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Officials last week revealed that the U.S. contribution to ITER could cost $3.9 billion by 2034—roughly four times the...
An experimental hepatitis B drug that looked safe in animal trials tragically killed five of 15 patients in 1993. Now,...
Using the two high-quality genomes that exist for Neandertals and Denisovans, researchers find clues to gene activity...
A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes that humanity has done little to slow...
Astronomers have discovered an Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of a red dwarf—a star cooler than the sun—500...
Three years ago, Jennifer Francis of Rutgers University proposed that a warming Arctic was altering the behavior of the...
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ScienceShot: Happy Orangutans Live Longer
28 June 2011 7:01 pm
Happy humans tend to live longer, and the same appears to hold true for orangutans. In a new study, published online today in Biology Letters, researchers surveyed the well-being of 184 zoo-housed orangutans by asking zookeepers to answer a four-item questionnaire. Keepers were asked to rate the orangutans' general positive mood, social life, and ability to reach desired locations and objects. Those orangutans judged to be the happiest were 42% less likely to pass away within 7 years after the survey was taken. The researchers suspect that, just like humans, happier apes tend to have less stress and health problems, which helps them to live longer.
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