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Post  Scooby01_98 on Mon Aug 09, 2010 11:12 am

Yes, this is what part of the 862 Billion Stimulus package is paying for. You know to study ants around the world. Look at dinosaur eggs in China. Get monkeys hooked on drugs. See how monkeys act when treated unfairly. You know the important things in everyday Americans lives.

20. Monkey and Chimpanzee Responses to Inequity (Atlanta, GA) - $677,462 184
While much is known about how humans respond to inequity and injustice, researchers at Georgia State
University are using almost $700,000 in stimulus funds to study why monkeys respond negatively to
inequity and unfairness.185 “Seven species of primates will be asked to make decisions about whether or
not to accept rewards in a series of studies in which their outcomes vary relative to their social partners.
The influence of social factors like group membership and individual factors like personality will also be
investigated. The results of this research will clarify how decision-making is affected by unequal
outcomes.”186 Previous research by the investigator on this project had found that “Chimpanzees respond
with temper tantrums if they do not get what they desire,” and that “Capuchin monkeys and
chimpanzees both respond negatively to distributional inequity.”187

76. Field Trip to Study Dinosaur Eggs…in China (Bozeman, MT) - $141,002463
This past spring, nine students from Montana State University (MSU) were given a six-week, allexpense
paid trip to China, funded by the National Science Foundation.464 MSU received a grant to send
students to work with researchers at the Natural History Museum in Hangzhou studying various
dinosaur eggs and other fossils.465 In a conversation with a local resident of Wuzhen, one of the students
said “I told him that I was here to study dinosaur eggs. He replied with, ’Bloody hell! That’s the sort of 40
thing you just can’t make up!’”466 While there, the students spent six weeks examining and cataloguing
the eggs. As recorded on the group’s blog, however, they were still able to take plenty of time to let their
hair down hiking on the Great Wall, spending a day at the Xixi National Wetland Park, exploring several
small towns, visiting the opera, and touring the Tiatai temples.467 Not to worry though, according to one
student blogger, “Believe it or not from previous blog posts, we have been hard at work doing

28. Monkeys Get High for Science (Winston-Salem, NC) - $144,541
Researchers at Wake Forest University think that, in at least one case, it is good to monkey around with
stimulus dollars. The Department of Health and Human Services has sent $71,623 to the Winston-Salem
college to see how monkeys react under the influence of cocaine. The project,
titled “Effect of Cocaine Self-Administration on Metabotropic Glutamate
Systems,” would have the monkeys self-administer the drugs while researchers
monitor and study their glutamate levels. 224 When asked how studying drugcrazed
primates would improve the national economy, a Wake Forest
University Medical School Spokesman said, “It's actually the continuation of a
job that might not still be there if it hadn't been for the stimulus funding. And
it’s a good job.” He added, “It’s also very worthwhile research.”

6. Ants Talk. Taxpayers Listen (San Francisco, CA) - $1.9
The California Academy of Sciences is receiving nearly $2 million to
send researchers to the Southwest Indian Ocean Islands and east
Africa, to capture, photograph, and analyze thousands of exotic ants.52
The photographs of the ants – over 3,000 species’ worth, according to
the grant proposal – will be posted on AntWeb, a website devoted to
organizing and displaying pictures and information on the world’s
thousands of ant species.53
The project’s goals are, to the lay person, both laudable and arcane: In
addition to “foster[ing]…a large pool of ant taxonomists,” it also strives
to document “the vast majority of ant species known from [Africa].”54
“[Ants] give us back the most data on the environment than any other
group. Their life cycle is shorter, they change very quickly,” says the
project’s Principal Investigator in a promotional article on the
Academy’s website. “Everyone has run into ants . . . now we need to
listen to them.”55
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Post  LTRT on Mon Aug 09, 2010 11:29 am

Look at all those 'shovel ready' projects! Amazing results wouldn't you say? Rolling Eyes
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