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Giraffes, rarer than elephants, put on extinction watch list - U.S. News & World Report

Thu, 2016-12-08 02:29

U.S. News & World Report

Giraffes, rarer than elephants, put on extinction watch list
U.S. News & World Report
At a biodiversity meeting Wednesday in Mexico, the IUCN increased the threat level for 35 species and lowered the threat level for seven species on its "Red List" of threatened species, considered by scientists the official list of what animals and ...
Giraffes face 'silent extinction' as population shrinks nearly 40 percentUSA TODAY
Giraffes UNDER THREAT: Species at risk of 'silent extinction'Express.co.uk
Giraffes facing 'silent extinction' as population plungesBBC News
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Firm raises hope of small scale farmers and millers with protein-rich insect product - Africa Science News Service

Wed, 2016-12-07 18:37

Africa Science News Service

Firm raises hope of small scale farmers and millers with protein-rich insect product
Africa Science News Service
To bridge that gap, researchers have found the solution in insect protein that offer an important replacement for expensive protein sources from fish or plants used in aquaculture and poultry production. Insects add more value to the feed and food ...

Lemur-Like African Primate Galago Inspires Design Of Fast Leaping Robot - Tech Times

Wed, 2016-12-07 13:12

Tech Times

Lemur-Like African Primate Galago Inspires Design Of Fast Leaping Robot
Tech Times
The field of robotics long been inspired by the movements of animals like snakes and bugs. Now, engineers have yet again looked at the animal kingdom to create a new robot with an exceptional vertical jumping agility. Roboticists from the University of ...
Jumping robot inspired by bush babiesBBC News
Robotic vertical jumping agility via series-elastic power modulation | Science RoboticsScience
Wall-jumping robot is most vertically agile ever builtUC Berkeley
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Apartheid's lingering effects on HIV and AIDS - Medical Xpress

Wed, 2016-12-07 12:51

Medical Xpress

Apartheid's lingering effects on HIV and AIDS
Medical Xpress
Penn State researcher Brian King and research assistant Wendy Ngubane walk through Schoemansdal, a village in South Africa, to identify households to schedule interviews. King and his team have been investigating factors affecting HIV and …more.

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Zoology news: November's animal antics from around the globe – in pictures - The Guardian

Wed, 2016-12-07 09:03

Zoology news: November's animal antics from around the globe – in pictures
The Guardian
Elephant poaching costs Africa around $25 million in lost tourism revenue, according to a new study. It's estimated that some 20,000 to 30,000 African elephants are killed for their ivory every year. Investment in anti-poaching makes economic sense ...

Secrets of the Paleo diet: Archeological discovery reveals plant-based menu of prehistoric humans - Science Daily

Tue, 2016-12-06 19:30

Science Daily

Secrets of the Paleo diet: Archeological discovery reveals plant-based menu of prehistoric humans
Science Daily
Euryale ferox, from the water lily family, is one of several plant species that are considered extinct in Israel and the Levant region and were found in excavations in the prehistoric site of Gesher Benot Ya'aqov. In eastern Asia its seeds are roasted ...

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Apartheid's lingering effects on HIV and AIDS - Penn State News

Tue, 2016-12-06 16:32

Reports Afrique News

Apartheid's lingering effects on HIV and AIDS
Penn State News
For nearly two decades, King has been traveling to South Africa to conduct research on the lingering effects of colonial and apartheid spatial systems. His research ... Two plants that grow easily and are found in the diet of many rural residents of ...
Nigerian Scientists Prove Efficacy Of Nano-medicine In HIV/AIDS CureReports Afrique News

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Research assesses impact of soil erosion on land and communities in East Africa - EurekAlert (press release)

Tue, 2016-12-06 15:16

Research assesses impact of soil erosion on land and communities in East Africa
EurekAlert (press release)
The impact of soil erosion on both the environmental and social wellbeing of communities in East Africa is to be explored in new research led by the University of Plymouth. The study, which is focused on the East African Rift System, will examine the ...

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These scientists study plants and animals by land and sea - Science News for Students (blog)

Tue, 2016-12-06 12:14

Science News for Students (blog)

These scientists study plants and animals by land and sea
Science News for Students (blog)
She helps other scientists publish books and scientific journals about plant science at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas in Fort Worth. ... But wheat plants can suffer if they don't get enough water or enough of the nitrogen they need to make ...

Google deal puts Africa on cusp of first smartphone plant - The Spokesman-Review

Mon, 2016-12-05 21:54

MIT Technology Review

Google deal puts Africa on cusp of first smartphone plant
The Spokesman-Review
A Johannesburg startup is set to become the first company ever to manufacture smartphones in Africa, taking advantage of low costs and growing local demand to build handsets, tablets and other devices based on Google's Android system. Onyx Connect, a ...
Is This Africa's First Smartphone Factory?MIT Technology Review

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Israeli researchers on the Paleo diet: Neanderthals ate plants as well as meat - Jerusalem Post Israel News

Mon, 2016-12-05 20:36

Jerusalem Post Israel News

Israeli researchers on the Paleo diet: Neanderthals ate plants as well as meat
Jerusalem Post Israel News
Hebrew University researchers studying the ancient diet of people in Paleolithic times have discovered proof that they ate a plant-based menu. The paleo diet, in which people eat lots of meat and avoid the carbohydrates found in grains and legumes to ...
A collection of 780000-year-old remains of edible plants found at Lake Hula in Israel. Yaakov LangsamHaaretz
Traces of true paleo diet emerge from muck in northern IsraelThe Times of Israel
The REAL paleo diet: More than 9000 plant remains reveal Paleolithic humans ate a variety of greensDaily Mail

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Africa: World Soil Day Hails Symbiotic Role of Pulses to Boost Sustainable Agriculture - AllAfrica.com

Mon, 2016-12-05 15:20

Africa: World Soil Day Hails Symbiotic Role of Pulses to Boost Sustainable Agriculture
AllAfrica.com
Pulses such as lentils, dry beans and chickpeas are nitrogen-fixing plants that can benefit soil health, leading to better growing conditions for themselves and for other plants. On average, cereals grown after pulses yield 1.5 tonnes more per hectare ...

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Trophy hunting could help conserve lions, says Cecil the lion scientist - The Guardian

Mon, 2016-12-05 13:08

Trophy hunting could help conserve lions, says Cecil the lion scientist
The Guardian
The number of African lions left in the wild has plummeted in the last century and they have disappeared from more than 90% of their historic range. Just 20,000 individuals remain, fewer than the number of rhinos in Africa. The killing of Cecil the ...

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Science to come alive in the streets of Pretoria - ITWeb

Mon, 2016-12-05 10:39

Science to come alive in the streets of Pretoria
ITWeb
The Department of Science and Technology (DST) Science Forum South Africa will take science to the streets on 8 and 9 December, when it stages exciting exhibitions and information sessions for the public. As part of the activities around the second ...

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Gurib's vision for science and innovation in Africa - University World News

Sun, 2016-12-04 05:45

Gurib's vision for science and innovation in Africa
University World News
Ameenah Gurib, the first elected woman President of Mauritius, which is ranked Africa's third most developed country, is a champion of higher education and research in Africa and was listed in the world's top 100 most powerful women by Forbes earlier ...

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Why and how do zebras and squirrels get stripes? - The Hindu

Sat, 2016-12-03 12:45

The Hindu

Why and how do zebras and squirrels get stripes?
The Hindu
As for the zebra in Africa, Rudyard Kipling in his charming “Just so stories” wrote (www.boop.org/jan/justso/leopard.htm) that two ancestral zebras decided to “melt” into the landscape as camouflage to escape the leopard and the Ethiopian hunters ...

Non-Corporate Entities Join Forces Against Adoption Of Plant Breeders' Rights Regulations In Africa - Intellectual Property Watch

Fri, 2016-12-02 15:27

Intellectual Property Watch

Non-Corporate Entities Join Forces Against Adoption Of Plant Breeders' Rights Regulations In Africa
Intellectual Property Watch
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, civil society, and farmers' representatives have raised serious concerns on the upcoming adoption of draft regulations of a protocol protecting breeders' rights in Africa. ... wrote to the ...

Integrated Agricultural Research Systems Key To Africa's Transformation – Sanginga - Leadership Newspapers

Fri, 2016-12-02 01:52

Integrated Agricultural Research Systems Key To Africa's Transformation – Sanginga
Leadership Newspapers
Integrated systems research approach in agriculture is key to sustainable transformation in Africa with benefits including increase in yields and livelihoods improvement of resource-poor farmers, according to the Director General of the International ...

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Africa Uses Sports to Fight Environmental Degradation - Voice of America

Thu, 2016-12-01 23:18

Voice of America

Africa Uses Sports to Fight Environmental Degradation
Voice of America
Activists are using the women's Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Cameroon to campaign for the protection of the continent's forests and animal species. The campaign, called “Sports for Nature," is spearheaded by conservationist groups who say some ...

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Scientists just observed chimpanzees doing something we've never seen them do: going fishing - Quartz

Thu, 2016-12-01 20:38

Quartz

Scientists just observed chimpanzees doing something we've never seen them do: going fishing
Quartz
Scientists believe there's a lot to learn from chimpanzees about human evolution. Like people, the animals have advanced problem-solving skills and can adapt tools for different circumstances. Scientists are trying to gather as much information as ...