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INTERVIEW-Scientists caught off-guard by record temperatures... - Thomson Reuters Foundation

Africa research news - Tue, 2016-07-26 13:34

INTERVIEW-Scientists caught off-guard by record temperatures...
Thomson Reuters Foundation
"What concerns me most is that we didn't anticipate these temperature jumps," said David Carlson, director of the WMO's climate research programme, late on Monday. "We predicted moderate warmth for ... He said sudden temperature rises could endanger ...

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The Bizarre Case of a Self-Sunk Pirate Ship Exposes How Insurance Companies Enable Illegal Fishing - Slate Magazine

Africa research news - Tue, 2016-07-26 13:15

Slate Magazine

The Bizarre Case of a Self-Sunk Pirate Ship Exposes How Insurance Companies Enable Illegal Fishing
Slate Magazine
A year ago, the Thunder, a Norwegian-built trawler with a long record of illegal fishing, glided to a stop in a lake-flat sea off São Tomé in West Africa in perfect weather. Then it slowly sank. It was being pursued by the Bob Barker, whose crew had ...

I've spent 7 years counting sharks - the findings aren't good - ScienceAlert

Africa research news - Tue, 2016-07-26 12:53

I've spent 7 years counting sharks - the findings aren't good
ScienceAlert
We undertook the data collection around the entire South African coastline. Considering that Dyer Island near Gansbaai – on the western coast of the country – is seen as the white shark's capital of the world, we were expecting the population number to ...

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Freaks and uniques—evolution's weirdest creatures - Phys.Org

Africa research news - Tue, 2016-07-26 11:41

Phys.Org

Freaks and uniques—evolution's weirdest creatures
Phys.Org
This unusual predator-predator relationship has led the secretary bird to evolve faster attack and response times but also one of the strongest kicks in the animal kingdom. They can kick and stamp on their prey's head until it is killed or ...

Is it back to the future for human origins science or just a case of science media misleading us again? - The Conversation AU

Africa research news - Tue, 2016-07-26 10:32

The Conversation AU

Is it back to the future for human origins science or just a case of science media misleading us again?
The Conversation AU
The loss of specialist knowledge among journalists also means that what scientists say is frequently taken at face value, without interrogation of the methods, facts or interpretations at the centre of a discovery. Journalists also often treat science ...

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This article will make you want to wash your hands - The Guardian

Africa research news - Tue, 2016-07-26 05:00

The Guardian

This article will make you want to wash your hands
The Guardian
This is a puzzle, given that many scientists now believe that the original function of disgust for humans was simply to keep us healthy. After years of studying hygiene behaviour in Asia, Africa and Europe, Professor Valerie Curtis, the director of the ...

The Roots of Ebola - Jacobin magazine

Africa research news - Mon, 2016-07-25 13:53

Jacobin magazine

The Roots of Ebola
Jacobin magazine
The author contends that any understanding of the Ebola crisis must first grapple with the complex history of medical experimentation and exploitation on the continent, and with questionable scientific claims about the presumed origins and spread of ...

Merck Receives Breakthrough Therapy Designation from FDA and PRIME Status from EMA for Investigational Ebola ... - Business Wire (press release)

Africa research news - Mon, 2016-07-25 12:00

Merck Receives Breakthrough Therapy Designation from FDA and PRIME Status from EMA for Investigational Ebola ...
Business Wire (press release)
... Merck Research Laboratories. V920 was initially engineered by scientists from the Public Health Agency of Canada's National Microbiology Laboratory and subsequently licensed to a subsidiary of NewLink Genetics Corporation. In late 2014, when the ...

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East Africa: Alarm As Dry Climate Hit Water Sector - AllAfrica.com

Africa research news - Mon, 2016-07-25 09:46

East Africa: Alarm As Dry Climate Hit Water Sector
AllAfrica.com
As severe as the situation is, the government attempted several times to address the problem including expanding lower and Upper Ruvu water treatment plants in the coast region to double water production and supply. The other project implemented by the ...

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Africa: Scientists in Ethiopia Discover Chicken Odour 'Prevents ... - AllAfrica.com

Africa research news - Mon, 2016-07-25 09:14

AllAfrica.com

Africa: Scientists in Ethiopia Discover Chicken Odour 'Prevents ...
AllAfrica.com
Malaria researchers have found that keeping a chicken by your bedside could help protect you from mosquito bites that spread malaria, shows a new study.
Eau De Chicken Could Help Fight Malaria | Co.Exist | ideas + impactCo.Exist
A Chicken in Every Bedroom? | LifeZetteLifeZette

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Bring on the orphaned elephant: why TV's animal takeover is almost complete - The Guardian

Africa research news - Mon, 2016-07-25 08:32

The Guardian

Bring on the orphaned elephant: why TV's animal takeover is almost complete
The Guardian
Wednesday's latest edition of Long Lost Family, the Bafta award-winning show that seeks to reunite people with their relatives, is preceded by Wild Animal Reunions, which promises to “follow animal keepers and caregivers” as they seek to restore ...

Secret Offshore Deals Deprive Africa of Billions In Natural Resource Dollars - Huffington Post

Africa research news - Mon, 2016-07-25 04:52

Huffington Post

Secret Offshore Deals Deprive Africa of Billions In Natural Resource Dollars
Huffington Post
The cross-border bribery scandal is one of dozens of cases in Africa in which companies created or administered by Mossack Fonseca have played a role in oil, gas and mining deals that have spawned public allegations of tax dodging, corruption ...

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New UI chancellor travels different route - Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette

Africa research news - Sun, 2016-07-24 12:12

Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette

New UI chancellor travels different route
Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette
Yes, Jones is on a first-name basis with the Nobel Prize winner, a bond forged when he worked on Tutu's program to provide a college education to black South Africans during the dark days of apartheid. Oh, and he's recorded a song with Stevie Wonder.

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Chelsy Davy, Prince Harry's ex, talks about her jewellery line Aya Africa and growing up in Zimbabwe - South China Morning Post

Africa research news - Sun, 2016-07-24 08:05

South China Morning Post

Chelsy Davy, Prince Harry's ex, talks about her jewellery line Aya Africa and growing up in Zimbabwe
South China Morning Post
I enrolled at the Gemological Institute of America to learn more about the technical aspects of gemstones. While there I discovered that the array of coloured gemstones throughout Africa was incredible. So that's where the core of Aya came from and ...

Environment South African Great White Sharks are on the Brink of Extinction - TheInertia.com

Africa research news - Sat, 2016-07-23 16:55

TheInertia.com

Environment South African Great White Sharks are on the Brink of Extinction
TheInertia.com
“'We found only four maternal genetic lineages in the South African population, with 89% of all the sharks sharing the exact same gene sequence,' said Dr. Sara Andreotti, who headed the study as part of her doctoral research. In case you didn't read ...
You don't want to live in a world without great white sharksGrist
Great white shark numbers take a diveIndependent Online

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Harry Bulkeley: A time machine to east Africa - Galesburg Register-Mail

Africa research news - Sat, 2016-07-23 16:31

Harry Bulkeley: A time machine to east Africa
Galesburg Register-Mail
Airplanes are magic carpets. Maybe they don't always feel like it when you're crammed in a small seat or shuffling through a long line but think about it. You can drive to the airport in the morning and be anywhere in the world in 24 hours. That's got ...

Diet diary: The immense power of medicinal plants - The Indian Express

Africa research news - Fri, 2016-07-22 21:24

The Indian Express

Diet diary: The immense power of medicinal plants
The Indian Express
The study of plants is fast becoming a valuable field of medical science as new ways of using plants therapeutically are being discovered and validated by research. For example, in mid 1960s, the anti-cancer property of a bark extract from a tree ...

MAFFA encourages seed diversity in Malawi - Christian Science Monitor

Africa research news - Fri, 2016-07-22 18:00

Christian Science Monitor

MAFFA encourages seed diversity in Malawi
Christian Science Monitor
Malawi is not alone in pursuing misguided seed policies that would favor commercial plant breeders over local farmers. Indeed, the Malawian government sent its representative to Harare, Zimbabwe last month to meet with other African government ...

Let's Put Teeth Into Protecting Great Whites, Before We Lose Them Forever - National Geographic

Africa research news - Fri, 2016-07-22 16:49

Quartz

Let's Put Teeth Into Protecting Great Whites, Before We Lose Them Forever
National Geographic
A highly publicized study undertaken by environmental researchers, shark scientists and an ecotourism operation in South Africa has brought the plight of the ocean's most famous shark, the “Great White,” to the fore. ... Even more perplexing is that ...
South Africa's great white sharks are in danger of being wiped outQuartz
A Dying Breed: Why South Africa's Great White Sharks Are DisappearingNewsChannel5.com
Great white sharks under threat of extinction in South Africa, experts warnMirror.co.uk
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A Volcano Might Be Brewing under Rome's Suburbs - Scientific American

Africa research news - Fri, 2016-07-22 13:12

Scientific American

A Volcano Might Be Brewing under Rome's Suburbs
Scientific American
Puffs of carbon dioxide seeped out of cracks in the hillside and silently killed roaming animals. Scientists started to dig further—literally—and found evidence that 11 eruptions had occurred over the last 600,000 years, proving the volcano was not ...

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