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For do-gooders the world over it's a familiar problem. How do you make charity, or in this case corporate responsibility, appeal to a wide audience with a short attention span?

A glimpse of hope for rare monkey

A new population of one of the world's rarest creatures, the Tonkin snub-nosed monkey, has been found in the forests of northern Vietnam.

New population of endangered monkey found in northern Vietnam

A new population of the extremely rare Tonkin snub-nosed monkey, so-called because of its unusual and distinctive up-turned nose, has recently been discovered in a remote forested area of northern Vietnam.

Virginia Ironside’s Dilemmas: My son says he might be gay and I am not sure how to handle it.

Dear Virginia, I am a single parent, with no partner on the scene, and I've had a very open relationship with my son, who is now 13. But I was taken aback when he recently confessed he thought he might be gay. I have no idea how to handle this, and I'm worried it might be something to do with the fact that we are so close. Do you have any advice on how best I should react to make him feel comfortable about the situation?

Yours sincerely, Martha

Monkey: Journey to the West, The 02, London

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Monkeys snatched from wildlife park

Thieves have stolen two monkeys from an enclosure at a wildlife park, police said today.

Preening bosses mimic behaviour of monkeys

Do you know a boss who struts around the office, preening himself and puffing out his chest, showing off a splash of colour – perhaps a red tie? According to a study of male managers, he is behaving like much of the animal kingdom, particularly monkeys and chimpanzees.

Game of the week - Samba De Amigo (Wii): £39.99

Although it won't make the week of lone-wolf gamers who prefer a spot of first-person shooting or some solo space travel, Samba De Amigo will prove entertaining in the extreme for front-room exhibitionists.

Primates 'at risk of extinction'

Nearly half of all the species of monkeys and apes in the world are in danger of extinction with primates as a whole representing one of the most threatened group of mammals today, a study has found.

Experiments on animals rose to 3.2m last year

More than 3.2 million experiments on animals, including dogs, cats and monkeys, were carried out last year – the highest total since the early 1990s.

Suffering stress? You may have been born anxious

Telling someone of a nervous disposition to calm down is a waste of time, according to scientists who have found that a nervous disposition may be something people are born with.

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The grisly end of this vivacious noblewoman inspired Webster's 'The White Devil'

A small bite for a monkey... a giant leap for mankind

Hope for paralysis victims as animal is trained to control robotic arm using only its thoughts

BMI: the research that holds the key to hope for millions

When monkeys in Carolina remotely operated a robotic arm 600 miles away at the leading Institute of Technology in Massachusetts in 2000, using only their brain signals, the internet experiment was hailed as "a historic moment; the start of something totally new". Eight years on, scientists have announced another huge step towards developing a "brain-machine interface", or BMI: research aimed ultimately at allowing paralysed patients to control the movement of prosthetic limbs.

Boycott call as Gibraltar decides to cull monkeys

Gibraltar is to cull 25 of the monkeys that form arguably the Rock's biggest tourist attraction, because they are becoming a public nuisance and carry a health risk for tourists.

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