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USAID Announces US$10 Million in New Global Research Collaboration - AllAfrica.com

Africa research news - 11 hours 29 min ago

USAID Announces US$10 Million in New Global Research Collaboration
AllAfrica.com
The U.S. Agency for International Development's (USAID) U.S. Global Development Lab today announced $10 million for 45 new research projects that will address evidence gaps and advance technical capacity in critical areas of development. Spanning 23 ...

Vultures' decline upsets Maasai Mara ecology - BDlive

Africa research news - 12 hours 4 sec ago

BDlive

Vultures' decline upsets Maasai Mara ecology
BDlive
In the first major study of the 30-year decline of Pan-African vultures, Ogada and other scientists found that populations of eight species of vultures had declined an average of 62%. Seven of those species had declined at a rate of 80% or more over ...

Tiny ant takes on pesticide industry - Science /AAAS

Africa research news - 16 hours 38 min ago

Science /AAAS

Tiny ant takes on pesticide industry
Science /AAAS
... that the farmers' net income jumped 71%. Curious whether weaver ants might be effective alternatives to pesticides in other situations and eager to see whether biocontrol methods did work, researchers have now combed the literature for relevant ...

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California lawmakers propose sweeping ivory ban to curb elephant poaching - Daily Democrat

Africa research news - Sun, 2015-08-30 23:23

California lawmakers propose sweeping ivory ban to curb elephant poaching
Daily Democrat
When you see some of the devastation with these animals, to see baby animals standing beside the dead bodies of their mothers, it can't help but have an emotional impact on us," said Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, a co-author of the bill ...

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SA researchers honoured - News24

Africa research news - Sun, 2015-08-30 21:02

News24

SA researchers honoured
News24
Johnson's research focuses on pollination biology, evolution, plant speciation, insect-plant relationships and floral deception and mimicry, opening up new areas of understanding, particularly of pollination systems and floral specialisation in South ...

How a new battery revolution will change your life - Christian Science Monitor

Africa research news - Sun, 2015-08-30 15:47

Christian Science Monitor

How a new battery revolution will change your life
Christian Science Monitor
Scientists and engineers have long believed in the promise of batteries to change the world. ... Instead, some in Africa and Asia are seeing their first lightbulbs illuminated by the power of sunlight stored in batteries. Today, energy storage is a $33 ...

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Kingsley's off to find the Heart of Africa - BizNews

Africa research news - Sun, 2015-08-30 06:06

BizNews

Kingsley's off to find the Heart of Africa
BizNews
A team of scientists at University of Cape Town's Department of Environmental and Geographic Science used a method known as 'centre of gravity' to determine Africa's geographic centre. Their work was also verified by results from the International ...

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How you can help rescue wolves, toucans and other wildlife -- and also see the ... - Los Angeles Times

Africa research news - Sat, 2015-08-29 15:02

Los Angeles Times

How you can help rescue wolves, toucans and other wildlife -- and also see the ...
Los Angeles Times
Animals melt our hearts, especially when they're in distress, but after a tear or two, then what? Taking action that allows us to shake off that helpless feeling and turn our angst into action can be both life-changing and life-affirming. Here are ...

Climate Change and Nuclear Power: You Don't Cure the Plague by Spreading ... - Center for Research on Globalization

Africa research news - Sat, 2015-08-29 13:29

Climate Change and Nuclear Power: You Don't Cure the Plague by Spreading ...
Center for Research on Globalization
So the « fossil fuels » are called « fossil » not because they result from the decomposition of plants, but because they are produced from materials extracted from the ground – where they exist in limited quantities« unlike renewable energies » as the ...

UPDATED: Africa had a big China party and the hangover is going to continue ... - Mail & Guardian Africa

Africa research news - Sat, 2015-08-29 06:11

Mail & Guardian Africa

UPDATED: Africa had a big China party and the hangover is going to continue ...
Mail & Guardian Africa
From power plants in Botswana to diamond mines in Zimbabwe—and a spate of shiny sports stadiums—Africa counted on China for investment, infrastructure and jobs. Beijing even built the $200 million African Union headquarters in the Ethiopian capital ...

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Experts debate fate of African penguin - Press Herald

Africa research news - Sat, 2015-08-29 01:14

Press Herald

Experts debate fate of African penguin
Press Herald
Reasons for declines include sea temperature change causing shifts in forage fish, predators, disease, fishing and toxic algae. Both fisheries scientists and bird specialists agree that the decline of the African penguin began around 2004 with a ...
Popular penguins perish as South African scientists squabbleMLive.com
Why are the African penguins disappearing? Scientists don't know whyMorning Ticker
Scientists squabble while Africa's only penguins perishWRAL.com
LA Daily News
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Absurd Creature of the Week: Um, This Leech Feeds on Hippo Rectums - Wired

Africa research news - Fri, 2015-08-28 13:03

Wired

Absurd Creature of the Week: Um, This Leech Feeds on Hippo Rectums
Wired
The year was 2003, and Mark Siddall was in South Africa a-hunting the elusive hippo butt leech. This was a ... Well, in the animal kingdom, if a creature can exploit a niche others cannot, it has a huge advantage—a monopoly really. ... Big thanks to ...

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Popular penguins perish as South African scientists squabble - MLive.com

Africa research news - Fri, 2015-08-28 10:54

MLive.com

Popular penguins perish as South African scientists squabble
MLive.com
The penguins on South Africa's west coast are a big tourist attraction, but their numbers have declined and scientists are still debating whether fishing has helped push the species to the brink of extinction. (AP Photo/Schalk van ... Recently, a team ...
South Africa's cute little penguins -- can scientists save them?LA Daily News
Experts debate fate of African penguinPress Herald
Scientists squabble while Africa's only penguins perishSunHerald.com
The Hullabaloo Online
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Air Pollution Levels in West Africa Reaching Dangerously High Levels | The ... - The Weather Channel

Africa research news - Fri, 2015-08-28 02:32

The Weather Channel

Air Pollution Levels in West Africa Reaching Dangerously High Levels | The ...
The Weather Channel
Anthropogenic emissions, which are those caused by human activity, have been projected to double and maybe even quadruple by 2030 in West Africa, particularly in cities along the Guinea Coast. As much as 94 percent of Nigeria's population is exposed to ...
We can't ignore the air pollution crisis in Africa's fast-growing megacitiesCityMetric

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Feature: Why big societies need big gods - Science Now

Africa research news - Thu, 2015-08-27 18:20

Science Now

Feature: Why big societies need big gods
Science Now
To crack the mystery of why and how people around the world came to believe in moralizing gods, researchers are using a novel tool in religious studies: the scientific method. By combining laboratory experiments, cross-cultural fieldwork, and ... For ...

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Clemson scientist chasing invasive plant around the world - SCNow

Africa research news - Thu, 2015-08-27 18:15

SCNow

Clemson scientist chasing invasive plant around the world
SCNow
However, starting more than a century ago, Clidemia hirta began an insidious migration across non-native areas, including parts of Asia, Africa, Australia and many islands in the Indian and Pacific oceans. In those places, the plant does proliferate in ...

South African prototype may solve solar power problem - U.S. News & World Report

Africa research news - Thu, 2015-08-27 15:46

The Green Optimistic (blog)

South African prototype may solve solar power problem
U.S. News & World Report
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — By thinking small, a group of South African scientists may have pioneered solar technology that has stumped Internet giant Google. The Helio100 project, based at Stellenbosch University in the Western Cape province, is a ...
Has South African team solved solar tech that has stumped Google?San Jose Mercury News
South African research team develops concentrated solar power systemSouth Africa.info
How Solar Power Could Be Cheaper Than Diesel in AfricaThe Green Optimistic (blog)

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Scientists squabble while Africa's only penguins perish - U.S. News & World Report

Africa research news - Thu, 2015-08-27 15:05

U.S. News & World Report

Scientists squabble while Africa's only penguins perish
U.S. News & World Report
The penguins on South Africa's west coast are a big tourist attraction, but their numbers have declined and scientists are still debating whether fishing has helped push the species to the brink of extinction. (AP Photo/Schalk van ... Recently, a team ...
South Africa's cute little penguins -- can scientists save them?LA Daily News

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This Is What The World Would Be Like If Humans Had Never Existed - Huffington Post

Africa research news - Thu, 2015-08-27 14:33

Science News (blog)

This Is What The World Would Be Like If Humans Had Never Existed
Huffington Post
"The study shows that large parts of the world would harbor rich large mammal faunas, as diverse as seen in protected areas of eastern and southern Africa today, if it was not for historic and prehistoric human-driven range losses and extinctions," Dr ...
A world of mammal diversity has been lost because of humansScience News (blog)

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Beliefs about global warming vary by country - Science News for Students

Africa research news - Thu, 2015-08-27 11:07

Science News for Students

Beliefs about global warming vary by country
Science News for Students
A group of scientists has now analyzed how people had responded to two of the questions: How much do you know about global warming, and how serious a threat does it pose to you and your family? And the responses, they report, were surprising.

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