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The Anthropocene is here – ... - Rappler

10 hours 55 min ago

Rappler

The Anthropocene is here – ...
Rappler
MICROPLASTICS AND THE ANTHROPOCENE. Members of the environmental group Greenpeace collect beach balls symbolizing microplastics from cosmetic products (represented by large balloons) during a campaign to support a microbeads ban, on the ...

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DNA of 6000-year-old barley reveals its secrets - ISRAEL21c

11 hours 36 min ago

ISRAEL21c

DNA of 6000-year-old barley reveals its secrets
ISRAEL21c
Barley grains from the Chalcolithic period 6,000 years ago have become the oldest plant genome ever to be sequenced, announced a team of Israeli and international researchers in the journal Nature Genetics. The barley ... Nils Stein, who directed the ...

Scientists hope new varieties can start Africa rice revolution - Yahoo - Yahoo News

15 hours 41 min ago

Scientists hope new varieties can start Africa rice revolution - Yahoo
Yahoo News
By Isaiah Esipisu NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The first hybrid rice varieties developed in sub-Saharan Africa are yielding up to four times more ...

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Invasive Species May Beat Climate Change to Extinction of ... - Nature World News

18 hours 8 min ago

Nature World News

Invasive Species May Beat Climate Change to Extinction of ...
Nature World News
Invasive species are threatening the biodiversity of plant life across the globe, here's how they take over.
How Invasive Species (Slowly) Push Plants Toward Extinction ...Scientific American (blog)

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African farming trials create food for thought - Cosmos

23 hours 29 min ago

Cosmos

African farming trials create food for thought
Cosmos
Chopping up coloured strips of material with travel scissors was not how Caspar Roxburgh expected to introduce agricultural science to developing Africa. But as he began a field trial that would boost maize production for rural farmers in Mozambique, ...

One Scientist's Crazy Bet to Save the Bees: Join Monsanto - WIRED

Sun, 2016-08-28 21:09

WIRED

One Scientist's Crazy Bet to Save the Bees: Join Monsanto
WIRED
“Now put it someplace on you.” About 150 people, the audience at a honeybee panel at the 2014 South by Southwest Eco conference, place their fists on their shoulders or collarbones. “Proportionally, this is how large a varroa mite is compared to a ...

Satellites and high-tech solutions help African farmers face historic drought - Phys.Org

Sun, 2016-08-28 18:22

Satellites and high-tech solutions help African farmers face historic drought
Phys.Org
African and European researchers are employing high-tech water management research methods to help low-tech South African smallholders improve food security. Additionally, extremely high levels of Microcystin toxicity and uranium contamination in ...

Seriously, Stop Feeding Wild Animals! - Seeker

Sun, 2016-08-28 17:09

Seeker

Seriously, Stop Feeding Wild Animals!
Seeker
In today's DNews dispatch, Trace Dominguez looks at the Africa study and the ultimate wisdom of that enduring admonition: "Please Don't Feed the Animals." ... Scientists were able to sleuth out the situation and discovered that the trouble started in ...

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Nebraska focuses on drought in the Middle East and Africa: BTN LiveBIG - Big Ten Network

Sun, 2016-08-28 13:20

Big Ten Network

Nebraska focuses on drought in the Middle East and Africa: BTN LiveBIG
Big Ten Network
To address these problems, the National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute (WFGI) at the University of Nebraska are teaming up to lead a $4-million research ...

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The tribes paying the brutal price of conservation - The Guardian

Sun, 2016-08-28 07:00

The Guardian

The tribes paying the brutal price of conservation
The Guardian
In order to make room for wildlife, tourism and industry, governments are using conservation as a pretext to drive the world's most endangered peoples away from the lands and animals they have lived with for generations. ... Vulnerable tribal peoples ...

Zoos of the future may be animals' last, best hope - Tribune-Review

Sun, 2016-08-28 01:07

Zoos of the future may be animals' last, best hope
Tribune-Review
Zoos will continue to be safe havens from poaching and habitat loss caused by human encroachment and climate change, and zoo organizations will continue to take the lead in research and conservation to fight species extinction worldwide, he says. “In ...

When all else fails to protect crops, Thai farmers go for Plan Bee - The National

Sat, 2016-08-27 17:41

The National

When all else fails to protect crops, Thai farmers go for Plan Bee
The National
PANA, Thailand // To prevent wild elephants from rampaging through their produce, farmers in Thailand put up electric fences, set off firecrackers and switched their crops from pineapples to pumpkins, which the pachyderms don't relish much. Nothing ...

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Large Wildlife and the Global Carbon Cycle: Studies at the Mpala Research Center - National Geographic

Sat, 2016-08-27 15:46

National Geographic

Large Wildlife and the Global Carbon Cycle: Studies at the Mpala Research Center
National Geographic
This complementary cycle is already well-documented and, in fact, the idea that microbes and plants form the biological crux of the world's carbon cycle is long-established. ... Large wildlife species contribute to ecosystem carbon dynamics in myriad ...

Japan Pledges $30 Billion for Africa Over Next Three Years - Fortune

Sat, 2016-08-27 13:53

Fortune

Japan Pledges $30 Billion for Africa Over Next Three Years
Fortune
Abe, in the Kenyan capital Nairobi to attend the sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD), said the package would be spread over three years from this year and include $10 billion for infrastructure projects, to be executed ...
Japan planning to invest more than Sh3 trillion for African economiesDaily Nation

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Gay Dads Make History After Welcoming Triplets Born with Both Their DNA - Babble (blog)

Fri, 2016-08-26 23:46

Babble (blog)

Gay Dads Make History After Welcoming Triplets Born with Both Their DNA
Babble (blog)
If you just had to do a double-take on that headline, you're in good company: When I first read the news about how two gay dads from South Africa just became the first same-sex couple in history to both father their triplets, I admit, I was a bit ...

Penn State Brandywine sparks alumna's passion for primates - Penn State Delaware County

Fri, 2016-08-26 21:06

Penn State Delaware County

Penn State Brandywine sparks alumna's passion for primates
Penn State Delaware County
While earning her bachelor's degree in psychology from the Brandywine campus, Penn State graduate Megan Draper completed a unique research project that allowed her to explore her passion for primates and pursue a career in her dream field. ... During ...

Africa|Gabon's Leader Gives Elephants Free Rein. Rural Voters Don't Forget. - New York Times

Fri, 2016-08-26 20:58

New York Times

Africa|Gabon's Leader Gives Elephants Free Rein. Rural Voters Don't Forget.
New York Times
Despite the many frustrations in this oil-rich nation with glaring inequalities between the wealthy and the poor, political analysts say Mr. Bongo is likely to win. The campaign of his chief rival — Jean Ping, the former African Union chairman and ...

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Unlocking the mysteries of plant root function, from Alaska to South Africa - Science Daily

Fri, 2016-08-26 20:11

Science Daily

Unlocking the mysteries of plant root function, from Alaska to South Africa
Science Daily
Ecoss researchers in the Plant and Ecosystem Ecology -- PEER -- Lab at Northern Arizona University are digging into the soils of South Africa and Alaska to shed light on a poorly understood topic: how plant roots function. A $300,000 Mellon Foundation ...

Aquatic scientists take big steps toward successful management of alien invasive weeds in Botswana - EurekAlert (press release)

Fri, 2016-08-26 14:12

Aquatic scientists take big steps toward successful management of alien invasive weeds in Botswana
EurekAlert (press release)
The review paper "Alien Invasive Aquatic Plant Species in Botswana: Historical Perspective and Management" describes the species biology, distribution, historical spread, negative impacts, and control achieved right from their discovery in Botswana.

Perfluorinated compounds found in African crocodiles, American ... - Science Daily

Fri, 2016-08-26 13:55

Science Daily

Perfluorinated compounds found in African crocodiles, American ...
Science Daily
All plasma samples drawn from 125 alligators in Florida and South Carolina and 45 crocodiles in South Africa contain at least four different PFAAs.

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