces forward, so I still need to go 5 paces left.")

If people here would actually take the time to read the actual research, they'd probably learn something. Instead, what I usually see is people make an assumption about what they think the research is (often aided by a poor blurb), fit it into something they already know, and dismiss it as irrelevant.

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Human Rights Court Calls UK DNA Database a 'Breach of Rights' 206

Posted by timothy
from the could-have-saved-them-some-time dept.
psmears writes "Describing a judgment that is likely to rein in the scope of the UK DNA database, where at present the DNA of those arrested by the police is kept permanently (even if the people concerned are never convicted, or even charged), the BBC reports that the European Court of Human Rights has ruled that keeping such people's DNA in the database 'could not be regarded as necessary in a democratic society.'" Reader megla adds a link to the full text of the judgement.

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