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Researchers study rare apes in unique Iowa facility - KCRG

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KCRG

Researchers study rare apes in unique Iowa facility
KCRG
Typically you'd find the endangered great apes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a country in Central Africa. ... Researchers said it's the only research facility in Northern America that houses and studies bonobos, while the rest are in zoos ...

African jawbone discovery pushes birth of humanity back by 400000 years - The Independent

Wed, 2015-03-04 18:06

The Independent

African jawbone discovery pushes birth of humanity back by 400000 years
The Independent
The incomplete mandible with teeth was found by graduate student Chalachew Seyoum of the Authority for Research and Conservation of Cultural Heritage in Addis Ababa, who made the discovery while surveying a hill in the Ledi-Geraru area of the Afar ...
'First human' discovered in EthiopiaBBC News
Jaw fossil shows climate change shaped human evolution, researchers sayThe Seattle Times
Earliest Human Species Possibly Found in EthiopiaLive Science
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Focus on food - Harvard Gazette

Wed, 2015-03-04 17:52

Harvard Gazette

Focus on food
Harvard Gazette
Samuel Myers, a senior research scientist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, followed Schrag by highlighting how rising concentrations of carbon dioxide and declines in global pollinators and wildlife population are affecting nutrition ...

Human Price of Forest Destruction Paid in Plague - Scientific American

Wed, 2015-03-04 15:23

Human Price of Forest Destruction Paid in Plague
Scientific American
Of the various rodent species captured, the common African rat (Mastomys natalensis) was 20 times more prevalent on agricultural land than in conserved areas, and about three-quarters of the rats tested positive for the plague. This rat has ... In a ...
A new price to pay for destruction of forests: a resurgence of the plagueEnvironment & Energy Publishing

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Q&A: A plant lab in the palm of your hand - SciDev.Net

Wed, 2015-03-04 15:18

Q&A: A plant lab in the palm of your hand
SciDev.Net
We [the founders] went to a conference in Japan, where we met a plant science professor from Africa. Our main founder David Kramer had developed a benchtop plant research facility for about US$20,000. The African partner said he wanted to have one of ...

Ethiopia, Long Mired in Poverty, Rides an Economic Boom - New York Times

Wed, 2015-03-04 04:10

New York Times

Ethiopia, Long Mired in Poverty, Rides an Economic Boom
New York Times
“The idea is a state with a sense of mission,” said Dereje Feyissa Dori, Africa research director at the International Law and Policy Institute, who is based in Addis Ababa. “It is building capitalism from above.” Following the examples of countries ...

Cleveland Museum of Art corrects a case of mistaken cultural identity in ... - cleveland.com

Wed, 2015-03-04 00:59

cleveland.com

Cleveland Museum of Art corrects a case of mistaken cultural identity in ...
cleveland.com
This is the Helmet Mask, wood. Unidentified Artist. From the collection of Guy Laliberte, Canada. The new Cleveland Museum of Art exhibit 'Senufo: Art and Identity in West Africa' gathers more than 150 African sculptures from the past 200 years in an ...

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Innovative Anti-poaching in Africa - Council on Foreign Relations (blog)

Tue, 2015-03-03 22:13

Council on Foreign Relations (blog)

Innovative Anti-poaching in Africa
Council on Foreign Relations (blog)
From South Africa's difficulty tackling rhino poaching to Zimbabwe's sale of baby elephants to foreign countries, it often seems that African governments are either ill equipped to protect their animal populations or simply don't care—or worse ...

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Cannabis: what's in a name? - The Guardian

Tue, 2015-03-03 21:44

The Guardian

Cannabis: what's in a name?
The Guardian
It usually comes from northern Africa where growers are more interested in getting a greater quantity of big cannabis flowers, meaning they do not discriminate based on THC potency and instead save the seeds from plants which made the biggest buds.

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The world's most trafficked animal: the pangolin - ZME Science

Tue, 2015-03-03 16:48

ZME Science

The world's most trafficked animal: the pangolin
ZME Science
The pangolin is believed to be the most illegally trafficked animal in the world. According to highly conservative estimates, some 10,000 pangolins are trafficked illegally each year, most taken from Africa, on route to South-East Asia. The true number ...

Yields of key cassava crop not keeping pace with Africa population growth - Business Insider

Tue, 2015-03-03 14:20

Business Insider

Yields of key cassava crop not keeping pace with Africa population growth
Business Insider
ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Yields of cassava, a key crop feeding millions of people across Africa, are not keeping pace with population growth despite its tolerance for climate change, a leading scientist said. More than half the world's ...

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Deforestation could shift monsoons, leaving India high and dry: IISC researchers - Daily News & Analysis

Tue, 2015-03-03 04:01

Daily News & Analysis

Deforestation could shift monsoons, leaving India high and dry: IISC researchers
Daily News & Analysis
Large-scale deforestation could cause monsoon rains to shift south, cutting rainfall in India by nearly a fifth, scientists say. Deforestation has long been known to cause temperature increases in local areas, but new research published on Tuesday ...
Deforestation could shift monsoons, leaving India high and dryTown Hall
Deforestation could cause India droughtwww.worldbulletin.net

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Termites: Guardians of the Soil - New York Times

Tue, 2015-03-03 01:24

New York Times

Termites: Guardians of the Soil
New York Times
As scientists are just beginning to appreciate, termites and the often elaborate habitats they construct are crucial to the health and robustness of a broad array of ecosystems: deserts and semideserts; tropical and subtropical rain forests; warm ...

Can this company do better than the egg? - Washington Post

Mon, 2015-03-02 22:36

Can this company do better than the egg?
Washington Post
It's a top-secret plant protein prototype with three ingredients that these chefs and a crew of biochemists and data analysts are coaxing through the R&D phase before launching it as a food product. Dubbed Just Scramble, it's on schedule to debut in ...

Stages of design - Harvard Gazette

Mon, 2015-03-02 22:29

Harvard Gazette

Stages of design
Harvard Gazette
“We wanted to show the depth of research, and how it manifests itself in different media,” said Dan Borelli, GSD's director of exhibitions. The winning design looks like a robust succession of compact A-frames capable of withstanding the irregular ...

Two Strains of HIV Cut Vastly Different Paths - New York Times

Mon, 2015-03-02 20:05

New York Times

Two Strains of HIV Cut Vastly Different Paths
New York Times
Piece by piece, year after year, the scientists reconstructed its history. Their research slowly revealed that the virus did not make a single leap from animals, but several. On Monday, a team of researchers filled in the final gaps in the history. It ...
2 strains of HIV cut vastly different pathsThe Seattle Times
Researchers Just Filled A Major Gap In HIV's Evolutionary Historyio9
Half Of Human AIDS Came From GorillasTech Times

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Small, Sustainable Farmers Struggle Against Monsanto in Africa - SustainableBusiness.com

Mon, 2015-03-02 19:50

Small, Sustainable Farmers Struggle Against Monsanto in Africa
SustainableBusiness.com
Since the 1990s, three-quarters of the world's plant genetic diversity has been lost, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) because big agriculture has successfully convinced farmers to plant monocultures that consist ...

Glencore Faces Hit From 'Big Play' on Coal - Wall Street Journal

Sun, 2015-03-01 21:03

Wall Street Journal

Glencore Faces Hit From 'Big Play' on Coal
Wall Street Journal
U.S. demand is also waning as power plants shift to natural gas, and exports from coal-producing countries such as Russia, Colombia and Australia are on the rise, analysts say. Prices have fallen to near six-year lows, hovering between $60 and $65 a ...

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World Wildlife Day: Why We Need Wild Animals - Huffington Post

Sun, 2015-03-01 19:15

World Wildlife Day: Why We Need Wild Animals
Huffington Post
As science progresses we continue to draw inspiration from our wild relatives -- a bird's wing, a spider's web, the complex architecture of ants. Through biomimicry, the innovations of wildlife have allowed us to develop technology that improves our ...

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Fixing Outdated Guidelines For Human Vaccine Trials - Science 2.0

Sun, 2015-03-01 16:27

Science 2.0

Fixing Outdated Guidelines For Human Vaccine Trials
Science 2.0
The discovery raised major concerns. Scientists knew that SV40 caused cancer-like tumors in lab animals and human tissue. But they did not know how it affected living people. In 1963, scientists gathered in La Jolla, California to discuss the “safety ...

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