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Humans have faster metabolism than closely related primates, enabling larger brains - Science Daily

Africa research news - Wed, 2016-05-04 18:52

Science Daily

Humans have faster metabolism than closely related primates, enabling larger brains
Science Daily
The study included 141 humans and 56 zoo animals: 27 chimpanzees, eight bonobos, 10 gorillas, and 11 orangutans. The study found that ... The METS study includes adults from the United States, South Africa, Ghana, Seychelles and Jamaica. Humans and ...

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Humans are the highest energy apes, making us smarter—but also fatter - Science Magazine

Africa research news - Wed, 2016-05-04 17:14

Science Magazine

Humans are the highest energy apes, making us smarter—but also fatter
Science Magazine
“The brilliant thing here is showing for the first time that we do have a higher metabolic rate, and we do use more energy,” says paleoanthropologist Leslie Aiello, president of the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research in New York City ...

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Rising carbon dioxide levels will help and hurt crops - Science Daily

Africa research news - Wed, 2016-05-04 15:56

Rising carbon dioxide levels will help and hurt crops
Science Daily
Global climate impact assessments for crops have focused primarily on the impacts of elevated atmospheric carbon dioxide on yields, said Delphine Deryng, lead author and a climate scientist at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New ...

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Leopards Are More Vulnerable Than Believed, Study Finds - New York Times

Africa research news - Wed, 2016-05-04 11:00

New York Times

Leopards Are More Vulnerable Than Believed, Study Finds
New York Times
Leopards are reclusive and known for their ability to adapt, traits that have led some wildlife biologists to assume that the animals remained relatively abundant in the wild. But a study published on Wednesday suggests that leopards have lost as much ...
First global analysis indicates leopards have lost nearly 75 percent of their historic rangePhys.Org
Leopards have lost 75% of their historical habitatThe Guardian
Leopards Have Lost Three-Fourths of Their TerritoryNational Geographic

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How forestry research could help achieve the SDGs - SciDev.Net

Africa research news - Wed, 2016-05-04 10:11

SciDev.Net

How forestry research could help achieve the SDGs
SciDev.Net
Last week (26 April) in Nairobi, Kenya, I attended a meeting during which the CGIAR's Indonesian-headquartered Center for International Forestry Research's strategic plan 2016-2025 was discussed. I was impressed by how the plan captures forestry ...

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Amazon facility will babysit UW greenhouse's 9000 exotic plants - The Seattle Times

Africa research news - Wed, 2016-05-04 02:57

The Seattle Times

Amazon facility will babysit UW greenhouse's 9000 exotic plants
The Seattle Times
Amazon has greenhouses in Redmond because it's building a collection of plants to live in its glass-and-steel spheres taking shape in downtown Seattle. And the UW is building a new, 20,000-square-foot greenhouse as part of its $165 million Life ...

The 'Underground Astronauts' in search of new human species - CNN

Africa research news - Wed, 2016-05-04 00:16

CNN

The 'Underground Astronauts' in search of new human species
CNN
(CNN) Hidden deep within the innards of a South African cave lay human evolution's equivalent of Tutankhamun's tomb. A treasure trove of 15 skeletons -- eight children, five adults and two adolescents -- all members of a previously unknown species of ...

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Virginia Tech Summer work in Africa hopes to expand diversity in science - WDBJ7

Africa research news - Tue, 2016-05-03 22:06

WDBJ7

Virginia Tech Summer work in Africa hopes to expand diversity in science
WDBJ7
BLACKSBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) Despite a diverse surrounding community and science being a top field at Virginia Tech, officials say there are not enough minority students advancing in science. But a new project this Summer may help solve that problem.
Grant to send two Virginia Tech undergraduate students to study disease ecology in AfricaAugusta Free Press

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Stunning Cloud Maps Tell the Story of Life on Earth - Climate Central

Africa research news - Tue, 2016-05-03 14:18

Climate Central

Stunning Cloud Maps Tell the Story of Life on Earth
Climate Central
That story has become a lot clearer thanks to new maps created by scientists that document a global year in the clouds in more intimate detail than ever before. The maps — a cloud atlas if you will — provide a fine-grained view of how clouds move ...

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60% of Loggerhead Turtles Stranded on Beaches in South Africa Had Ingested Plastic - EcoWatch

Africa research news - Tue, 2016-05-03 13:52

EcoWatch

60% of Loggerhead Turtles Stranded on Beaches in South Africa Had Ingested Plastic
EcoWatch
Now, researchers have found that 60 percent of post-hatchling loggerhead turtles stranded on southern Cape beaches in South Africa have been impacted by growing quantities of human-caused debris such as plastic fragments, packaging and fibers ...

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Estimates of cheetah numbers are 'guesswork', say researchers - Phys.Org

Africa research news - Tue, 2016-05-03 13:40

Phys.Org

Estimates of cheetah numbers are 'guesswork', say researchers
Phys.Org
However, a team of scientists from the Kenya Wildlife Trust's Mara Cheetah Project, the University of Oxford and the Indian Statistical Institute says this number is simply a best guess, given the difficulty of counting cheetahs accurately. ... Lead ...

A single injection of antibodies protects monkeys against HIV for nearly 6 months - ScienceAlert

Africa research news - Tue, 2016-05-03 07:31

A single injection of antibodies protects monkeys against HIV for nearly 6 months
ScienceAlert
Of course, we already have preventative treatments against HIV - such as PrEP, which reduces the risk fo being infected from sex by more than 90 percent - but the pill needs to be taken every single day, and research has suggested that this strategy ...

If Open Sharing Of Data Is A Great Idea For Combatting A Dangerous Plant Disease, Why Not For All Human Diseases? - Techdirt

Africa research news - Tue, 2016-05-03 06:29

If Open Sharing Of Data Is A Great Idea For Combatting A Dangerous Plant Disease, Why Not For All Human Diseases?
Techdirt
Wheat blast is caused by a fungus known as Magnaporthe oryzae although scientists are still debating its exact identity. There is a risk that wheat blast could expand beyond South America and threaten food security in wheat growing areas in Asia and ...

Californian sudden oak death epidemic 'unstoppable' - Science Daily

Africa research news - Tue, 2016-05-03 02:01

Science Daily

Californian sudden oak death epidemic 'unstoppable'
Science Daily
New research shows the sudden oak death epidemic in California cannot now be stopped, but that its tremendous ecological and economic impacts could have been greatly reduced if control had been started earlier. The research also identifies new ...

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How farmer-philanthropist Howard Buffett is planting hope in Africa - PBS NewsHour

Africa research news - Tue, 2016-05-03 00:36

PBS NewsHour

How farmer-philanthropist Howard Buffett is planting hope in Africa
PBS NewsHour
Howard Buffett, son of billionaire Warren Buffett, has an ambitious life goal: ending world hunger. As a farmer and philanthropist, his focus is on reviving African agriculture, which has suffered massive production failures. In collaboration with The ...

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Ebola virus genome provides clues to repeated disease 'flare-ups' in Western Africa - Science Daily

Africa research news - Mon, 2016-05-02 16:09

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Ebola virus genome provides clues to repeated disease 'flare-ups' in Western Africa
Science Daily
Ebola virus samples taken from patients in Liberia in June 2015 are strikingly similar in their genetic makeup to other Ebola virus sequences from Western Africa, according to research published online in the journal Science Advances. The study ... In ...
Genomic Analysis Explains Recurrence of Ebola EpidemicPerfScience

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Demographic changes increase the risk of natural fires - Phys.Org

Africa research news - Mon, 2016-05-02 15:00

Demographic changes increase the risk of natural fires
Phys.Org
In many parts of the world, grass and forest fires pose a threat to animals and humans. According to a new study from Lund University in Sweden, while climate change is ... In Africa, the Middle East, and parts of Asia and South America, population ...

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Warmer future for Northwest forests foreseen in WSUV research - The Columbian

Africa research news - Mon, 2016-05-02 13:02

The Columbian

Warmer future for Northwest forests foreseen in WSUV research
The Columbian
Pacific Northwest gardeners might consider planting banana and avocado trees in the not-too-distant future, according to new research coming out of Washington State University Vancouver. Created by WSUV scientists Jean Liénard, Nikolay Strigul and John ...

Africa: The Fight for Elephants Goes Global - AllAfrica.com

Africa research news - Mon, 2016-05-02 11:47

Business Insider

Africa: The Fight for Elephants Goes Global
AllAfrica.com
Illegal ivory and rhino horn confiscated from poachers and traffickers and "clean" trophies from animals that died of natural causes and that have been given up by the public following an amnesty. ... The Giants Club Summit, convened under the auspices ...
Africa leaders, conservationists seek end to slaughter of elephants, rhinosBusiness Insider
Kenya Burns Largest Ever Ivory StockpileFortune
Giants Club elephant summit: Kenya calls for end to ivory tradeBBC News
Telegraph.co.uk -Scientific American
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Can superfoods boost the planet's health, too? - GreenBiz

Africa research news - Mon, 2016-05-02 08:10

GreenBiz

Can superfoods boost the planet's health, too?
GreenBiz
While the precise environmental benefits of the baobab and moringa planted so far are unknown, we do know that trees help improve soil structure and fertility — sometimes so significantly that yields of other crops also improve — and protect water ...