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'Star-Gazing' Shrimp Discovered in South Africa - NBCNews.com

Fri, 2014-11-21 15:40

TODAYonline

'Star-Gazing' Shrimp Discovered in South Africa
NBCNews.com
A tiny shrimp equipped with large, candy-striped eyes to ward off predators has been discovered in South African waters, the University of Cape Town said on Friday. The 10-15 mm-long crustacean has been christened the "star-gazer mysid" as its eyes ...
“Star-gazing” shrimp discovered in South AfricaTODAYonline
New shrimp species discovered in SABDlive
New "stargazer shrimp" discovered in the waters off of South AfricaBeta Wired
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Early sign of yellow fever could lead to new treatment - BBC News

Fri, 2014-11-21 10:06

BBC News

Early sign of yellow fever could lead to new treatment
BBC News
Writing in the journal PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, US scientists looked at the virus in macaques, in the first study in primates for more than 20 years. They found out how the virus ... William Augusto at the WHO said: "This research work is at ...
Breakthrough in Managing Yellow Fever DiseaseHealthCanal.com

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Breakthrough in managing yellow fever disease - EurekAlert (press release)

Thu, 2014-11-20 19:05

UCR Today

Breakthrough in managing yellow fever disease
EurekAlert (press release)
Found in South America and sub-Saharan Africa, each year the disease results in 200,000 new cases and kills 30,000 people. About 900 million people are at risk of contracting the disease. Now a research team led by a biomedical scientist at the ...
Early sign of yellow fever could lead to new treatmentBBC News

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Confessions of an Ivory Consumer - The Atlantic

Thu, 2014-11-20 17:18

The Atlantic

Confessions of an Ivory Consumer
The Atlantic
Ivory received renewed attention this month following reports that the delegation of Chinese President Xi Jinping bought up so much of the material during a March 2013 state visit to Tanzania that, for a time, ivory prices doubled on East African ...

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Poachers Are Now Slaughtering Africa's Giraffes - TakePart

Thu, 2014-11-20 17:15

TakePart

Poachers Are Now Slaughtering Africa's Giraffes
TakePart
Tanzania, which is also the site of massive levels of elephant poaching, typifies another reason for giraffe poaching: The animals are killed to feed the people who are hunting elephants. This also happens in the Congo, Fennessy said, where the Lord's ...

Timeline on Iran's Nuclear Program - New York Times

Thu, 2014-11-20 16:33

New York Times

Timeline on Iran's Nuclear Program
New York Times
... in Tehran and power plants. Iran Signs Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty With the American-provided research reactor running, starting in 1967, Iran becomes one of 51 nations to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, agreeing to never become a ...

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The Tricky Ethics of Intergalactic Colonization - Wired

Thu, 2014-11-20 11:37

Wired

The Tricky Ethics of Intergalactic Colonization
Wired
Alas, traveling to Africa to buy its iron, no matter how high the quality, would be like driving a hundred miles to pick up a gallon of exceptionally good milk—not a sensible use of time, money, or effort. In 1433, the voyages abruptly ceased; Ming ...

Promoting African Medicinal Plants Through Multi-Stakeholder Meeting-Herbfest - The Guardian

Thu, 2014-11-20 08:13

Promoting African Medicinal Plants Through Multi-Stakeholder Meeting-Herbfest
The Guardian
IF you are reading this, then you either know or have parents who know what we are all missing in refusing to use our available locally grown (behind the house little garden) plants. .... and Technology, the Federal Institute of Industrial Research ...

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Sorting Fact From Fiction and What the Best Science Writing Can Teach Us - TIME

Wed, 2014-11-19 17:00

TIME

Sorting Fact From Fiction and What the Best Science Writing Can Teach Us
TIME
Barbara J. King is a biological anthropologist at the College of William and Mary. ... Sometimes, though, vivid writing and scientific material happily collide in a single volume, as it has done in The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2014 ...

Scientists: Save More Than Forests - Voice of America

Wed, 2014-11-19 16:49

Voice of America

Scientists: Save More Than Forests
Voice of America
Protecting the world's forests is promoted as a way of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Forests store a lot of carbon in both trees and soil, which helps mitigate climate change. But some researchers say conserving forests alone will not ...

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Bottlenose dolphins use specific whistles as names - Phys.Org

Wed, 2014-11-19 13:38

Bottlenose dolphins use specific whistles as names
Phys.Org
A new study, published in Plos One has found that both species of bottlenose dolphin found in south Africa and Namibia; the Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops aduncus) and the common bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus), use a communication ...

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Fantastically Wrong: Unicorns Dig Virgin Women, and Other Lessons From ... - Wired

Wed, 2014-11-19 13:27

Fantastically Wrong: Unicorns Dig Virgin Women, and Other Lessons From ...
Wired
He or she dug deep into the animal lore of the ancients, combining thoughts of Aristotle, who was arguably the first true scientist (if you haven't yet picked up Armand Marie Leroi's fantastic new book The Lagoon: How Aristotle Invented Science, do so ...

Using Plant Recruitment And Mortality To Support Rangeland Management - Africa Science News Service

Wed, 2014-11-19 04:09

Using Plant Recruitment And Mortality To Support Rangeland Management
Africa Science News Service
Scientists have been collecting data on the different rangeland plant species since the early 1900s; these data are now being synthesized to build a predictive model of plant mortality and regeneration. The article “Incorporating Plant Mortality and ...

AP PHOTOS: Top pictures from Europe and Africa - U-T San Diego

Tue, 2014-11-18 17:05

U-T San Diego

AP PHOTOS: Top pictures from Europe and Africa
U-T San Diego
During the event a bull is tied to a pylon and flammable balls attached to the bull's horns are set on fire before the animal released. Revelers dodge the bull when it comes close until the flammable material is consumed. The bull is covered with a ...

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The Dark Side of Zootopia - New York Times

Tue, 2014-11-18 10:00

New York Times

The Dark Side of Zootopia
New York Times
Eschewing the anthropocentric architecture of traditional zoos — the pagodalike pavilions of native Asian animal exhibits or the thatched jungle-lodge verandas of the African — Zootopia will secrete visitors in those airborne pods or in unseen ...

South Africa to Spend $2.2 billion on HIV Drugs in Next 2 Years - Scientific American

Mon, 2014-11-17 21:22

BBC News

South Africa to Spend $2.2 billion on HIV Drugs in Next 2 Years
Scientific American
Speaking at a manufacturing plant of drugmaker Aspen Pharmacare, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said the government aims to buy three quarters of the drugs from local manufacturers. "We are on the cusp of a very important tender worth 24 ...
SA to spend R24bn on HIV drugs in next two yearsMoneyweb.co.za

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Giraffe Genes Offer New Insight Into Distribution - Nature World News

Mon, 2014-11-17 20:29

Nature World News

Giraffe Genes Offer New Insight Into Distribution
Nature World News
Giraffes, popular sightings on an African safari, are not popular when it comes to scientific study. These long-necked giants are poorly understood compared to the continent's other wild animals, but new research of giraffe genes are offering new ...
Genes offer new insights into the distribution of giraffesPhys.Org

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Developing a Taste for Human Blood - New York Times

Mon, 2014-11-17 20:28

Developing a Taste for Human Blood
New York Times
Carolyn McBride, an evolutionary biologist at Princeton who led the research, said that to study the insects' evolution, her team conducted an elaborate experiment using domestic mosquitoes and a wild species still found in sub-Saharan Africa.

Texas hunting club may cancel endangered rhino hunt - Monroe Evening News

Mon, 2014-11-17 16:02

Monroe Evening News

Texas hunting club may cancel endangered rhino hunt
Monroe Evening News
A Texas hunting club that auctioned off a permit to shoot an endangered black rhinoceros in Africa said it will cancel the hunt if a the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service denies the winning bidder's request to bring the dead animal back to the U.S. as a ...
Dallas Hunting Club May Cancel Endangered Rhino HuntCBS Local
Hunting club may cancel endangered rhino huntAlbuquerque Journal

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Hungry Planet: Can Big Data Help Feed 9 Billion Humans? - NBCNews.com

Mon, 2014-11-17 13:48

NBCNews.com

Hungry Planet: Can Big Data Help Feed 9 Billion Humans?
NBCNews.com
The solution, according to one soil management scientist, is Big Data. ... At the Water for Food conference, for example, agricultural researcher Zvi Hochman with Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization described how he ...