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Zimbabwe Is Rounding Up Dozens of Elephants for a "Fate Worse Than Death" - Mic

Sun, 2014-12-21 19:24

Mic

Zimbabwe Is Rounding Up Dozens of Elephants for a "Fate Worse Than Death"
Mic
Terrible things could soon happen to at least 36 elephants. Recent reports from the Zimbabwe Conservation Taskforce (ZCTF) indicate the country's government has ordered Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority officials to round up dozens of ...

America's Deadly Embrace - Center for Research on Globalization

Sun, 2014-12-21 14:32

Center for Research on Globalization

America's Deadly Embrace
Center for Research on Globalization
Global Research, December 21, 2014. Region: Latin America ... Sucking them into its web. Like spiders overwhelming prey. Allegedly ending hostile relations. Imperialism 101 suggests otherwise. US policies aren't benign. America is a global predator ...

The Surprising Ways That Chickens Changed the World - National Geographic

Sun, 2014-12-21 14:24

National Geographic

The Surprising Ways That Chickens Changed the World
National Geographic
Speaking from his home in Nashville, Tennessee, Andrew Lawler, author of Why Did the Chicken Cross the World: The Epic Saga of the Bird That Powers Civilization describes how fried chicken has its origins in West Africa, why the Puritans tried to ban ...

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Is This A Goat Or A Sheep? It's Harder Than You Think - KCBX

Sun, 2014-12-21 12:23

KCBX

Is This A Goat Or A Sheep? It's Harder Than You Think
KCBX
The story had a cute picture of a goat at the top, taken by a photographer in Dakar, Senegal. The farmer told the photographer that the animal was his "goatie." And to our untutored eyes, it looked like a goat. And then NPR's ruminant-wise Africa ...

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Ebola crisis pushes NewLink into limelight - DesMoinesRegister.com

Sun, 2014-12-21 04:08

DesMoinesRegister.com

Ebola crisis pushes NewLink into limelight
DesMoinesRegister.com
It turns out, as Ebola began killing thousands of people in West Africa this year, that the company held a license for a potential Ebola vaccine. At the ... Its leaders include Chairman Charles Link, whose experience includes leading the John Stoddard ...

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Can scientists clone a rhinoceros? - U-T San Diego

Sun, 2014-12-21 00:40

U-T San Diego

Can scientists clone a rhinoceros?
U-T San Diego
This approach would go beyond cloning by producing more genetic diversity in the resulting offspring. It's unclear ... “It's really brilliant in retrospect that when animals die, you can freeze some of their cells and they'll last forever,” said Jeanne ...

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Longtime Va. spice firm, other companies turn to exports - News & Observer

Sat, 2014-12-20 16:15

News & Observer

Longtime Va. spice firm, other companies turn to exports
News & Observer
Quality control technician, Bernice Brown, displays a report in her lab as Mark Sauer looks on during a tour of the C.F. Sauer spice and extract plant in Richmond, Va., Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014. The Richmond-based spice and condiment company is among ...

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Test tube likely last hope for dwindling white rhino species - UPI.com

Sat, 2014-12-20 15:24

UPI.com

Test tube likely last hope for dwindling white rhino species
UPI.com
Scientists have considered in-vitro fertilization, but the process of artificially inseminating a massive mammal would be dangerous and expensive -- with little guarantee of success. "You're dealing with semi-wild, what, two ton animal?" Richard Vigne ...
Scientists Are On A Desperate Mission To Save Northern White...Business Insider

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From the Moon to mongooses, $4.7 billion in crowdfunding rescues science ... - Raw Story

Sat, 2014-12-20 15:01

Raw Story

From the Moon to mongooses, $4.7 billion in crowdfunding rescues science ...
Raw Story
You can take a role in testing the effect of warming skin on memory. Or you can involve yourself in Britain's first bid to land a spaceship on the Moon. Or you can help researchers understand the social behaviour of the dwarf mongoose. It is a mixed ...

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The Year in Spiders and Bugs - Discovery News

Sat, 2014-12-20 13:31

The Year in Spiders and Bugs
Discovery News
Coffee berry borers, small beetles native to Africa, spend the majority of their lives in coffee beans, a recent study in the Journal of Insect Behavior told a world of coffee drinkers who suddenly felt a bit queasy about their breakfast. Home, for ...

Giving overexposed poinsettias their due: The Real Dirt - Toronto Star

Sat, 2014-12-20 13:02

Toronto Star

Giving overexposed poinsettias their due: The Real Dirt
Toronto Star
Whether it's red Christmas Day, or a breakaway kind called Orange Spice, or prettily-variegated Pink and Cream or a multicoloured mixture of several shades, how colourful these plants look, even under harsh fluorescent lighting at the supermarket ...

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Pictures: the top new animal discoveries of 2014 - Mongabay.com

Sat, 2014-12-20 02:32

Mongabay.com

Pictures: the top new animal discoveries of 2014
Mongabay.com
Many of the species described for the first time during the past twelve months are "cryptic species" — species that were officially distinguished from similar-looking and closely-related species using genetic analysis. However some of the discoveries ...

First Maps from Carbon-Monitoring Satellite Show Global CO2 Levels - Scientific American

Fri, 2014-12-19 13:43

Phys.Org

First Maps from Carbon-Monitoring Satellite Show Global CO2 Levels
Scientific American
News of the satellite's status came on December 18 briefing at the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco, California, where OCO-2 scientists released the first images from the probe. “The results and the promise of this mission are quite ...
NASA's spaceborne carbon counter maps new detailsPhys.Org
NASA reveals what carbon dioxide looks like from spaceMashable
NASA Satellite Sends Back Most Detailed CO2 ViewDiscovery News
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Kenya Targets Dogs in Ambitious Plan to Eradicate Rabies - Big News Network.com

Fri, 2014-12-19 13:09

Big News Network.com

Kenya Targets Dogs in Ambitious Plan to Eradicate Rabies
Big News Network.com
Gilchrist runs the Kenya Society for the Protection and Care of Animals (KSPCA) in Nairobi, which shelters more than 100 homeless dogs and regularly sees cases of rabies. But that may not be the situation for long. ... As in most of Africa, rabies ...

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Brown bears, wolves and lynx numbers rising in Europe - The Guardian

Fri, 2014-12-19 07:35

The Guardian

Brown bears, wolves and lynx numbers rising in Europe
The Guardian
Despite fears that large carnivores are doomed to extinction because of rising human populations and overconsumption, a study published in Science has found that large predator populations are stable or rising in Europe. Brown bear, wolf ... According ...

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Bill Gates' Human Experimentation with GM Bananas in Africa Condemned by ... - Center for Research on Globalization

Thu, 2014-12-18 16:02

Center for Research on Globalization

Bill Gates' Human Experimentation with GM Bananas in Africa Condemned by ...
Center for Research on Globalization
At least 124 food and outreach organizations, as well as 26 individual scientists, have signed onto a letter sent to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation protesting ongoing human trials of genetically modified (GM), beta-carotene-enriched bananas ...

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Earthweek: A Diary of the Planet - Daily Record

Thu, 2014-12-18 15:39

Daily Record

Earthweek: A Diary of the Planet
Daily Record
Writing in the journal Global Change Biology, a team of researchers reveals how ants and other arthropods on a stretch of just 150 blocks of median strips in Manhattan can remove the equivalent of about 60,000 pounds of hot dogs or 600,000 potato chips ...

Quiz: Extinct or Endangered? - Wired

Thu, 2014-12-18 15:08

Wired

Quiz: Extinct or Endangered?
Wired
Do you know your extinct and endangered animals? Above is an Amur leopard, a species that is still around but critically endangered. Unfortunately, there are many examples of animals lost forever, or close to the brink of extinction. Take the quiz and ...

Amazing 100-year-old pictures emerge from depths of Scots science archives - Aberdeen Press and Journal

Thu, 2014-12-18 12:49

Aberdeen Press and Journal

Amazing 100-year-old pictures emerge from depths of Scots science archives
Aberdeen Press and Journal
The team bringing the slides to life know very little about their origin, except they are from the archives of the renowned Roslin Institute — the animal research centre responsible for Dolly the Sheep — and were taken in the late 19th to early 20th ...

Fixing the Crowded Earth - Newsweek

Thu, 2014-12-18 12:22

Newsweek

Fixing the Crowded Earth
Newsweek
But global populations are still on the rise, and in many parts of the world—Africa most prominently—the problems created by a lack of reproductive rights are getting more dire. In 1650, there were about 500 million people on Earth. ... A recent ...