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Gay Dads Make History After Welcoming Triplets Born with Both Their DNA - Babble (blog)

Africa research news - Fri, 2016-08-26 23:46

Babble (blog)

Gay Dads Make History After Welcoming Triplets Born with Both Their DNA
Babble (blog)
If you just had to do a double-take on that headline, you're in good company: When I first read the news about how two gay dads from South Africa just became the first same-sex couple in history to both father their triplets, I admit, I was a bit ...

Penn State Brandywine sparks alumna's passion for primates - Penn State Delaware County

Africa research news - Fri, 2016-08-26 21:06

Penn State Delaware County

Penn State Brandywine sparks alumna's passion for primates
Penn State Delaware County
While earning her bachelor's degree in psychology from the Brandywine campus, Penn State graduate Megan Draper completed a unique research project that allowed her to explore her passion for primates and pursue a career in her dream field. ... During ...

Unlocking the mysteries of plant root function, from Alaska to South Africa - Science Daily

Africa research news - Fri, 2016-08-26 20:11

Science Daily

Unlocking the mysteries of plant root function, from Alaska to South Africa
Science Daily
Ecoss researchers in the Plant and Ecosystem Ecology -- PEER -- Lab at Northern Arizona University are digging into the soils of South Africa and Alaska to shed light on a poorly understood topic: how plant roots function. A $300,000 Mellon Foundation ...

Aquatic scientists take big steps toward successful management of alien invasive weeds in Botswana - EurekAlert (press release)

Africa research news - Fri, 2016-08-26 14:12

Aquatic scientists take big steps toward successful management of alien invasive weeds in Botswana
EurekAlert (press release)
The review paper "Alien Invasive Aquatic Plant Species in Botswana: Historical Perspective and Management" describes the species biology, distribution, historical spread, negative impacts, and control achieved right from their discovery in Botswana.

Perfluorinated compounds found in African crocodiles, American ... - Science Daily

Africa research news - Fri, 2016-08-26 13:55

Science Daily

Perfluorinated compounds found in African crocodiles, American ...
Science Daily
All plasma samples drawn from 125 alligators in Florida and South Carolina and 45 crocodiles in South Africa contain at least four different PFAAs.

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What do animals really think of us? - New Statesman

Africa research news - Fri, 2016-08-26 13:11

New Statesman

What do animals really think of us?
New Statesman
As we move through the post-imperial age of the Anthropocene, through what has become known as the Great Acceleration – the relentless sixth mass extinction that scientists and conservationists date to approximately the middle of the 20th century – the ...

Beans: A mighty tool in the fight for food security - Aljazeera.com

Africa research news - Fri, 2016-08-26 12:57

Beans: A mighty tool in the fight for food security
Aljazeera.com
In a world where 792 million people are malnourished, pulses - the edible seeds of plants in the legume family such as beans, peas, chickpea and lentils - offer extraordinary nutritional value. Although lentils and chickpeas are among the cheapest ...

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The greatest jumper on Earth is probably not a flea - BBC News

Africa research news - Fri, 2016-08-26 06:47

BBC News

The greatest jumper on Earth is probably not a flea
BBC News
However, that tends to favour the largest animals, so the second option is to consider how high an animal jumps relative to its own size. Depending ... Scientists have suggested that this helps males display their strength and watch for predators. The ...

Researchers just caught a glimpse of the world's most mysterious mammal - ScienceAlert

Africa research news - Thu, 2016-08-25 23:44

Researchers just caught a glimpse of the world's most mysterious mammal
ScienceAlert
Researchers are closer than ever to finding a living Zenkeralla (Zenkerella insignis) in the wild, after they discovered three recently dead specimens on Bioko Island, off the west coast of Africa. The mysterious rodent, which looks sort of like a ...

Watch This Gazelle Spring Across the African Savanna Like a Pogo Stick - Atlas Obscura

Africa research news - Thu, 2016-08-25 19:19

Atlas Obscura

Watch This Gazelle Spring Across the African Savanna Like a Pogo Stick
Atlas Obscura
Scientists have tossed around several explanations for pronking, from it being a signal to others in the herd when a predator approaches to a confusion tactic if multiple springboks pronk at once. The most popular theory is that springboks pronk to ...

Illegal drugs are changing the basis of the food chain in rivers - The Independent

Africa research news - Thu, 2016-08-25 19:04

The Independent

Illegal drugs are changing the basis of the food chain in rivers
The Independent
“We were interested in revealing how amphetamine exposure influences the small plants and animals that play a large role in regulating the health of streams.” The study, which was detailed in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, is one of ...

Cincinnati Zoo & Wildlife Safari Team Up to Ensure Survival of the Most Genetically-Valuable Cheetah Cub in North ... - Huffington Post

Africa research news - Thu, 2016-08-25 19:02

Huffington Post

Cincinnati Zoo & Wildlife Safari Team Up to Ensure Survival of the Most Genetically-Valuable Cheetah Cub in North ...
Huffington Post
Since 1990 the Cincinnati Zoo's Angel Fund, named after our first cheetah ambassador, “Angel,” has directly supported cheetah conservation in Africa. From South Africa and Namibia in the south, up through Kenya and Tanzania in East Africa, The Angel ...

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Shark group makes historic discovery off NY coast - WTSP.com

Africa research news - Thu, 2016-08-25 17:53

WTSP.com

Shark group makes historic discovery off NY coast
WTSP.com
Ocearch said its team of fishermen and scientists has found the first known birthing site for great white sharks on the North Atlantic Coast. After 26 expeditions ... “It's kind of like step two in the science,” said Chris Fischer, founder of Ocearch ...

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The Amazing Biodiversity within an Elephant's Footprint - Scientific American (blog)

Africa research news - Thu, 2016-08-25 15:24

Scientific American (blog)

The Amazing Biodiversity within an Elephant's Footprint
Scientific American (blog)
When you weigh upwards of 6,000 kilograms, you tend to leave a trace of yourself wherever you walk. That's definitely the case with African elephants (Loxodonta africana), which, according to new research, is actually a boon for dozens of other, much ...

Perfluorinated compounds found in African crocodiles, American alligators - EurekAlert (press release)

Africa research news - Thu, 2016-08-25 14:07

EurekAlert (press release)

Perfluorinated compounds found in African crocodiles, American alligators
EurekAlert (press release)
Production of some compounds in this family of environmentally persistent chemicals--associated with liver toxicity, reduced fertility and a variety of other health problems in studies of people and animals--has been phased out in the United States and ...

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Tackling Air Quality Prediction in South Africa With Machine Learning - IEEE Spectrum

Africa research news - Thu, 2016-08-25 13:22

IEEE Spectrum

Tackling Air Quality Prediction in South Africa With Machine Learning
IEEE Spectrum
... at IBM Research in Johannesburg, South Africa Photo: IBM Research Tapiwa M. Chiwewe is a research scientist at IBM Research in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he and colleagues are expanding the company's machine learning technology to predicting ...

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Proximate goals - The Economist

Africa research news - Thu, 2016-08-25 09:27

Proximate goals
The Economist
This is produced by plants and it is such a reactive chemical that if their photosynthesis stopped it would disappear rapidly from the air. Free oxygen in Proxima Centauri b's atmosphere would therefore get a lot of people excited—but possibly without ...

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Baby hyena makes his debut at Busch Gardens - ABC Action News

Africa research news - Wed, 2016-08-24 19:32

ABC Action News

Baby hyena makes his debut at Busch Gardens
ABC Action News
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay announced Wednesday that a baby spotted hyena has just been introduced to the park's hyena group or clan at the Edge of Africa habitat. The 20-week-old ... Since 2008, the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund has supported ...

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Climate change: Trade liberalization could buffer economic losses in agriculture Potsdam Institute for Climate ... - EurekAlert (press release)

Africa research news - Wed, 2016-08-24 18:03

Climate change: Trade liberalization could buffer economic losses in agriculture Potsdam Institute for Climate ...
EurekAlert (press release)
Global warming could create substantial economic damage in agriculture, a new study conducted by a team of scientists of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research finds. Around the globe, climate change threatens agricultural productivity ...

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South African Finance Minister Says He Won't Obey Police Summons on Spying Probe - Wall Street Journal

Africa research news - Wed, 2016-08-24 17:05

Wall Street Journal

South African Finance Minister Says He Won't Obey Police Summons on Spying Probe
Wall Street Journal
South Africa's finance minister said Wednesday he wouldn't obey a police summons linked to an investigation into whether he used the state revenue service to spy on other politicians in the ruling African National Congress, intensifying a battle ...

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