Iran said it has sent a monkey to space in a move toward an eventual human space mission.

December 14, 2013
In today’s experiment, Fargam the monkey reached the height of 120 km. After 15 minutes into the flight, the mission control released the monkey in a parachute capsule. Fargam the monkey was recovered safely. Scientists say they were measuring the monkey’s physical state following the flight.

Bedtime for Bozo: Iran will send monkey into space in early 2012

March 23, 2012
1391/01/03 - 19:25
watch out monkeys!

(lil Sugar)(irna.ir) Iran will send monkey into space in early 2012 Noshahr, March 22, IRNA – Head of Iranian Space Agency, Hamid Fazeli, said that the Iranian shuttle, Kavoshgar-5 (Explorer-5) carrying monkey to space will be launched into space during March-August 2012. ‘Kavoshgar-5 will carry a biological capsule containing a monkey into space. This is actually a prelude to preparing Iran for sending a human astronaut into space before 2021,’ Fazeli told IRNA in an exclusive interview on Thursday. Referring to the fact that the world will witness further success of Islamic Republic of Iran in the field of launching satellites into space, he pointed out that sending Fajr satellite into space which was postponed in 2011 will take place in 2012. Noting that only three countries have succeeded so far to send human astronaut into space, Fazeli pointed out that India is considering to send human astronaut into space by 2016.(h/t JSchanzer)Western countries are concerned the long-range ballistic technology used to propel Iranian satellites into orbit could be used to launch atomic warheads. Tehran denies such suggestions and says its nuclear work is purely peaceful. Last week, Iran launched its second domestically built satellite into orbit, the Rasad 1 (Observation), which it said was for transmitting images and weather forecasts.(jpost)


Bonobo society is, not only female-centered but also appears to be female-dominated.

March 13, 2011
In a primate
where there is no monogamy
the burden of raising children
is on the women. 
What does that tell you
about single mothers?

there are no indications that bonobos form
humanlike nuclear families. 
The burden of raising offspring appears
to rest entirely on the female’s shoulders.
In fact, nuclear families are probably incompatible
with the diverse use of sex found in bonobos.
If our ancestors started out with a sex life
similar to that of bonobos,
the evolution of the family
would have required dramatic change.


Democratic Party Explained!
“It does seem to be relatively
widespread in primates
(we have a paper just out online in
International Journal of Primatology
showing it occurs in
wild golden-backed uacaris),”
biologist Gareth Jones
of the University of Bristol in England
wrote in an e-mail to LiveScience.
“The exciting thing is that scientists are now
exploring potential evolutionary reasons
for its occurrence.”
Besides uacaris, masturbatory
behavior has been
studied in rhesus monkeys,
gray-cheeked mangabeys monkeys,
colobus monkeys,
Japanese macaques and other animals.
“It does seem to be relatively
widespread in primates
(we have a paper just out online in
International Journal of Primatology
showing it occurs in
wild golden-backed uacaris),”
biologist Gareth Jones of the
University of Bristol in England
wrote in an e-mail to livescience.com
“The exciting thing…
is that scientists are now exploring
potential evolutionary reasons
for its occurrence.”
Besides uacaris,
masturbatory behavior
has been
studied in
rhesus monkeys,
gray-cheeked mangabeys monkeys,
colobus monkeys,
Japanese macaques
and other animals.
via
noahdavidsimon’s posterous



…………….Here is some background into the researcher:
My own interest in bonobos came not from an inherent
fascination with their charms but from research on
aggressive behavior in primates. I was particularly
intrigued with the aftermath of conflict. After two
chimpanzees have fought, for instance, they may come
together for a hug and mouth-to-mouth kiss. Assuming that
such reunions serve to restore peace and harmony, I labeled
them reconciliations.

Any species that combines close bonds with a potential for
conflict needs such conciliatory mechanisms. Thinking how much faster marriages would break up if people had no way of compensating for hurting each other, I set out to investigate such mechanisms in several primates, including
bonobos. Although I expected to see peacemaking in these apes, too, I was little prepared for the form it would take.

sexual activity is the bonobo’s
answer to avoiding conflict.

If a male bonobo tried to harass a female, all females would band together to chase him off. Because females appeared more successful in dominating males when they were together than on their own, their close association and frequent genital rubbing may represent an alliance. Females may bond so as to outcompete members of the individually stronger sex.  via songweaver.com

the reason is because the females want power.  right? 
is it all right to ask that question?