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New Nigerian President Looks to Shrink Government - Wall Street Journal

1 hour 49 min ago

Wall Street Journal

New Nigerian President Looks to Shrink Government
Wall Street Journal
Nigeria's new president is considering an overhaul of the way Africa's top economy governs itself, weighing options that include eliminating ministries, reconfiguring the state-owned oil company, and removing a multibillion-dollar gasoline subsidy. The ...

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Inside America's secretive biolabs - USA TODAY

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Inside America's secretive biolabs
USA TODAY
Vials of bioterror bacteria have gone missing. Lab mice infected with deadly viruses have escaped, and wild rodents have been found making nests with research waste. Cattle infected in a university's vaccine experiments were repeatedly sent to ...

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Why Disney's “first African princess” is the spirit animal for global white ... - Salon

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Salon

Why Disney's “first African princess” is the spirit animal for global white ...
Salon
She's not African, either. Nor is she even a princess. She's just Emily Heaton, of Virginia. Granted, she is adorable, and seven years old; so I hate to say this, but she's also an entitled brat with a rich, spineless dad. She is the spirit animal for ...

Photos: 'Dementor' Wasps, Fanged Bats & Other Bizarre Species of the Greater ... - Live Science

7 hours 25 min ago

Western Morning News

Photos: 'Dementor' Wasps, Fanged Bats & Other Bizarre Species of the Greater ...
Live Science
These orchids are so rare that the scientists credited with discovering them considered not publishing their findings, lest they draw the attention of rare plant collectors. The researchers ultimately decided to make their findings public in order to ...
Harry Potter wasp, Gremlin bat and two-foot stick insect among species ...BT.com
Thorny frog and dementor wasp among new species discovered in MekongThe Guardian
Dementor wasps and giant stick insects among newly discovered species of ...Western Morning News

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The Human Family Tree Bristles With New Branches - New York Times

7 hours 46 min ago

New York Times

The Human Family Tree Bristles With New Branches
New York Times
For scientists who study human evolution, the last few months have been a whirlwind. Every couple of weeks, it seems, another team pulls back the curtain on newly discovered bones or stone tools, prompting researchers to rethink what we know about ...
New human ancestor was Lucy's cousin and neighborScience /AAAS
Newfound human ancestor may have lived alongside LucyCBS News
Australopithecus Deyiremeda: New Human Ancestor In EthiopiaScience 2.0
Gazette Herald
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Major Airlines Ban Animal Cargo - Council on Foreign Relations (blog)

8 hours 38 min ago

Council on Foreign Relations (blog)

Major Airlines Ban Animal Cargo
Council on Foreign Relations (blog)
This is a guest post by Allen Grane, research associate for the Council on Foreign Relations Africa Studies program. In April, South African Airways (SAA) announced that SAA Cargo, the company's airfreight division, would no longer transport hunting ...

Expedition Launched to Save Africa's Largest Wetland - National Geographic

9 hours 50 min ago

National Geographic

Expedition Launched to Save Africa's Largest Wetland
National Geographic
Those trees are the reason the Okavango Delta exists. Rainwater percolating into the ground among the trees, rather than evaporating off bare dirt, emerges as a spring about the size of a swimming pool, which feeds a lake just over a mile long. From ...
'No wilder place on Earth': explorers tackle the full Okavango DeltaThe Guardian

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Uncovering diversity in an invisible ocean world - Phys.Org

Wed, 2015-05-27 11:50

Phys.Org

Uncovering diversity in an invisible ocean world
Phys.Org
Tara Oceans, an international consortium of researchers from MIT and elsewhere that has been exploring the world's oceans in hopes of learning more about one of its smallest inhabitants, reported their initial findings this week in a special issue of ...
Hidden life of the ocean revealed in new giant surveyCNET

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Award-winning biologist offers fresh hope for species resurrection - Haaretz

Wed, 2015-05-27 10:46

Haaretz

Award-winning biologist offers fresh hope for species resurrection
Haaretz
Through genetic sequencing, futuristic but foreseeable genetic editing technologies and an enormous amount of work, extinct animals could even be resurrected, according to bioinformatics expert David Haussler, one of whose missions is to collect and ...

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America lost the Cold War: Russia, China and the new autocratic world order - Salon

Wed, 2015-05-27 08:47

Salon

America lost the Cold War: Russia, China and the new autocratic world order
Salon
Some social scientists in the Cold War period looked at Communism and capitalism in much the same way that evolutionary biologists view the bat and the whale. Both systems, while structurally different, were struggling to adapt to the same ...

Warmest year on record as 2015 starts at record high, warn climate scientists - Daily Mail

Wed, 2015-05-27 07:45

Daily Mail

Warmest year on record as 2015 starts at record high, warn climate scientists
Daily Mail
The weed is a far more potent allergy trigger than grass and experts fear it could pose a serious public health problem if it becomes established. Scientists writing in the journal Nature Climate Change found that predicted levels of global warming ...
Warmest year on record as 2015 starts at record high, warn climate scientists ...Gazette Herald

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Is it time that chimps are given legal rights? What about elephants, dolphins ... - Telegraph.co.uk

Wed, 2015-05-27 07:00

Telegraph.co.uk

Is it time that chimps are given legal rights? What about elephants, dolphins ...
Telegraph.co.uk
Specifically, the right to liberty – or “bodily freedom” – ie not to be stuck in a cage, or a science lab. ... The Nonhuman Rights Project says only animals who demonstrate “clear scientific evidence of complex cognitive abilities [such] as self ...

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Ebola teaches tough lessons about rapid research - Nature.com

Wed, 2015-05-27 07:00

Nature.com

Ebola teaches tough lessons about rapid research
Nature.com
“Everyone is delighted that we are going to no cases,” says the World Health Organization's (WHO) assistant director-general Marie-Paule Kieny, “but research and development is too late by a factor of months. We need to see what can be done in order to ...
The Ebola outbreak highlights shortcomings in disease surveillance and ...Medical Xpress

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Why We Must Give Apes the Right to Bodily Liberty - Wired

Tue, 2015-05-26 18:49

Wired

Why We Must Give Apes the Right to Bodily Liberty
Wired
As abundant, robust scientific studies of these animals have demonstrated, members of these species possess a powerful sense of autonomy; they live their lives not according to reflexes or innate behaviors but make choices and pursue actions based on ...

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Dust, TB and HIV: the ugly face of mining in South Africa - The Guardian

Tue, 2015-05-26 05:00

The Guardian

Dust, TB and HIV: the ugly face of mining in South Africa
The Guardian
Two of the greatest philanthropic organisations in the world, responsible for saving countless lives through scientific research and healthcare programmes, are heavily invested in fossil fuel industries that have profound impacts on the health of local ...

How Far Can a Dandelion Seed Fly? Ask a Native American - Indian Country Today Media Network

Tue, 2015-05-26 04:19

How Far Can a Dandelion Seed Fly? Ask a Native American
Indian Country Today Media Network
There are plenty of songs and stories sung and told from Grandma, Mother and Auntie to their Daughters as they use a digging stick to collect the delicious and medicinally important plant. I have heard many stories about the Indigenous ... No matter ...

Your microbiome becomes you - Salisbury Post

Tue, 2015-05-26 04:08

Salisbury Post

Your microbiome becomes you
Salisbury Post
A recent article in Scientific American on the gut microbiome pushed me to write this piece because the future of health is shifting at a rapid pace based on this research and most Americans are oblivious to this reality. For the past few decades ...

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Hidden life of the ocean revealed in new giant survey - CNET

Tue, 2015-05-26 03:22

CNET

Hidden life of the ocean revealed in new giant survey
CNET
In a special issue of Science magazine released last Friday, an international, interdisciplinary team of 160 scientists has published a series of papers detailing the findings of the Tara expedition. ... collaborative work with the Tara Expéditions ...

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Tree growth patterns changing amid increase in carbon dioxide - The Australian

Mon, 2015-05-25 20:05

Tree growth patterns changing amid increase in carbon dioxide
The Australian
The latest study, conducted by researchers from the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis in Tennessee and Princeton University, says increased concentrations of CO2 and changing rainfall patterns are creating novel environments ...

The last thing Africa needs to be debating is GMOs - Washington Post

Mon, 2015-05-25 11:01

The last thing Africa needs to be debating is GMOs
Washington Post
For DeVries, a plant scientist by training, “it's a period where agricultural productivity shifts upward.” AGRA isn't trying to deliver American-style agriculture to Africa but to bring the basics to a place that has largely not seen their benefit. “By ...