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Sunday, April 20 2014 06:24 AM - Stow Sentry

7 hours 46 min ago

Sunday, April 20 2014 06:24 AM
Stow Sentry
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Political and military elites are seizing protected areas in one of Africa's last bastions for elephants, putting broad swaths of Zimbabwe at risk of becoming fronts for ivory poaching, according to a nonprofit research group's ...

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Ancient Soil Found Under Greenland Ice Sheet Dates Back 2.7 Million Years - Huffington Post

8 hours 39 min ago

Economic Times

Ancient Soil Found Under Greenland Ice Sheet Dates Back 2.7 Million Years
Huffington Post
"Now we know that it's unlikely the ice sheet has disappeared for significant periods of time in the last 3 million years, at least at this one pinprick on this big island," Bierman told Live Science. "Now human activity may spell the end of it." New ...
Ancient soil provides clue to Greenland's green pastChristian Science Monitor
2.7-million-year-old soil found under Greenland ice sheetMother Nature Network
2.7 Million-Year-Old Soil Found Deep Beneath Greenland's IceNBCNews.com

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Africa land grabs endanger elephants - Fox News

9 hours 7 min ago

Africa land grabs endanger elephants
Fox News
WASHINGTON – Political and military elites are seizing protected areas in one of Africa's last bastions for elephants, putting broad swaths of Zimbabwe at risk of becoming fronts for ivory poaching, according to a nonprofit research group's report that ...

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Wheat rust: The fungal disease that threatens to destroy the world crop - Times of India

10 hours 14 min ago

Times of India

Wheat rust: The fungal disease that threatens to destroy the world crop
Times of India
Wheat rust, a devastating disease known as the "polio of agriculture", has spread from Africa to South and Central Asia, the Middle East and Europe, with calamitous losses for the world's second most important grain crop, after rice. There is ... The ...

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APNewsBreak: Land grabs in 1 of Africa's last elephant bastions puts herds in ... - Minneapolis Star Tribune

13 hours 38 min ago

APNewsBreak: Land grabs in 1 of Africa's last elephant bastions puts herds in ...
Minneapolis Star Tribune
WASHINGTON — Political and military elites are seizing protected areas in one of Africa's last bastions for elephants, putting broad swaths of Zimbabwe at risk of becoming fronts for ivory poaching, according to a nonprofit research group's report ...

Funding CSIRO is vital if we want to future proof our world - Brisbane Times

17 hours 15 min ago

Funding CSIRO is vital if we want to future proof our world
Brisbane Times
Cutting our capacity for scientific research is like putting off going to the doctor to find out about that niggling pain, say Will Grant and Luke Menzies. The rumours circulating that CSIRO is resting on the chopping block should give all Australians ...

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Scientists claim to have found aphrodisiac properties in Himalayan plant - Daily Mail

Sat, 2014-04-19 15:29

Daily Mail

Scientists claim to have found aphrodisiac properties in Himalayan plant
Daily Mail
Native to North Africa and the Himalayan mountains in northwestern India, the plant has traditionally been used to boost sexual desire and to treat male sexual disorders. The plant, which can be taken as a tea, or in tablet, powder or oil format, is ...

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So This Is How They Do It! Zebras Getting Stripes - NPR (blog)

Sat, 2014-04-19 15:03

NPR (blog)

So This Is How They Do It! Zebras Getting Stripes
NPR (blog)
In Rudyard Kipling's version, a gray, horsey-looking beast went into "a great forest 'sclusively full of trees and bushes and stripy, speckly, patchy-batchy shadows," stayed there awhile, and after a "long time"... got stripy. OK. ... No molecular ...

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'Mummies of the World' come to WNY - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Sat, 2014-04-19 12:42

'Mummies of the World' come to WNY
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Entwining history, science and culture, "Mummies of the World" is a collection of 45 human and animal mummies, as well as associated objects and artifacts assembled from several institutions around the world. It also features mummies and artifacts ...

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India: Dehorning the Rhino - the Diplomat

Sat, 2014-04-19 02:45

the Diplomat

India: Dehorning the Rhino
the Diplomat
Nature's Beckon has denounced it as “conservation tactic without proper research” and warned that the practice of dehorning of rhinos may have “negative implications for the breeding of the animals. “As per the ... Though the evolutionary significance ...

'Carnivorous Ballet' Helps Cheetahs Coexist With Lions - Science Now

Fri, 2014-04-18 20:21

'Carnivorous Ballet' Helps Cheetahs Coexist With Lions
Science Now
Eventually, in 1992, the animals vanished from Serengeti National Park altogether, although small numbers persisted in lion-free areas outside the park's boundary. Biologists ... Scientists noted the same pattern in fenced reserves in southern Africa ...

East African honeybees are safe from invasive pests… for now - Eureka! Science News

Fri, 2014-04-18 17:26

RedOrbit

East African honeybees are safe from invasive pests… for now
Eureka! Science News
According to Harland Patch, research scientist in entomology, Penn State, not only are flowering plants important for honeybees, but the insects are important for plants as well. "Honeybees are pollinators of untold numbers of plants in every ecosystem ...
Invasive Pests Not Impacting East African Honeybees For NowRedOrbit
Honeybees in Kenya have Resilience to Diseases that Destroy Bees ElsewhereNature World News

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More questions than answers as mystery of domestication deepens - Washington University in St. Louis News

Fri, 2014-04-18 17:15

Washington University in St. Louis News

More questions than answers as mystery of domestication deepens
Washington University in St. Louis News
Washington University biologist Ken Olsen, who studies the genetic basis of evolution in plants, and archeologist Fiona Marshall, whose research focuses on animal domestication in Africa, enjoy an interdisciplinary chat. We all think we ... Of the 25 ...
Wild animals interbred with domesticated ones until recently: StudyZee News

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Invasive Pests Not Impacting East African Honeybees For Now - RedOrbit

Fri, 2014-04-18 16:01

RedOrbit

Invasive Pests Not Impacting East African Honeybees For Now
RedOrbit
Several parasites and pathogens that devastate honeybees in Europe, Asia and the United States are spreading across East Africa, but do not appear to be impacting native honeybee populations at this time, according to an international team of ...
East African honeybees are safe from invasive pests… for nowEureka! Science News
Honeybees in Kenya have Resilience to Diseases that Destroy Bees ElsewhereNature World News

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These Are Some of the Oldest Living Things on Earth - Wired

Fri, 2014-04-18 12:56

These Are Some of the Oldest Living Things on Earth
Wired
Animals sometimes sleep inside the hollows of giant 2,000-year old baobab trees in South Africa. Humans too, sometimes use old trees, for more dubious purposes — a jail, a toilet, a pop-up bar — as photographer Rachel Sussman discovered when she ...

West African Ebola outbreak caused by new strain of virus - FRANCE 24

Fri, 2014-04-18 09:43

Cadillac News (subscription)

West African Ebola outbreak caused by new strain of virus
FRANCE 24
Ebola is endemic to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, South Sudan and Gabon, and scientists initially believed that Central Africa's Democratic Republic of Congo strain of the virus was responsible for the outbreak. Using analysis of blood from ...
Ebola virus in Africa outbreak is a new strainCadillac News (subscription)

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Kenyan Scholar Wins Global Award in UK - AllAfrica.com

Fri, 2014-04-18 09:31

Kenyan Scholar Wins Global Award in UK
AllAfrica.com
The academic won the award following her unique combination of science and social contribution in her search for practical solutions to Africa's double burden of malnutrition: under-nutrition and obesity, through sustainable production and utilisation ...

'You Must Have the Courage of Your Convictions': A Conversation With Jane ... - Pacific Standard

Thu, 2014-04-17 23:09

'You Must Have the Courage of Your Convictions': A Conversation With Jane ...
Pacific Standard
In the intervening years, her research on a community of chimpanzees in Tanzania revolutionized our understanding of these primates, our closest living relatives, and challenged deep-set ideas of what it means to be human. She then packed in her ...

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Jane Goodall Plants 'Seeds Of Hope' - WBUR

Thu, 2014-04-17 20:48

Jane Goodall Plants 'Seeds Of Hope'
WBUR
“Jane Goodall has written a book about plants? Surely not—isn't she the one who studied chimpanzees in Africa?” I can hear the comments. Indeed, I have been hearing them for the past couple of years as I collected information for this book. Of course ...

Nasa Helps Build Better Soybeans for a Hot, Dry, Hungry World - AllAfrica.com

Thu, 2014-04-17 15:45

Nasa Helps Build Better Soybeans for a Hot, Dry, Hungry World
AllAfrica.com
Africa: Nasa Helps Build Better Soybeans for a Hot, Dry, Hungry World. 16 April 2014. press release. Washington — A new study shows soybean plants can be redesigned to increase crop yields while requiring less water and helping to offset greenhouse ...