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Brains by Brennan Frank

A small monkey named Max quickly and confidently put together a complex puzzle. A few more minutes – and it finished this work. All people, who were present in that room, saw a picture with the sunflowers of the world famous artist Vincent Van Gogh. A young woman in a white coat praised the monkey. Today, it took Max even less time than before to cope with a difficult task. The woman offered a big and tasty banana to the monkey. Max was happy and gladly accepted the treat. The woman’s name was Gina. She was twenty-six years and close to obtaining a doctorate degree. While she was recording data, Max was playing with a Rubik’s Cube. It really liked this puzzle. Max figured out the cube in less than five minutes.

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Brains by Brennan Frank

The small monkey carefully completed the last piece of the one-hundred-piece puzzle. When all the pieces of the puzzle were put together, they made a copy of Sunflowers, a picture by the famous painter, Van Gogh.

‘Well done, Max!’ said a young woman in a white coat. ‘It only took you twenty minutes this time – that’s much better than the last time you tried it. Have a bite of lovely banana.’

The woman reached for the fruit from a bowl close by and gave it to the monkey. Max ate it happily. The woman’s name was Gina Capaldi and she was twenty-six years old. She was studying for a Ph.D. at a university in Rome. She was hoping to become a Doctor of Science. Her ideas had already caused much excitement. Now her work was almost finished. Great things were expected of her.

As Gina prepared the monkey’s next drug, Max played with his Rubik cube. The Rubik cube was one of Max’s favourite puzzles. He enjoyed turning around the sides of the cube in his hands so that each of the six sides was a different colour. Gina looked over at him and was pleased. He was getting better every day.

Max completed the Rubik cube in five minutes.

Brains by Brennan Frank

Mr Dimitri sat behind a big desk in a large office in a huge building in New York. On the front of his desk was a sign in gold letters which read: Mr Theodore Dimitri. On his door there was a much bigger sign which read: President of the Centre for Science and Business Development (CSBD).

Mr Dimitri was middle-aged and wore a large dark-grey suit. He smoked a thick expensive cigar. The smoke from his cigar filled the room.

Today he was going to see his most promising new scientists. They were all studying for Ph.D.s so that they could become Doctors of Science. They had to give him their new ideas if they wanted money from the CSBD. Mr Dimitri did this every year. If he liked their work, CSBD would give them lots of money to develop it. That was the way to make money in the future.

And Mr Dimitri was good at making money. But if he didn’t like the work of these scientists, or if he didn’t like them, he didn’t have to give them a cent. ‘After all,’ Mr Dimitri thought, ‘Business is business.’

Miss Epstein, his secretary, came into his office…

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