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Shark Week 2016: Best Hotels And Experiences For Shark Fans - Forbes

8 hours 53 min ago

Forbes

Shark Week 2016: Best Hotels And Experiences For Shark Fans
Forbes
This year's Great White Shark Expeditions provide guests with the rare opportunity to shadow the only team of scientists conducting shark research off Cape Cod. You can take a seat aboard one of the resort's vessels with a scientist from the AWSC and ...

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From potatoes to apples, one third of what we eat today is foreign - Economic Times

11 hours 5 min ago

From potatoes to apples, one third of what we eat today is foreign
Economic Times
In the past hundred years, scientists have brought together archaeological, linguistic, taxonomic, genetic and other data to identify where all crops came from, said Colin Khoury, lead author of the study. ... Ancient human migrations over centuries ...

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Ann McFeatters: America's amazing farms are proof of greatness - Chippewa Herald

13 hours 21 min ago

Chippewa Herald

Ann McFeatters: America's amazing farms are proof of greatness
Chippewa Herald
The truth is that farmers now are using the fruits of technology in ways that are increasing their yields, feeding more people around the world, making crops less susceptible to the vagaries of weather and implementing the amazing research that is ...

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Intrepid scientist dives in to 2 films for Shark Week - Charlotte Observer

17 hours 7 min ago

Charlotte Observer

Intrepid scientist dives in to 2 films for Shark Week
Charlotte Observer
Hammerschlag, a research assistant professor at the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and the UM Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy, appears in two documentaries during Shark Week, the Discovery ...

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Termites invented farming 25 million years before humans - NOLA.com

17 hours 20 min ago

Atlas Obscura

Termites invented farming 25 million years before humans
NOLA.com
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 ...
Scientists Prove Agriculture Has Existed for 25 Million YearsAtlas Obscura
Termites were farming 25 million years ago — long before humansThe Verge
Farmers, 25 Million Years Ago, Were Termites, Not HumansHeadlines & Global News
International Business Times AU -EurekAlert (press release)
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Termites Have Been Farming Longer Than Us - Gizmodo

Sat, 2016-06-25 21:01

Gizmodo

Termites Have Been Farming Longer Than Us
Gizmodo
According to a study published in PLOS One, scientists found fossils that indicate the earliest occurrence of insect agriculture within the termite subfamily Macrotermitinae, which harvested fungi “to convert recalcitrant, nitrogen-poor, plant material ...

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Drunky business Boozy chimps use own tools to obtain alcohol from palm trees in West Africa - The Sun

Sat, 2016-06-25 08:14

The Sun

Drunky business Boozy chimps use own tools to obtain alcohol from palm trees in West Africa
The Sun
Some became “dozy” and others “agitated”, with one seen swinging from tree to tree in a bid to continue the party, the journal Royal Society Open Science reports. Dr Kimberley Hockings, an expert in animal behaviour, said: “There are numerous anecdotes ...

The Duke of Cambridge: My tribute to Africa's unsung heroes - Telegraph.co.uk

Sat, 2016-06-25 05:05

Telegraph.co.uk

The Duke of Cambridge: My tribute to Africa's unsung heroes
Telegraph.co.uk
My recent visit to Kenya highlighted what, sadly, I already knew – that some of Africa's most iconic animals are perilously close to extinction, with their existence threatened daily by the illegal wildlife trade. It was a privilege to see Edward ...

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Social Spider Groups Need Bold and Shy Members - Scientific American

Fri, 2016-06-24 22:54

Scientific American

Social Spider Groups Need Bold and Shy Members
Scientific American
Jason G. Goldman is a science writer based in Los Angeles. He writes about human and animal behavior, wildlife biology, ecology and conservation for Scientific American, the BBC, Earth Touch, Conservation magazine and elsewhere. He completed his ...

Evaluation of commercially sold rapid rabies tests reveals serious problems with accuracy - Science Daily

Fri, 2016-06-24 21:58

Science Daily

Evaluation of commercially sold rapid rabies tests reveals serious problems with accuracy
Science Daily
Rabies virus (RABV) transmitted by dogs is responsible for an estimated 60,000 human deaths per year, especially in Asia and Africa. If humans bitten by a rabid animal are treated quickly, the disease can usually be prevented. ... They examined the ...

Scientists call on citizens to monitor Puget Sound's shores - (photo corrected) - SanJuanIslander.com

Fri, 2016-06-24 21:52

SanJuanIslander.com

Scientists call on citizens to monitor Puget Sound's shores - (photo corrected)
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 ...

When Animals Attack: Ranking Bloodthirsty Movie Predators - RollingStone.com

Fri, 2016-06-24 19:21

RollingStone.com

When Animals Attack: Ranking Bloodthirsty Movie Predators
RollingStone.com
40 Best Science Fiction TV Shows of All Time. By Scott Tobias .... Teen soap opera alumna vs. the ocean's most lethal predator – the eternal battle continues to rage. But while the shark remains ... in the cinema. We've laid out a highly scientific ...

Help crowdfund shark research: will the weasel shark disappear before we know it? - Southern Fried Science

Fri, 2016-06-24 15:40

Southern Fried Science

Help crowdfund shark research: will the weasel shark disappear before we know it?
Southern Fried Science
The weasel shark fulfills all criteria to be considered data-limited: there is no population assessment, no information on its spatial ecology and almost no information on its biology. Manuel is raising funds till the 9th of July as part of The ...

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ARIPO Reviews Draft Regulations On Implementation Of Arusha Protocol On Plant Varieties - Intellectual Property Watch

Fri, 2016-06-24 13:44

Intellectual Property Watch

ARIPO Reviews Draft Regulations On Implementation Of Arusha Protocol On Plant Varieties
Intellectual Property Watch
The African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) last week hosted a meeting of experts in Harare, Zimbabwe, to review the Draft Regulations for the Implementation of the Arusha Protocol for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants ...

Halifax business incubator fills 'missing piece' between immigrants, commerce - CBC.ca

Fri, 2016-06-24 12:01

CBC.ca

Halifax business incubator fills 'missing piece' between immigrants, commerce
CBC.ca
In a nondescript strip mall on Herring Cove Road in Halifax, small business ideas shared by new Nova Scotians are being given the chance to become something bigger. About 10 projects, from the simple to the scientific, are being quietly developed in a ...

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

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

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

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

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

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 ...