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Gorillas can learn to clean food on their own, without social cues

Gorillas can learn to clean food on their own, without social cues

Science
Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Gorillas don't need to witnesses others cleaning their food to adopt the behavior. They can learn it on their own -- spontaneously.Many of the gorilla's abilities are thought to be socially acquired, including food cleaning behavior. But during a series of tests, researchers found gorillas cleaned sand from a dirty apple 75 percent of the time."In four of our five gorillas, at least one of the techniques for cleaning was similar to that observed in the wild," Damien Neadle, a researcher at the University of Birmingham, said in a news release. "Given that these two groups are culturally unconnected, it suggests that social learning is not required for this behavior to emerge."Scientists suggest their findings -- published this week in the journal PLoS One -- don't diminish t...
Under-age social media use 'on the rise', says Ofcom

Under-age social media use 'on the rise', says Ofcom

Technology
Half of children aged 11 and 12 have a social media profile, despite most platforms' minimum age being 13, a study from regulator Ofcom suggests.Children's charity the NSPCC called on the government to act on the issue of under-age profiles.The media watchdog also said children were increasingly getting their news from social media, but most were aware of the concept of fake news.Just 32% believed that news accessed on such platforms was reported truthfully.Ofcom's Children and Parents Media Use and Attitudes report found that 46% of 11-year-olds, 51% of 12-year-olds and 28% of 10-year-olds now have a social media profile.Parental awareness of the age limit was low - with about eight in 10 of those parents whose children use Instagram or Snapchat unaware of the restrictions. More than four...
Social care: MPs seek cross-party group to 'sustain' NHS

Social care: MPs seek cross-party group to 'sustain' NHS

Health
Ninety MPs have signed a letter calling on the prime minister to set up a cross-party convention on the future of the NHS and social care in England.They say a non-partisan debate is needed to deliver a "sustainable settlement".The letter to Theresa May and Chancellor Philip Hammond said patients were being "failed" by the system.A government spokesperson said it was "committed" to making the sector sustainable.The government had already provided an additional £2bn to social care over the next three years, the spokesperson added.Non-partisan approachOne-third of the MPs who have signed the letter are Conservative.They include Sarah Wollaston, chair of the health select committee, former education secretary Nicky Morgan and Andrew Mitchell, a minister under the last government.Tories George
Social media terms 'jargon-busted' for teens

Social media terms 'jargon-busted' for teens

Technology
A set of jargon-busting guides that teach children about their rights on social media sites has been published.Children's Commissioner Anne Longfield said Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, WhatsApp and YouTube had "not done enough" to clarify their policies.She simplified the websites' terms and conditions with privacy law firm Schillings.But Instagram said the simplified version of its terms contained "a number of inaccuracies". The slimmed-down guides are a response to the Commissioner's Growing Up Digital report, which found that most children do not understand the agreements they sign when they create social media accounts.All the sites require children to be over 13 to create an account."Children have absolutely no idea that they are giving away the right to privacy or the ownership of t...
Social media warned to crack down on hate speech

Social media warned to crack down on hate speech

Technology
The EU is urging social networks to be more proactive in both preventing and swiftly removing hate speech.It has produced a list of guidelines that include the increased use of automation to stop removed content being reposted, and removing flagged content more quickly.Tech firms will be monitored by the EU in the coming months, the commission said.One MEP said automation should not determine the suitability of content.The commission, which said it might also consider further regulation, also urges social platforms to work more closely with authorities and to invest more in automated tools for flagging content which incites hatred, violence and terrorism.'Clear signal'A European Commission research project carried out last year found that only 40% of hate speech was removed within 24 hours...