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In African 'fairy circles,' a template for nature's many patterns - ScienceBlog.com (blog)

Fri, 2017-01-20 16:00

ScienceBlog.com (blog)

In African 'fairy circles,' a template for nature's many patterns
ScienceBlog.com (blog)
Be it the Mima mounds of Washington state or the famous “fairy circles” of Namibia in southwestern Africa, people are captivated by the regular patterns of plant growth that blanket desert and grassland landscapes, often with mesmerizing consistency ...

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Another Explanation for Africa's Enigmatic Fairy Circles - The Scientist

Fri, 2017-01-20 14:39

The Scientist

Another Explanation for Africa's Enigmatic Fairy Circles
The Scientist
Another Explanation for Africa's Enigmatic Fairy Circles. Using simulations, scientists report that a mixture of termites and plant competition may be responsible for the strange patterns of earth surrounded by plants in the Namib desert. By Diana Kwon ...
The Mystery of African Desert 'Fairy Circles' Might Have Just Been SolvedSeeker
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Scientists Compare White Rhino Dung To Facebook Post - iTech Post

Fri, 2017-01-20 10:27

iTech Post

Scientists Compare White Rhino Dung To Facebook Post
iTech Post
Scientists are observing white rhinos in South Africa, and have found that the animals are using it as a social messaging board. ... But scientist begun to suspect that white rhino dung may actually play an important role in the animals' social ...

West Australian agricultural scientist wins prestigious TED fellowship - ABC Online

Fri, 2017-01-20 07:55

ABC Online

West Australian agricultural scientist wins prestigious TED fellowship
ABC Online
West Australian agricultural scientist wins prestigious TED fellowship. WA Country ... University of Western Australia (UWA) senior research fellow Laura Boykin received the honour for her efforts to stop whiteflies transmitting two diseases in East ...

Veterinary Activities including Veterinary Research in South Africa 2016 - PR Newswire (press release)

Thu, 2017-01-19 20:49

Veterinary Activities including Veterinary Research in South Africa 2016
PR Newswire (press release)
19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Veterinary Activities including Veterinary Research: Veterinarians play a critical role in treating diseases that pose a risk to animal and human health and thus the industry promotes food safety and food security which are so ...

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Veterinary Activities including Veterinary Research in South Africa 2016 - Yahoo Finance

Thu, 2017-01-19 20:48

Veterinary Activities including Veterinary Research in South Africa 2016
Yahoo Finance
19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Veterinary Activities including Veterinary Research: Veterinarians play a critical role in treating diseases that pose a risk to animal and human health and thus the industry promotes food safety and food security which are so ...

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Inside the global campaign to get rid of rabies - Science Magazine

Thu, 2017-01-19 14:01

Science Magazine

Inside the global campaign to get rid of rabies
Science Magazine
"It's the only way you're going to eliminate the problem," says Louise Taylor, scientific director of the Global Alliance for Rabies Control, an advocacy group based in Manhattan, Kansas. ... "In Africa, what's a dog? It's worth nothing," says Jens ...

The Mystery of African Desert 'Fairy Circles' Might Have Just Been Solved - Seeker

Wed, 2017-01-18 19:29

Seeker

The Mystery of African Desert 'Fairy Circles' Might Have Just Been Solved
Seeker
On Wednesday, a team of scientists from universities around the globe with expertise that ranges from plant biology to termite physiology and behavior to data gathering and analysis and modeling — brought together by a National Science Foundation ...
Finally, an explanation of strange African 'fairy circles'?U.S. News & World Report
Mysterious African Fairy Circles Explained By ScienceiTech Post
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Scientists Warn of 'Eleventh Hour' for Many Primate Species - TIME

Wed, 2017-01-18 19:05

TIME

Scientists Warn of 'Eleventh Hour' for Many Primate Species
TIME
Nearly two-thirds of primate species face the threat of extinction largely as a result of human actions that kill animals directly and destroy habitats, according to a new review from more than 30 leading primatologists. Researchers behind the paper ...
More than half of all apes, monkeys and other primates at risk of extinctionCNBC
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Over half of world's wild primate species face extinction, report ...The Guardian
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Animal behaviour Faecal odours act as rhino signals - Nature.com

Wed, 2017-01-18 18:20

Nature.com

Animal behaviour Faecal odours act as rhino signals
Nature.com
... University of KwaZulu-Natal in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, and her colleagues analysed odours from the faeces of more than 100 wild white rhinos (Ceratotherium simum) in South Africa. Distinct odour profiles were associated with animals' sex ...

Scientists discover that white rhino dung has a lot in common with a Facebook post - Reading Eagle

Wed, 2017-01-18 13:54

Scientists discover that white rhino dung has a lot in common with a Facebook post
Reading Eagle
Here's a social networking site you can find with your nose. Scientists studying the communal pooping areas of white rhinos in South Africa have found that the animals use them like social messaging boards — to leave notes about their status and to ...

Risk of tree species disappearing in central Africa 'a major concern,' say researchers - Science Daily

Tue, 2017-01-17 19:10

Science Daily

Risk of tree species disappearing in central Africa 'a major concern,' say researchers
Science Daily
"Populations of light-demanding trees that dominate the canopy of central African forests are currently aging. With previous studies showing that few young trees are growing to replace them, they are likely to disappear if the forests are not properly ...

Climate policies alone will not save Earth's most diverse tropical forests - Science Daily

Tue, 2017-01-17 14:20

Science Daily

Climate policies alone will not save Earth's most diverse tropical forests
Science Daily
Many countries have climate-protection policies designed to conserve tropical forests to keep their carbon locked up in trees. But the new study suggests these policies could miss some of the most diverse forests because there is no clear connection ...

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The Trauma of Saving Animals - Scientific American

Tue, 2017-01-17 14:11

Scientific American

The Trauma of Saving Animals
Scientific American
Poachers across Africa killed more than 24,000 elephants and 1,300 rhinos in 2015 alone—but animals are not the only victims of the illegal wildlife trade. An estimated 1,000 rangers have been killed in the line of duty over the past decade, and that ...

Here are answers to Donald Trump's many dubious questions about Africa - Quartz

Tue, 2017-01-17 10:01

Here are answers to Donald Trump's many dubious questions about Africa
Quartz
Donald Trump's transition team has sent the State Department four pages of questions about Africa that reveal an administration deeply skeptical of Africa's place in US foreign policy. Throughout the queries, obtained by the New York Times, Trump's ...

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Climate policies alone will not save Earth's most diverse tropical forests - Phys.Org

Tue, 2017-01-17 09:59

Phys.Org

Climate policies alone will not save Earth's most diverse tropical forests
Phys.Org
Many countries have climate-protection policies designed to conserve tropical forests to keep their carbon locked up in trees. But the new study suggests these policies could miss some of the most diverse forests because there is no clear connection ...

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A lifetime in the field - CNN

Tue, 2017-01-17 09:01

CNN

A lifetime in the field
CNN
(CNN) In the not too distant past, scientists refused to believe humans shared behavioral traits with other species. Despite accepting the work of Darwin a century before, it was thought a sharp line divided us from the animal kingdom. Personality and ...

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Risk of tree species disappearing in central Africa 'a major concern ... - Phys.Org

Tue, 2017-01-17 08:51

Phys.Org

Risk of tree species disappearing in central Africa 'a major concern ...
Phys.Org
Human disturbance may often be criticised for harming the environment, but new research suggests a persistent lack of human attention in the central African ...

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New exhibit to open at Children's Museum - Rocky Mount Telegram

Mon, 2017-01-16 05:05

Rocky Mount Telegram

New exhibit to open at Children's Museum
Rocky Mount Telegram
The new exhibit is one of the biggest exhibits the center has ever hosted, said Children's Museum and Science Center Curator of Education Leigh White. “It is a close second to the Inside Africa exhibit the center hosted in 2009 in terms of its size ...