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Photo of butchered rhino wins top award - BBC News

Africa research news - Wed, 2017-10-18 00:16

BBC News

Photo of butchered rhino wins top award
BBC News
By Jonathan Amos BBC Science Correspondent ... Taken by South African Brent Stirton, the picture shows the slumped form of a black rhino in Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve. Poachers killed the animal at night, with a silencer, and then dehorned it ...

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Farmers welcome new deal to boost potato production - The New Times

Africa research news - Tue, 2017-10-17 21:09

The New Times

Farmers welcome new deal to boost potato production
The New Times
Last week, the International Potato Centre and BlackPace Africa Group signed a technical and scientific agreement to advance potato production in Africa. This inter-institutional framework collaboration agreement will further support development of ...

Let's increase taxes to fund research – Manso Adubia MP advocates - Myjoyonline.com

Africa research news - Tue, 2017-10-17 18:33

Myjoyonline.com

Let's increase taxes to fund research – Manso Adubia MP advocates
Myjoyonline.com
Chairman of Parliament's Government Assurances Committee, Yaw Addo Frimpong, is advocating increment in taxes to raise funds that will be dedicated to science and technology research. He also wants portions of money from the oil sector as well as the ...

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RESTANCE to Open Condom Manufacturing Plant in Kenya to Enter $9.6 Billion Market - PR Newswire (press release)

Africa research news - Tue, 2017-10-17 12:48

RESTANCE to Open Condom Manufacturing Plant in Kenya to Enter $9.6 Billion Market
PR Newswire (press release)
RESTANCE, Inc. (USOTC: ANCE) today announced plans to open a condom manufacturing plant in Kenya to produce condoms for all Africa. Research and Markets reports the global condom market is expected to reach US $9.6 Billion by 2021 at CAGR of ...

Early global greenhouse event gave rise to fire-adapted trees - Phys.Org

Africa research news - Tue, 2017-10-17 11:50

Phys.Org

Early global greenhouse event gave rise to fire-adapted trees
Phys.Org
But scientists have now found fossil evidence showing that many tree species from 100 million years ago were not only protected from fire, but they may have required fire to reproduce during one of Earth's most intense greenhouse periods. This was also ...

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GUIDE: How to spot predatory academic journals in the wild - Africa Check

Africa research news - Tue, 2017-10-17 06:19

GUIDE: How to spot predatory academic journals in the wild
Africa Check
Supposed scientific articles published in questionable academic journals can easily dupe researchers - and seriously erode the body of science. ... A recent study out of the Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (Crest) at ...

Ticking water time bomb: Tenders for desalination plants left too late - Times LIVE

Africa research news - Tue, 2017-10-17 04:31

Times LIVE

Ticking water time bomb: Tenders for desalination plants left too late
Times LIVE
Cape Town will have its first desalination plants working just weeks before the city's dams are expected to go dry. That's according to Xanthea Limberg, the City of Cape Town mayoral committee member for informal settlements, water and waste services ...

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Scientists Call For Fresh Innovations To Tackle Fall Armyworm - Modern Ghana (press release) (blog)

Africa research news - Mon, 2017-10-16 21:06

Modern Ghana (press release) (blog)

Scientists Call For Fresh Innovations To Tackle Fall Armyworm
Modern Ghana (press release) (blog)
What we need now is for our scientists to think outside the box and introduce advanced technology to help us survive,” John Awuku Dziwornu of the Farmers and Fishermen Association, said in an interview with Joy News. African farmers have ... “Genetic ...

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Whales and dolphins lead 'human-like lives' thanks to big brains, says study - The Guardian

Africa research news - Mon, 2017-10-16 18:02

The Guardian

Whales and dolphins lead 'human-like lives' thanks to big brains, says study
The Guardian
Many cetaceans live in tight-knit groups and spend a good deal of time at play. That much scientists know. But in a new study, researchers compiled a list of the rich behaviours spotted in 90 different species of dolphins, whales and porpoises, and ...

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Eye in the sky offers clearest vision of Earth - Nature.com

Africa research news - Mon, 2017-10-16 17:57

Nature.com

Eye in the sky offers clearest vision of Earth
Nature.com
When a rocket failure saw NASA's first carbon-monitoring satellite plunge into the ocean in 2009, it was a major blow for climate scientists. Space-based greenhouse-gas monitoring was a promising new frontier — and perhaps an eventual tool for ...
Satellite data shows largest CO2 increase comes from Earth's tropicsSpaceFlight Insider
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North Korean Diplomats Accused of Smuggling Ivory and Rhino Horn - National Geographic

Africa research news - Mon, 2017-10-16 13:58

National Geographic

North Korean Diplomats Accused of Smuggling Ivory and Rhino Horn
National Geographic
High-level defectors he reached for interviews described embassy officials and military attachés smuggling ivory from Angola, Ethiopia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, as well as trafficking rhino horn from South Africa and Mozambique.

WSU researchers expand rabies vaccinations to Africa - The Daily Evergreen

Africa research news - Mon, 2017-10-16 12:01

The Daily Evergreen

WSU researchers expand rabies vaccinations to Africa
The Daily Evergreen
Guy Palmer, the senior director of Global Health at the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health, explained that the focus of their rabies research is to identify the constraints of getting vaccines to victims of animal bites and eliminating ...

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Poison plant warning after children end up in hospital - Times LIVE - Times LIVE

Africa research news - Sun, 2017-10-15 14:45

Times LIVE

Poison plant warning after children end up in hospital - Times LIVE
Times LIVE
Scientists have issued a warning about a shrub common in at least three provinces after four children were poisoned by its seeds.

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Last common ape ancestor was much smaller than thought - Cosmos (blog)

Africa research news - Sun, 2017-10-15 13:01

Gears Of Biz

Last common ape ancestor was much smaller than thought
Cosmos (blog)
The last common ancestor of apes, including humans and chimpanzees, was much smaller than previously thought, about the size of a gibbon, according to new research published this week in the journal Nature Communications. Researchers found that the ...
Research shows that last pre-human species smaller than gibbonsGears Of Biz

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South Africa's new lithium-ion battery precursor plant - MyBroadband

Africa research news - Sun, 2017-10-15 07:36

South Africa's new lithium-ion battery precursor plant
MyBroadband
The University of Limpopo and the Department of Science and Technology have launched a manganese beneficiation plant in Mpumalanga. Manganese is a key element in lithium-ion batteries, and the R30-million pilot plant was built as a research facility ...

UW-L researchers use drone technology to combat invasive wetland plant - La Crosse Tribune

Africa research news - Sun, 2017-10-15 05:02

La Crosse Tribune

UW-L researchers use drone technology to combat invasive wetland plant
La Crosse Tribune
Niti Mishra, left, a UW-L assistant professor of geography and earth science, has a license to fly a drone up to 400 feet. This one is capable to flying up to 1,600 feet. Mishra is pictured with UW-L senior Zachary Woodcock, who is learning to fly ...

Battery pilot could power up 1 600 jobs - Fin24

Africa research news - Sun, 2017-10-15 04:04

Fin24

Battery pilot could power up 1 600 jobs
Fin24
A new research pilot plant for manufacturing materials used in batteries could ultimately lead to the creation of 1 600 jobs. Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor launched the Lithium Ion Battery (LIB) precursor pilot plant facility ...

NASA Satellite Sees Overheated Tropical Forests Oozing with Carbon Dioxide - Space.com

Africa research news - Fri, 2017-10-13 22:30

Scientific American

NASA Satellite Sees Overheated Tropical Forests Oozing with Carbon Dioxide
Space.com
NASA presented new research findings with a teleconference on Oct 12 that featured Liu alongside Michael Freilich, director of the Earth Science Division at NASA headquarters in Washington, D.C.; Annmarie Eldering, the OCO-2 deputy project scientist at ...
NASA Satellite Reveals Source of El Niño–Fueled Carbon Dioxide SpikeScientific American
A NASA satellite that monitors CO2 is revealing the inner workings of our planetThe Verge
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The story of convergent evolution, or how unrelated animals can look almost identical - ZME Science

Africa research news - Fri, 2017-10-13 19:30

ZME Science

The story of convergent evolution, or how unrelated animals can look almost identical
ZME Science
Plants also show convergent evolution. One type of photosynthesis, C4, has independently arisen 40 times. Plants have also independently evolved edible fruits to disperse their seeds. We know that they are separate because different fruits develop from ...

NASA Satellite Reveals Source of El Niño–Fueled Carbon Dioxide Spike - Scientific American

Africa research news - Fri, 2017-10-13 18:02

Scientific American

NASA Satellite Reveals Source of El Niño–Fueled Carbon Dioxide Spike
Scientific American
For every ton of carbon dioxide emitted by a power plant's smokestack or a car's exhaust pipe, some portion will stay in the Earth's atmosphere, raising global temperatures, while the rest is absorbed by the oceans or ecosystems on land. ... Scientists ...
NASA Satellite Sees Overheated Tropical Forests Oozing with ...Space.com
A NASA satellite that monitors CO2 is revealing the inner workings of our planetThe Verge
Huge spike in global carbon emissions linked to El NiñoGMA News
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