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These Scientists Saw Zika Coming. Now They're Fighting Back - WIRED

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WIRED

These Scientists Saw Zika Coming. Now They're Fighting Back
WIRED
Inside the university's medical branch, Zika research is accelerating. ... It's the most anatomically correct, he says, pointing out the head, thorax, and abdomen in the same even tone he uses whether telling jokes or discussing molecular biology ...
Virus Profilers Race To Figure Out What Makes Zika TickNPR

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Drexel Students Get Expert Lesson On Conservation, Climate Change In Central Africa - CBS Local

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CBS Local

Drexel Students Get Expert Lesson On Conservation, Climate Change In Central Africa
CBS Local
Drexel Students Get Expert Lesson On Conservation, Climate Change In Central Africa. February 10, 2016 ... Several top biodiversity researchers from that region spoke with students ahead of a major scientific symposium later this week in Washington, DC ...

Scope for Indian companies to invest in Africa: Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh - Economic Times

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Scope for Indian companies to invest in Africa: Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh
Economic Times
NEW DELHI: Indian companies desirous of investing in Africa could join hands with African companies for the production of pulses and vegetable oils, the supply of which is insufficient to meet this country's demand feels Agriculture minister Radha ...

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Two WCS Scientists Are Finalists for World's Leading Award for Animal Conservation - Newswise (press release)

Tue, 2016-02-09 20:05

Newswise (press release)

Two WCS Scientists Are Finalists for World's Leading Award for Animal Conservation
Newswise (press release)
Newswise — WCS is pleased to announce that two of its scientists, Dr. Joel Berger and Dr. P. Dee Boersma, have advanced as finalists for the 2016 Indianapolis Prize. This announcement was made by Indianapolis Prize officials today as the six finalists ...

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Hunting pressure on forest animals in Africa is on the increase - Science Codex

Tue, 2016-02-09 15:33

Science Codex

Hunting pressure on forest animals in Africa is on the increase
Science Codex
Since about 25 years, animal species in West and Central Africa are no longer being hunted solely for the purpose of local self-sufficiency, but increasingly also for sale in urban areas several hundred kilometres away. ... The research team led by ...

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On the brink: One man's mission to save Madagascar's lemurs - CNN

Tue, 2016-02-09 10:08

CNN

On the brink: One man's mission to save Madagascar's lemurs
CNN
The self-confessed crusader, a native of Madagascar's capital of Antananarivo, says education is among the most important weapons in his arsenal. Ratsimbazafy says learning about indigenous animals, such as lemurs, is not part of the school curriculum, ...

6 Indianapolis Prize finalists who devote their lives to wildlife conservation - Indianapolis Star

Tue, 2016-02-09 05:08

Indianapolis Star

6 Indianapolis Prize finalists who devote their lives to wildlife conservation
Indianapolis Star
All six finalists for the 2016 Indianapolis Prize have devoted their lives to studying how to help conserve animal species, whether they have fur, feathers or fins. Consider the seahorse, which has been linked to promoting sexual vigor for men. A ...

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Chew on this: What a 2-million-year-old bite could tell us about our evolution - Christian Science Monitor

Mon, 2016-02-08 21:13

Christian Science Monitor

Chew on this: What a 2-million-year-old bite could tell us about our evolution
Christian Science Monitor
A recent study on the jaw structure and bite of a 2 million-year-old species could help place humans more precisely on the evolutionary tree, and show if the species is a possible candidate for one of our earliest ancestors.
Early Human Ancestor Did Not Have The Jaws Of A NutcrackerScience 2.0
These pre-humans didn't have 'nutcracker' jawsFuturity: Research News
Early humans had 'glass jaws' that would have cracked simply from biting nuts: Fossils dispute claims a 2 million ...Daily Mail
Phys.Org -RedOrbit
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'Where Have All the Animals Gone?' – a journey through Africa and Asia - Mongabay.com

Mon, 2016-02-08 19:38

Mongabay.com

'Where Have All the Animals Gone?' – a journey through Africa and Asia
Mongabay.com
In the second and third parts, Peterson continues his adventures with Ammann, joining him on some of his investigations into the bushmeat and ivory trade, and search for vanishing wildlife in parts of Asia and Africa. Ammann is a colorful character ...

Natural History Museums Are Teeming With Undiscovered Species - The Atlantic

Mon, 2016-02-08 14:38

The Atlantic

Natural History Museums Are Teeming With Undiscovered Species
The Atlantic
In the darkness of the Akeley Hall of Mammals, swarms of kids gawk at beautifully staged dioramas of Africa's wildlife. The stuffed safari, nestled in the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York, includes taxidermied leopards stalking a ...

Fighting mosquitoes with mosquitoes: Biological weapons target Zika virus - Los Angeles Times

Mon, 2016-02-08 11:01

Los Angeles Times

Fighting mosquitoes with mosquitoes: Biological weapons target Zika virus
Los Angeles Times
No other animal has done so much harm to the human race. Each year, they infect millions of people with malaria, yellow fever, dengue fever and other viruses and parasites, killing at least 600,000, the vast majority of them children in Africa. The ...
Mosquito research may offer solution to ZikaThe Seattle Times
Biological Weapons Target the Dangerous Zika VirusSci-Tech Today

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Early humans had 'glass jaws' that would have cracked simply from biting nuts: Fossils dispute claims a 2 million ... - Daily Mail

Mon, 2016-02-08 10:02

Daily Mail

Early humans had 'glass jaws' that would have cracked simply from biting nuts: Fossils dispute claims a 2 million ...
Daily Mail
This study builds on research in September that found early human ancestors living in Africa expanded their diets around 3.76 million years ago to include new types of plants. This gave them an edge over other primates and animals evolving at the time ...

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Early human ancestor didn't have the jaws of a nutcracker, study finds - Phys.Org

Mon, 2016-02-08 10:00

Phys.Org

Early human ancestor didn't have the jaws of a nutcracker, study finds
Phys.Org
The model is based on a fossil skull recovered in 2008 from Malapa, a cave near Johannesburg, South Africa. The biomechanical methods used in the study are similar to those used by engineers to test whether or not planes, cars, machine parts or other ...

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Where Blackouts Shake Up Elections, Renewables Seek the Benefits - Bloomberg

Mon, 2016-02-08 07:33

Bloomberg

Where Blackouts Shake Up Elections, Renewables Seek the Benefits
Bloomberg
Investors see an opportunity for African nations to leapfrog beyond traditional coal-fired power plants where electricity is distributed by sprawling grids. ... The trend is making Africa one of the leading emerging markets for renewables, drawing $25 ...

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When it rains it pours: it's not just Africa's wildlife at risk. Extinction faces continent's livestock too - Mail & Guardian Africa

Sun, 2016-02-07 11:03

Mail & Guardian Africa

When it rains it pours: it's not just Africa's wildlife at risk. Extinction faces continent's livestock too
Mail & Guardian Africa
A FEW days ago the Food and Agricultural Organisation published its second report on the State of the World's Animal Genetic Resources, reminding us that the conversation on animal extinction in Africa cannot be limited to wildlife. Drawing on ...

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As Zika rages, Seattle scientists step up antiviral drug research - The Seattle Times

Sun, 2016-02-07 01:27

The Seattle Times

As Zika rages, Seattle scientists step up antiviral drug research
The Seattle Times
Scientists at the University of Washington and Kineta in Seattle have acquired samples of the Zika virus now exploding in more than 25 countries to conduct tests that could lead to antiviral compounds that can stop that bug — and other global pathogens.

Unusual wildebeest-like animal's fossils unearthed in Kenya - Tribune-Review

Sat, 2016-02-06 23:40

The Guardian

Unusual wildebeest-like animal's fossils unearthed in Kenya
Tribune-Review
WASHINGTON — In an ancient streambed on Kenya's Rusinga Island, scientists have unearthed fossils of a wildebeest-like creature named Rusingoryx that boasted a weird nasal structure more befitting of a dinosaur than a mammal. Researchers said ...
Revealed: Rusingoryx, an ancient wildebeest cousin with bizarre dinosaur traitsThe Guardian
Ancient wildebeest cousin boasted bizarre dinosaur-like traitCinema Blaze
Ancient wildebeest-like Rusingoryx had bizarre nose similar to dinosaursABC Online
R & D Magazine
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Reverse swing: Racist Bangalore, racist India - The Indian Express

Sat, 2016-02-06 18:35

The Indian Express

Reverse swing: Racist Bangalore, racist India
The Indian Express
A mob in Bangalore, of all places — a city that struts as “India's Silicon Valley” — had set upon a Tanzanian woman, reducing her top to shreds, raining blows on her and beating up her African male companion. They torched the car in ... Particularly ...

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Malaria parasite found hiding out in North American deer - Science Magazine

Fri, 2016-02-05 19:30

Science Magazine

Malaria parasite found hiding out in North American deer
Science Magazine
North America's most popular game species, the white-tailed deer, harbors a secret: low levels of a malaria parasite that have only now been detected thanks to advanced DNA technology. Though this particular species of parasite poses little risk to ...

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This Talking Bird Is Disappearing From the Wild - National Geographic

Fri, 2016-02-05 15:20

National Geographic

This Talking Bird Is Disappearing From the Wild
National Geographic
Flocks of chattering African Grey parrots, more than a thousand flashes of red and white on grey at a time, were a common site in the deep forests of Ghana in the 1990s. But a 2016 study published in the journal Ibis reveals that these birds, in high ...