A lucky group of bonobo chimpanzees are getting an $10 million, 18-room high-tech dream dormitory outside of Des Moines, Iowa. The crib has touch screens for the occupants to “chat” with human researchers, a “web cam” to see who is outside their front door, flushing lavatories, an indoor waterfall and climbing walls. The experiment aims to see if this kind of stimulation will help them develop skills in language, art and music — and pass those skills on to future generations of chimps. I would like to see this experiment performed on American public school children.

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