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How you can help rescue wolves, toucans and other wildlife -- and also see the ... - Los Angeles Times

Sat, 2015-08-29 15:02

Los Angeles Times

How you can help rescue wolves, toucans and other wildlife -- and also see the ...
Los Angeles Times
Animals melt our hearts, especially when they're in distress, but after a tear or two, then what? Taking action that allows us to shake off that helpless feeling and turn our angst into action can be both life-changing and life-affirming. Here are ...

Climate Change and Nuclear Power: You Don't Cure the Plague by Spreading ... - Center for Research on Globalization

Sat, 2015-08-29 13:29

Climate Change and Nuclear Power: You Don't Cure the Plague by Spreading ...
Center for Research on Globalization
So the « fossil fuels » are called « fossil » not because they result from the decomposition of plants, but because they are produced from materials extracted from the ground – where they exist in limited quantities« unlike renewable energies » as the ...

UPDATED: Africa had a big China party and the hangover is going to continue ... - Mail & Guardian Africa

Sat, 2015-08-29 06:11

Mail & Guardian Africa

UPDATED: Africa had a big China party and the hangover is going to continue ...
Mail & Guardian Africa
From power plants in Botswana to diamond mines in Zimbabwe—and a spate of shiny sports stadiums—Africa counted on China for investment, infrastructure and jobs. Beijing even built the $200 million African Union headquarters in the Ethiopian capital ...

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Experts debate fate of African penguin - Press Herald

Sat, 2015-08-29 01:14

Press Herald

Experts debate fate of African penguin
Press Herald
Reasons for declines include sea temperature change causing shifts in forage fish, predators, disease, fishing and toxic algae. Both fisheries scientists and bird specialists agree that the decline of the African penguin began around 2004 with a ...
Popular penguins perish as South African scientists squabbleMLive.com
Why are the African penguins disappearing? Scientists don't know whyMorning Ticker
Scientists squabble while Africa's only penguins perishWRAL.com
LA Daily News
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Absurd Creature of the Week: Um, This Leech Feeds on Hippo Rectums - Wired

Fri, 2015-08-28 13:03

Wired

Absurd Creature of the Week: Um, This Leech Feeds on Hippo Rectums
Wired
The year was 2003, and Mark Siddall was in South Africa a-hunting the elusive hippo butt leech. This was a ... Well, in the animal kingdom, if a creature can exploit a niche others cannot, it has a huge advantage—a monopoly really. ... Big thanks to ...

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Popular penguins perish as South African scientists squabble - MLive.com

Fri, 2015-08-28 10:54

MLive.com

Popular penguins perish as South African scientists squabble
MLive.com
The penguins on South Africa's west coast are a big tourist attraction, but their numbers have declined and scientists are still debating whether fishing has helped push the species to the brink of extinction. (AP Photo/Schalk van ... Recently, a team ...
Scientists squabble while Africa's only penguins perishWRAL.com
South Africa's cute little penguins -- can scientists save them?LA Daily News

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Air Pollution Levels in West Africa Reaching Dangerously High Levels | The ... - The Weather Channel

Fri, 2015-08-28 02:32

The Weather Channel

Air Pollution Levels in West Africa Reaching Dangerously High Levels | The ...
The Weather Channel
Anthropogenic emissions, which are those caused by human activity, have been projected to double and maybe even quadruple by 2030 in West Africa, particularly in cities along the Guinea Coast. As much as 94 percent of Nigeria's population is exposed to ...
We can't ignore the air pollution crisis in Africa's fast-growing megacitiesCityMetric

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Feature: Why big societies need big gods - Science Now

Thu, 2015-08-27 18:20

Science Now

Feature: Why big societies need big gods
Science Now
To crack the mystery of why and how people around the world came to believe in moralizing gods, researchers are using a novel tool in religious studies: the scientific method. By combining laboratory experiments, cross-cultural fieldwork, and ... For ...

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Clemson scientist chasing invasive plant around the world - SCNow

Thu, 2015-08-27 18:15

SCNow

Clemson scientist chasing invasive plant around the world
SCNow
However, starting more than a century ago, Clidemia hirta began an insidious migration across non-native areas, including parts of Asia, Africa, Australia and many islands in the Indian and Pacific oceans. In those places, the plant does proliferate in ...

South African prototype may solve solar power problem - U.S. News & World Report

Thu, 2015-08-27 15:46

The Green Optimistic (blog)

South African prototype may solve solar power problem
U.S. News & World Report
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — By thinking small, a group of South African scientists may have pioneered solar technology that has stumped Internet giant Google. The Helio100 project, based at Stellenbosch University in the Western Cape province, is a ...
Has South African team solved solar tech that has stumped Google?San Jose Mercury News
South African research team develops concentrated solar power systemSouth Africa.info
How Solar Power Could Be Cheaper Than Diesel in AfricaThe Green Optimistic (blog)

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Scientists squabble while Africa's only penguins perish - U.S. News & World Report

Thu, 2015-08-27 15:05

U.S. News & World Report

Scientists squabble while Africa's only penguins perish
U.S. News & World Report
The penguins on South Africa's west coast are a big tourist attraction, but their numbers have declined and scientists are still debating whether fishing has helped push the species to the brink of extinction. (AP Photo/Schalk van ... Recently, a team ...
South Africa's cute little penguins -- can scientists save them?LA Daily News

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This Is What The World Would Be Like If Humans Had Never Existed - Huffington Post

Thu, 2015-08-27 14:33

Science News (blog)

This Is What The World Would Be Like If Humans Had Never Existed
Huffington Post
"The study shows that large parts of the world would harbor rich large mammal faunas, as diverse as seen in protected areas of eastern and southern Africa today, if it was not for historic and prehistoric human-driven range losses and extinctions," Dr ...
A world of mammal diversity has been lost because of humansScience News (blog)

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Beliefs about global warming vary by country - Science News for Students

Thu, 2015-08-27 11:07

Science News for Students

Beliefs about global warming vary by country
Science News for Students
A group of scientists has now analyzed how people had responded to two of the questions: How much do you know about global warming, and how serious a threat does it pose to you and your family? And the responses, they report, were surprising.

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South African research team develops concentrated solar power system - South Africa.info

Wed, 2015-08-26 10:13

The Green Optimistic (blog)

South African research team develops concentrated solar power system
South Africa.info
The quest to harness an effective and operational system has preoccupied some the best science and technology minds in the world, including the Google RE The challenge with CSP systems is that they require large mirrors, called heliostats, across a ...
SA Solar Tech Scientists May Have Out-Pioneered Google By Building A Cheaper ...AFKInsider
South African prototype may solve solar power problemU.S. News & World Report
How Solar Power Could Be Cheaper Than Diesel in AfricaThe Green Optimistic (blog)

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West Africa's air pollution is reaching dangerously high levels—and we don't ... - Quartz

Tue, 2015-08-25 12:00

Quartz

West Africa's air pollution is reaching dangerously high levels—and we don't ...
Quartz
In Lagos, smog has quickly become another aspect of city life. In the city of more than 21 million people—known to some as “Africa's first city”—the majority of residents live near industrial plants, breathing in exhaust from thousands of cars and ...

Wildlife veterinarians work with African partners to protect gorillas - Phys.Org

Tue, 2015-08-25 11:30

Phys.Org

Wildlife veterinarians work with African partners to protect gorillas
Phys.Org
They treat gorillas' health problems, ward off poachers, conduct behavioral research and work with the locals to safeguard the animals and their habitats. "Because of the history of all those partners you can actually distinguish the gorillas in that ...

Cement Is New Oil as Africa's Richest Man Takes on Lafarge - Bloomberg

Tue, 2015-08-25 07:24

Bloomberg

Cement Is New Oil as Africa's Richest Man Takes on Lafarge
Bloomberg
“Dangote is rapidly expanding its footprint across sub-Saharan Africa,” said Pabina Yinkere, head of research at Lagos-based Vetiva Capital Management Ltd. “Many of the cement plants within the region are old and aging. Their efficiency has fallen, so ...

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Humans carry more antibiotic-resistant bacteria than animals they work with - Medical Xpress

Mon, 2015-08-24 19:50

Bovine Veterinarian

Humans carry more antibiotic-resistant bacteria than animals they work with
Medical Xpress
However, researchers investigating staphylococcal populations responsible for causing mastitis in dairy cows in South Africa found that humans carried more antibiotic-resistant staphylococci than the farm animals with which they worked. The research is ...
Researchers find that humans carry more antibiotic-resistant staphylococci ...News-Medical.net
Study: Farm workers carry more antibiotic-resistant bacteria than animalsBovine Veterinarian
Humans carry more superbugs than farm animals, says new studyEconomic Times

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Research Reveals What Animal World Would Look Like If Homo sapiens Never Existed - Sci-News.com

Mon, 2015-08-24 13:56

Sci-News.com

Research Reveals What Animal World Would Look Like If Homo sapiens Never Existed
Sci-News.com
“Most safaris today take place in Africa, but under natural circumstances, as many or even more large animals would no doubt have existed in other places, e.g. notably parts of the New World such as Texas and neighboring areas and the region around ...
Disturbing maps show how mankind has driven some of the world's largest ...Business Insider
Here's What Scientists Say Earth Would Have Looked Like Without HumansRYOT
Aarhus University reveal what the world would look like without humansDaily Mail

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Citizen science to study your dog, because your dog studies you - Phys.Org

Mon, 2015-08-24 13:30

Phys.Org

Citizen science to study your dog, because your dog studies you
Phys.Org
Our longstanding relationship with dogs has led researchers in animal behavior and comparative psychology find our loyal companions (Canis familiaris) to be an excellent subject for studies of the mind. Some animal ... People are invited to bring their ...

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