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Master Naturalists: what to do with invasive species - Victoria Advocate

Sat, 2014-10-25 16:00

Master Naturalists: what to do with invasive species
Victoria Advocate
Invading can occur through natural processes such as geological change (long-term) and climatic changes (short-term changes). There was not grass and brush from here to West Texas when it was the Permian-Period shallow sea 250 million years ago.

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Woman quarantined in NJ shows no signs of Ebola - Lynchburg News and Advance

Sat, 2014-10-25 15:36

Fox News

Woman quarantined in NJ shows no signs of Ebola
Lynchburg News and Advance
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey health officials say a woman who arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport from West Africa has tested negative for Ebola in a preliminary evaluation. The New Jersey Department of Health says the woman remains in ...
NY, NJ order Ebola quarantine for doctors, othersWBTW - Myrtle Beach and Florence SC
New York Doctor Seen Unlikely to Have Spread EbolaWall Street Journal
NJ, NY Toughen Ebola Quarantine Rules After Doctor CaseKTIC
Environment News Service -The Week UK
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Ebola crisis rekindles concerns about secret research in Russian military labs - Stars and Stripes

Sat, 2014-10-25 14:05

Stars and Stripes

Ebola crisis rekindles concerns about secret research in Russian military labs
Stars and Stripes
She was an ordinary lab technician with an uncommonly dangerous assignment: drawing blood from Ebola-infected animals in a secret military laboratory. When she ... The research began amid intense secrecy with an ambitious effort to assess Ebola's ...

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As researchers develop Ebola vaccine, early human clinical trials show promise - Washington Post

Fri, 2014-10-24 12:18

MiamiHerald.com

As researchers develop Ebola vaccine, early human clinical trials show promise
Washington Post
Jeremy Farrar, director of the London-based medical charity the Wellcome Trust, which has helped fund the GSK vaccine and other Ebola research, says it's possible the epidemic has “gone beyond the capacity” of tactics such as quarantining and contact ...
Possible vaccine for Ebola went years untested on humansBoston Globe
Ebola Vaccine: Johnson & Johnson Confident Of Human Trials In January And ...International Business Times AU
Industry response to Ebola quickensFinancial Times
The Plain Dealer - cleveland.com -BioWorld Online
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Female fruit flies prefer mates with dazzle. Dullards needn't bother. - Washington Post

Fri, 2014-10-24 11:08

Female fruit flies prefer mates with dazzle. Dullards needn't bother.
Washington Post
“Our experiment shows that this newly discovered trait is important in female choice in fruit flies and is the first evidence that wing interference patterns have a biological signaling function between the sexes during sexual selection,” said Jessica ...

Investors Are Eager for African Sovereign Debt, Despite Plenty of Risks - New York Times

Fri, 2014-10-24 08:14

New York Times

Investors Are Eager for African Sovereign Debt, Despite Plenty of Risks
New York Times
But the sovereign debt market is booming, with sub-Saharan African countries raising nearly $7 billion so far this year, more than in all of 2013, according to Dealogic, a market research firm. The yields on many of the ... Uganda could use the money ...

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Ebola and Animals – at Home and West Africa - HSUS News (blog)

Thu, 2014-10-23 21:31

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Ebola and Animals – at Home and West Africa
HSUS News (blog)
To their credit, Dallas authorities, including Dallas Animal Services with help from the Veterinary Emergency Team at Texas A&M University, have handled Bentley's situation with transparency, care and poise. They avoided the unfortunate scenario that ...
Nurse Nina Pham Ebola free, to meet with POTUSNBC2 News
Obama: Science, not fear, key to Ebola responseWPEC

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How Some Exposure to Ebola Could Lead to Immunity - Live Science

Thu, 2014-10-23 19:02

How Some Exposure to Ebola Could Lead to Immunity
Live Science
"If we're really worried about emerging infectious diseases, we really need to pay attention to the ecological interfaces between animal reservoirs and the human populations that interact with them," said Timothy Reluga, a mathematical epidemiologist ...

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Where Does Ebola Hide Between Outbreaks? - Slate Magazine

Thu, 2014-10-23 06:12

Slate Magazine

Where Does Ebola Hide Between Outbreaks?
Slate Magazine
My nerve-wracking research with shrieking bats. By Matt McCarthy ... I was a medical student at Harvard at the time, and I'd responded to a flier seeking an animal catcher willing to spend the summer in Africa. I had no such ... A few weeks later, I ...

Neanderthals and humans first mated 50000 years ago, DNA reveals - Fox News

Thu, 2014-10-23 05:50

Fox News

Neanderthals and humans first mated 50000 years ago, DNA reveals
Fox News
To help solve this mystery, scientists analyzed the shaft of a thighbone found by an artist and mammoth ivory collector, Nikolai Peristov, on the left bank of the river Irtysh near the settlement of Ust'-Ishim in western Siberia in 2008. They ...
New evidence on Neanderthal mixingHarvard Gazette
DNA found in early modern human fossil shows evidence of interbreeding with ...Tech Times
Thoroughly modern humans interbred with NeanderthalsNew Scientist
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Chimps filmed raiding farms to find food - BBC News

Thu, 2014-10-23 00:39

BBC News

Chimps filmed raiding farms to find food
BBC News
"[It's] surrounded on the outside by smallholder farms, forest fragments and tea estates," the researchers said in their paper. They think that humans encroaching on chimp habitats may have "promoted" the animals' foraging trips into cropland. But the ...

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Ten Years On, the Flores “Hobbit” Remains an Evolutionary Puzzle - Smithsonian

Wed, 2014-10-22 21:03

Smithsonian

Ten Years On, the Flores “Hobbit” Remains an Evolutionary Puzzle
Smithsonian
Known to scientists as Homo floresiensis, the Hobbit has no ordinary skeleton. Although parts of its anatomy resembled those of very ancient humans, dating analysis puts the skeleton at about 18,000 years old. That means the seemingly primitive species ...
'Hobbit Humans' Actually Might Not Have Been HumanDiscovery News

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Demand Jumps for Protective Equipment as Ebola Cases Spur Hospitals Into ... - New York Times

Wed, 2014-10-22 06:29

New York Times

Demand Jumps for Protective Equipment as Ebola Cases Spur Hospitals Into ...
New York Times
At manufacturing plants in North Carolina, Mexico and Honduras, the machines are standing ready. The plants, which make gowns and other protective equipment that medical staff need to treat Ebola patients, have hired extra workers to make sure the ...

Johnson & Johnson to Begin Testing Ebola Vaccine in January - Wall Street Journal

Wed, 2014-10-22 05:50

Fox Business

Johnson & Johnson to Begin Testing Ebola Vaccine in January
Wall Street Journal
... will work safely. J&J's vaccine proved safe and protective against the virus during testing in monkeys, which J&J Chief Scientific Officer Paul Stoffels said was normally a strong sign that the regimen would work in humans. ... Marie-Paule Kieny ...
800 Vials Of Experimental Ebola Vaccine Shipped From CanadaScience 2.0
Ebola vaccine trials in West Africa expected to start in January for 'tens of ...Fox Business
Ebola Vaccines May Be Deployed in West Africa by January, Officials SayU.S. News & World Report

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9 questions you were too afraid to ask about Ebola - MSN Money

Wed, 2014-10-22 02:51

Fox News

9 questions you were too afraid to ask about Ebola
MSN Money
Those who have a fever, and who have just returned from one of the affected countries — Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. Those who feel sick after having come into close contact with a traveler from West Africa. But if you're not in one these ...
Scientists rush on Ebola vaccines as food agencies move in to prevent hunger ...Deutsche Welle
WHO: Ebola vaccine trials in W. Africa in Januarykwwl.com

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Sowing the seeds of an illogical crop ban - Los Angeles Times

Wed, 2014-10-22 00:23

Sowing the seeds of an illogical crop ban
Los Angeles Times
Scientists have, for instance, developed a form of rice that contains significant amounts of vitamin A, an innovation that could prevent blindness and death for millions of people in Asia and Africa. Scientists are at work on oranges they hope will ...

Is climate change to blame for the Ebola outbreak? - Haaretz

Tue, 2014-10-21 15:04

Haaretz

Is climate change to blame for the Ebola outbreak?
Haaretz
To this day nobody knows where Ebola lurks in nature, or in the scientific argot, what animal is its "natural reservoir." Fruit bats have been ... Others suspect that the origin – at least in the Congo, not necessarily in the recent West African ...
Ebola VirusCouncil on Foreign Relations
Curing the Incurable: On the Road to Counter EbolaOnislam.net
Ebola Vaccines May Be Deployed in West Africa by January, Officials SayHealthDay
Nigerian Observer -Canada Free Press
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Extremely Rare White Rhino Dies in Kenya—His Kind Nearly Extinct - National Geographic

Mon, 2014-10-20 20:39

Mic

Extremely Rare White Rhino Dies in Kenya—His Kind Nearly Extinct
National Geographic
That "we've lost [the subspecies] is a statement of just how bad off large animals are across Africa," said Pimm, who is also a contributor to National Geographic's News Watch blog. "It's a measure of the fact that rhinos are being massively poached ...
One of the Most Important Animals on the African Savanna Is Nearing ExtinctionMic
Suni, A Male 34-Year-Old White Rhino, Found Dead in Africa, Only 6 Remain in ...Opposing Views
One male left in the entire northern white rhino populationNational Monitor
Business Insider -Paw Nation -Design & Trend
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Africa's Sugar Ambitions Turn Sour - Wall Street Journal

Mon, 2014-10-20 18:26

Wall Street Journal

Africa's Sugar Ambitions Turn Sour
Wall Street Journal
For much of the past decade, African and foreign sugar companies have pumped billions of dollars into projects in an attempt to tap the sweet tooth of the continent's new middle class. Today, mills in many countries are ... “There is an enormous market ...

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Barbara King included in 'Best American Science and Nature Writing' anthology - William and Mary News

Mon, 2014-10-20 17:49

William and Mary News

Barbara King included in 'Best American Science and Nature Writing' anthology
William and Mary News
A piece by William & Mary anthropologist Barbara King is included in The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2014, a recently released anthology that currently holds the number one spot in the nature writing and essays category on Amazon. “When ...