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Scientists call on citizens to monitor Puget Sound's shores - SanJuanIslander.com

Africa research news - Thu, 2016-06-23 23:47

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Scientists call on citizens to monitor Puget Sound's shores
SanJuanIslander.com
After a successful pilot run last year, Washington Sea Grant (WSG) is up and running with the first full season of the Crab Team, a citizen science program dedicated to detecting invasive European green crab and monitoring pocket estuaries, a favorite ...

Termites figured out farming 25 million years before people did - Washington Post

Africa research news - Thu, 2016-06-23 16:34

EurekAlert (press release)

Termites figured out farming 25 million years before people did
Washington Post
Across Africa, the massive, edible "termite mushrooms" grown by these tiny insects are famous. But European scientists didn't realize the significance of what was happening inside termite colonies until the mid-20th century. When researchers dissected ...
Researchers discover oldest evidence of 'farming' -- by insectsEurekAlert (press release)

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The rise of border fences poses a major threat to wildlife - Fusion

Africa research news - Thu, 2016-06-23 16:00

Fusion

The rise of border fences poses a major threat to wildlife
Fusion
The massive influx of refugees from conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Horn of Africa has led to hundreds of miles of new border security fences both within and around the EU. These fences, according to the study, “were erected as ...

IKEA of energy delivers clean, green solar power-plant in a box - New Scientist

Africa research news - Thu, 2016-06-23 16:00

New Scientist

IKEA of energy delivers clean, green solar power-plant in a box
New Scientist
Here's a bright idea for flat-packing. A German start-up has figured out how to cram an entire solar power plant into a shipping container. It has sent its first kits to off-grid villages in Africa, where they provide a new source of clean, affordable ...

Is Middle America Due For a Huge Earthquake? - The Atlantic

Africa research news - Thu, 2016-06-23 15:14

The Atlantic

Is Middle America Due For a Huge Earthquake?
The Atlantic
The earth had slipped somewhere deep under the frontier settlement of New Madrid, Missouri, and the resulting earthquakes opened up chasms, diverted the Mississippi, threw trees to the ground and landslides into the river. It created ... East ...

Plan to fly rhinos to Australia comes under fire - Nature.com

Africa research news - Thu, 2016-06-23 13:59

Nature.com

Plan to fly rhinos to Australia comes under fire
Nature.com
It raised more than Aus$800,000 (US$600,000) in the year to September 2015, and hopes to start by flying out six rhinos later in 2016. The charity says that eventually, rhinos from the Australian herd could be sent back to Africa to re-establish wild ...

Maverick scientist thinks he has discovered a magnetic sixth sense in humans - Science Magazine

Africa research news - Thu, 2016-06-23 13:06

Science Magazine

Maverick scientist thinks he has discovered a magnetic sixth sense in humans
Science Magazine
The mounting scientific evidence for magnetoreception has largely been behavioral, based on patterns of movement, for example, or on tests showing that disrupting or changing magnetic fields can alter animals' habits. ... “The frontier is in the ...

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New Scientific Model Predicts Which Animals Will Survive Droughts - Tech Times

Africa research news - Thu, 2016-06-23 03:15

Tech Times

New Scientific Model Predicts Which Animals Will Survive Droughts
Tech Times
A new theoretical framework may be able to answer these questions, as researchers from James Cook University in Australia produced a template that measures animal physiology, environment, and other factors that could determine how a given species would ...

Outcry about zoo and circus animals leads to rescues, greener pastures - Centre Daily Times

Africa research news - Wed, 2016-06-22 16:50

Centre Daily Times

Outcry about zoo and circus animals leads to rescues, greener pastures
Centre Daily Times
A video released by Animal Defenders International tells the remarkable story of Hoover the tiger, saved from a circus in Peru, where he was secretly filmed being trained with whips and sticks and living in a small cage. ... Last month 33 lions rescued ...

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Do wild animals that attack people always need to die? - Alaska Dispatch News

Africa research news - Wed, 2016-06-22 15:57

Alaska Dispatch News

Do wild animals that attack people always need to die?
Alaska Dispatch News
New Mexico officials said they were "confident" they had the right bear, which wore a radio collar, and noted with regret that state law requires them to euthanize and test for rabies any wild animal that attacks or bites a person, no matter the ...

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How the mouse outlived 'the giant' - Science Daily

Africa research news - Wed, 2016-06-22 15:31

Science Daily

How the mouse outlived 'the giant'
Science Daily
By scanning the fossil remains of mammal-like reptiles from the Karoo of South Africa, Dr Julien Benoit and his colleagues from the University of the Witwatersrand, Professors Paul Manger and Bruce Rubidge, found that these reptiles, called therapsids ...

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Animal poaching: How tracking technology could help prevent wildlife crime, extinctions - Journalist's Resource

Africa research news - Wed, 2016-06-22 14:38

Journalist's Resource

Animal poaching: How tracking technology could help prevent wildlife crime, extinctions
Journalist's Resource
Illegal trade involving endangered wildlife products – rhino horns, turtle shells and elephant ivory, for example – generates at least $7 billion to $10 billion a year, according to a 2013 report from the Congressional Research Service. While the ... A ...

Climate change may soon diminish crop yields - Treehugger

Africa research news - Wed, 2016-06-22 14:08

Treehugger

Climate change may soon diminish crop yields
Treehugger
By breeding new varieties of plants, farmers can increase crop yields, prevent the spread of disease, and adapt to droughts or other environmental conditions. Unfortunately, a new study ... According to the study, rising temperatures and an increased ...
New crop varieties 'can't keep up with global warming'BBC News
Crop improvements are just not keeping up with climate changeZME Science

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Could bringing back camels “rewild” the American West? - Washington Post

Africa research news - Wed, 2016-06-22 13:13

Washington Post

Could bringing back camels “rewild” the American West?
Washington Post
Even though camels might bring to mind today's dromedaries of Africa, Bactrians of Asia and guanacos of South America, the fact of the matter is that camels first evolved in North America around 50 million years ago. The first ... And as with wild ...

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Chameleon's Hunting Secret Revealed - Sci-News.com

Africa research news - Wed, 2016-06-22 11:16

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Chameleon's Hunting Secret Revealed
Sci-News.com
They are found in the Old World, but most live in Madagascar and Africa. These reptiles are opportunistic predators feeding on a large variety of invertebrate and vertebrate animals, ranging from ants to lizards. They remain motionless, hidden from ...

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Which animals will cope with climate change droughts? - Science Daily

Africa research news - Tue, 2016-06-21 18:41

Which animals will cope with climate change droughts?
Science Daily
Dr Rymer said scientists believe the current rate of climate change is unprecedented in Earth's history and will lead to more and worse droughts in many areas. "So we developed a theoretical framework that allows researchers to estimate the likelihood ...

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Looking To Animals To Help Predict & Prevent Future Epidemics - Popular Science

Africa research news - Tue, 2016-06-21 14:37

Popular Science

Looking To Animals To Help Predict & Prevent Future Epidemics
Popular Science
They all originated from animals. Infectious diseases from animals are known as zoonotics and they are far more common than most realize. Up to 70% of all human infections originates from an animal source. The highest risk comes from animals used in ...

Humans: The Hyperkeystone Species - The Atlantic

Africa research news - Tue, 2016-06-21 14:13

The Atlantic

Humans: The Hyperkeystone Species
The Atlantic
Entire communities of animals and plants depend on their presence, and can topple in their absence. He called them keystone species after the central stone that keeps an arch from crumbling. It's an idea that has itself taken a central place in ecology.

Which animals will cope with climate change droughts? - Phys.Org

Africa research news - Tue, 2016-06-21 13:39

Which animals will cope with climate change droughts?
Phys.Org
Dr Rymer said scientists believe the current rate of climate change is unprecedented in Earth's history and will lead to more and worse droughts in many areas. "So we developed a theoretical framework that allows researchers to estimate the likelihood ...

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The Threat of Invasive Pests Grows With Global Trade - Newsweek

Africa research news - Tue, 2016-06-21 13:31

Newsweek

The Threat of Invasive Pests Grows With Global Trade
Newsweek
A moth with a voracious appetite for tomatoes made its way from its native South America across the Atlantic to Spain in 2006, before setting its infinitesimal foot in the Middle East and then recently Africa. The female tomato leaf miner lays a couple ...
Invasive species could cause billions in damages to agricultureEurekAlert (press release)
Threat of invasive species mapped internationallySpatial Source

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