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MrSeb writes "Ken Schweller, a computer scientist and psychologist, and also the chairman of the Great Ape Trust in Des Moines, Iowa, has a vision: He wants to put wireless Android tablets in the hands of bonobo apes. The Great Ape Trust Sanctuary is home to seven bonobos, including the world-famous Kanzi, and two orangutans. So far the Sanctuary has focused almost exclusively on language, with the bonobos and their keepers communicating through lexigrams on a touch-screen TV. Now Schweller wants to go one step further and outfit the bonobos with wireless tablets running custom Bonobo Chat software, allowing the apes to communicate with their keepers (and other bonobos!) from anywhere in the Sanctuary, and to remotely control devices such as vending machines, doors, and the RoboBonobo. If all this wasn't weird (cool?) enough, the RoboBonobo is even outfitted with a water cannon (so the telepresent apes can play "chase games" with humans) and Schweller is trying to fund the whole thing with Kickstarter. If you're a big fan of apes (or Darwinism), be sure to donate."

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Mondo will release this huge series of Planet of the Apes posters today. The artists, sizes, and editions are listed below. They will first be sold as a set for $230 today (Thursday, January 26th) at a random time, then any leftovers will be released tomorrow (Friday, January 27th) at a random time. Visit

Planet of the Apes by Martin Ansin

24″ x 36″ Screenprint, Edition of 415:

Beneath the Planet of the Apes by Ken Taylor

24″ x 36″ Screenprint, Edition of 395:

Escape from the Planet of the Apes by Rich Kelly

24″ x 36″ Screenprint, Edition of 320:

Conquest of the Planet of the Apes by Phantom City Creative

24″ x 36″ Screenprint, Edition of 370:

Battle for the Planet of the Apes by Florian Bertmer

24″ x 36″ Screenprint, Edition of 345:

“Go Ape” Screening Poster by Jason Edmiston

24″ x 36″ Lithograph, Edition of 295:

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Just do what I say and everything will be alright.

It’s time for the return of my irregular series in which I tell games developers exactly what they must do and not do if they want to avoid being flayed and rolled in salt. You can see the rest of these rules here. It’s quite simple: obey my commands and everyone will be happy. No one needs to lose a life.


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Jason Edmiston just released this new art print inspired by Planet of the Apes (the painting was actually commissioned by Apes megafan Justin Ishmael). It’s a 13″ x 19″ giclee, has an edition of 100, and costs only $30. Snap them up at his Etsy Shop.

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20th Century Fox has released the movie trailer for Rupert Wyatt‘s Rise of the Planet of the Apes., starring James Franco, Andy Serkis, Frida Pinto, John Lithgow, Brian Cox, and Tom Felton. The film is a prequel/reboot of the Planet of the Apes franchise which takes place in present day with a science fact-like take on how animal testing leads to the end of the human race, and yes, the rise of the apes. Watch the trailer embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Watch the trailer in high definition on Apple.

Official Plot Synopsis:

RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES is an origin story in the truest sense of the term. Set in present day San Francisco, the film is a reality-based cautionary tale, a science fiction/science fact blend, where man’s own experiments with genetic engineering lead to the development of intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy.

James Franco plays “a young, driven scientist who becomes a crucial figure in the war between humans and apes.” John Lithgow plays Franco’s father, also a scientist, Freida Pinto plays a primatologist who helps Franco, Brian Cox plays “the villainous owner of a primate sanctuary who runs the facility without compassion for the animals that live there,” Tom Felton is the son of Brian Cox’s character, and through performance capture and WETA created visual effects, Andy Serkis plays Caesar, the chimp who leads the simian revolt. The screenplay is written by Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes will hit theaters on August 5th 2011.

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