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Zika Virus: Researchers Develop New Model to Help Test Vaccines and Treatments - Technology Networks

Tue, 2017-12-12 11:19

Technology Networks

Zika Virus: Researchers Develop New Model to Help Test Vaccines and Treatments
Technology Networks
An alternative animal model that mimics key features of the Zika virus infection, including its lingering presence in bodily fluids, has been developed at Texas Biomedical Research Institute in San Antonio. Acute infections in male marmosets, a New ...

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The way forward for agriculture in Africa - Daily Nation

Tue, 2017-12-12 07:31

Daily Nation

The way forward for agriculture in Africa
Daily Nation
Yet despite expenditure of billions of dollars on agricultural development, most of Africa's farmers continue to harvest one metric tonne of grain per hectare, consigning them to an impoverished, subsistence existence. Experience from the frontlines of ...

Global vegetation map will aid climate change research - Minnesota Daily

Tue, 2017-12-12 06:55

Global vegetation map will aid climate change research
Minnesota Daily
“This allows us to do a much better job of making plant models.” University researchers from the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences and the College of Science and Engineering came together to combine the science of plants with ...

Killer whales fight great white sharks for ocean supremacy - New York Post

Mon, 2017-12-11 20:15

New York Post

Killer whales fight great white sharks for ocean supremacy
New York Post
Off the coast of South Africa, just below the ocean's surface, an epic battle is underway as killer whales hunt and kill the world's most iconic predator, the great white shark. The phenomenon began in early May when scientists at the shark cage diving ...

African deforestation not as great as feared -- ScienceDaily - Science Daily

Mon, 2017-12-11 18:20

African deforestation not as great as feared -- ScienceDaily
Science Daily
The loss of forests in Africa in the past century is substantially less than previously estimated, an analysis of historical records and paleontology evidence shows.

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Tree planting brings hunger relief to local school - Citizen

Mon, 2017-12-11 09:44

Citizen

Tree planting brings hunger relief to local school
Citizen
READ MORE: Trees in urban areas can reduce the risk of asthma attacks. Business Systems Group client engagement and strategy executive, Jurie Schoeman, plants lemon trees with Miss Earth South Africa 2017 'Air' runner-up, Orielia Egambaram. BSG has ...

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New study: Gorillas fare better in logged forests than chimps - Mongabay.com

Mon, 2017-12-11 05:29

Mongabay.com

New study: Gorillas fare better in logged forests than chimps
Mongabay.com
As timber companies move into Central Africa's forests, apes increasingly have to find ways to survive in the altered forests they call home. Scientists still don't know the full impact of logging on many animals, but now a new study suggests that ...

What do forests have to do with food? - Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)

Mon, 2017-12-11 03:55

Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)

What do forests have to do with food?
Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)
What can you cook from parkia seeds and baobab leaves? How about temple plant leaves and shea butter? New research emerging from five sites in Africa – in Burkina Faso, Zambia, Uganda, Ethiopia and Cameroon – is uncovering a smorgasbord of delicious ...

Attenborough and the Giant Elephant is the bittersweet tale of Jumbo, the first animal superstar: review - Telegraph.co.uk

Sun, 2017-12-10 22:00

Telegraph.co.uk

Attenborough and the Giant Elephant is the bittersweet tale of Jumbo, the first animal superstar: review
Telegraph.co.uk
One could easily have imagined Attenborough and the Giant Elephant (BBC One), the bittersweet tale of the world's first animal superstar – Jumbo the elephant, London Zoo's foremost attraction in Victorian times – filling a prime-time slot in the ...
Attenborough and the Giant Elephant, BBC1, review: A tragic tale of the first 'animal celebrity'iNews

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Botanical exploits: How British plant hunters served science - BBC ... - BBC News

Sun, 2017-12-10 00:39

BBC News

Botanical exploits: How British plant hunters served science - BBC ...
BBC News
Collecting in the clouds: Remembering the British plant-hunters who diced with death to discover plants.

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Overkill: The plight of Africa's wildlife - Daily Nation

Sat, 2017-12-09 18:44

Daily Nation

Overkill: The plight of Africa's wildlife
Daily Nation
He tells us that 90 per cent of the world's megafauna – its big creatures – have disappeared since we humans migrated from Africa and spread out across the other continents of the world. “Within a short time,” he says, “the megafauna – mammoths ...

Report: African wildlife threatened by militia poaching - PRI

Fri, 2017-12-08 16:10

PRI

Report: African wildlife threatened by militia poaching
PRI
The report also tracked poaching in Bili in DRC and the Chinko reserve in Central African Republic. The research covered nearly 90 villages in the region. "This region is perhaps the most remote and underdeveloped on the continent," said Liz Williamson ...

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South Africa: Zuma Lauds Nuclear Plant's Cancer Treatment, Despite Closure of Unit Over Safety Fears - AllAfrica.com

Fri, 2017-12-08 14:11

South Africa: Zuma Lauds Nuclear Plant's Cancer Treatment, Despite Closure of Unit Over Safety Fears
AllAfrica.com
President Jacob Zuma has lauded the production of cancer treatment at the Pelindaba nuclear plant, despite the shutdown of that section for safety reasons in November. "South Africa boasts a nuclear research reactor facility at Pelindaba that produces ...

Sustainable yam systems in West Africa - Phys.Org

Fri, 2017-12-08 13:22

Phys.Org

Sustainable yam systems in West Africa
Phys.Org
There are actually 600 yam species worldwide, and only about 20 are cultivated. But very little research has been done on these plants despite their importance. Thus, yams are considered an "orphan crop". On the other hand, soil fertility depletion has ...

South Africa's 'Rhino Ranger' - CNN International

Fri, 2017-12-08 13:13

CNN International

South Africa's 'Rhino Ranger'
CNN International
"Our job is to protect the reserve and we have to; it's an obligation for us. In an attempt to discourage more poaching, South Africa has introduced stricter penalties for those caught planning or in the act of killing rhinos illegally. In 2012, a ...

Great white sharks face off against orcas in ocean battleground - Fox News

Fri, 2017-12-08 12:58

Fox News

Great white sharks face off against orcas in ocean battleground
Fox News
Off the coast of South Africa, just below the ocean's surface, an epic battle is underway as killer whales hunt and kill the world's most iconic predator, the great white shark. The phenomenon began in early May when scientists at shark cage diving ...

The most impactful AI research isn't happening in Silicon Valley - Quartz

Fri, 2017-12-08 12:07

Quartz

The most impactful AI research isn't happening in Silicon Valley
Quartz
In the early aughts, author William Gibson wrote that the future was here, just not evenly distributed. But while the US, Canada, China, and other world powers disproportionately enjoy the benefits of technological advancements, a shift is starting to ...

Africa's giraffes are being slaughtered by Joseph Kony's army - New Scientist

Fri, 2017-12-08 10:59

New Scientist

Africa's giraffes are being slaughtered by Joseph Kony's army
New Scientist
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Dr Nyangiwe's doctoral studies shed light on distribution and ecology of ticks - Bizcommunity.com

Thu, 2017-12-07 08:32

Dr Nyangiwe's doctoral studies shed light on distribution and ecology of ticks
Bizcommunity.com
Name a tick, any tick, and Dr Nkululeko Nyangiwe of Stutterheim in the Eastern Cape will probably be able to tell you where you will find it in South Africa and in which type of vegetation. Since 2012, he has been working on his part-time doctorate in ...