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Getting the Research Response to Hunger Right: Is It Our Last Shot? - Huffington Post

Fri, 2016-04-08 08:43

Huffington Post

Getting the Research Response to Hunger Right: Is It Our Last Shot?
Huffington Post
We know that agri-food science can play a major role in combatting some of the world's most pressing development challenges, from drought, to floods, to rapid population growth and urbanization. Improved crops, that ... A recent research report from ...

Research report covers the Small Animal Imaging (In Vivo) Market share and Growth, 2016-2026 - Medgadget.com (blog)

Fri, 2016-04-08 07:13

Research report covers the Small Animal Imaging (In Vivo) Market share and Growth, 2016-2026
Medgadget.com (blog)
Future-Market-Insights119 Small animal imaging (In vivo) is a technique used for imaging biological processes in living animals which shows the changes in cellular activity to study the effect of drugs and disease progression. Small animal imaging is ...

Cute baby Southern White Rhino relaxes with mother at San Diego Zoo Safari Park - FOX 11 Los Angeles

Fri, 2016-04-08 03:29

FOX 11 Los Angeles

Cute baby Southern White Rhino relaxes with mother at San Diego Zoo Safari Park
FOX 11 Los Angeles
While all births of healthy rhinos are significant, researchers at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research are optimistic this calf's birth may be the result of a recent change in the southern white rhinoceros diet. ... Christopher Tubbs ...

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Saving African rhinos from poachers by flying them to Australia - Tyler Morning Telegraph

Fri, 2016-04-08 00:13

Saving African rhinos from poachers by flying them to Australia
Tyler Morning Telegraph
This is how bad rhinoceros poaching has gotten in Africa: Increasingly, people who want to prevent the animals' extinction are relying on airlifts to save them. The World Wildlife Fund suspends critically endangered black rhinos by their feet from ...

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Lessons from Herakles: sorting out a road map for palm oil in Africa - Mongabay.com

Thu, 2016-04-07 23:39

Mongabay.com

Lessons from Herakles: sorting out a road map for palm oil in Africa
Mongabay.com
Lessons from Herakles: sorting out a road map for palm oil in Africa ... There are signs that oil palm, currently expanding at an unprecedented clip in Africa, is making headway toward a compromise. ... assessment], no [free, prior and informed consent ...

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Karoo Uranium, Fossil Energy Development Defies Water Scarcity and Reason - Circle of Blue WaterNews

Thu, 2016-04-07 21:46

Circle of Blue WaterNews

Karoo Uranium, Fossil Energy Development Defies Water Scarcity and Reason
Circle of Blue WaterNews
GRAAFF-REINET, South Africa-– A contentious idea to use billions of gallons of scarce water to develop natural gas brought Stefan Cramer, a respected German-trained groundwater scientist, to settle in a 19th-century cottage with stucco walls and a ...

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Researchers: S. America Prehistoric Population Surged, Crashed, Then Stabilized - Voice of America

Thu, 2016-04-07 17:43

Voice of America

Researchers: S. America Prehistoric Population Surged, Crashed, Then Stabilized
Voice of America
... with domesticated crops and animals. Those are the findings of research published Wednesday in the journal Nature that provides the most comprehensive look to date at the peopling of South America, the last habitable continent colonized by humankind.

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Africa's Traditional Crops Under Threat as Big Ag, Gates Foundation "Donate" GMO Technology - Truth-Out

Thu, 2016-04-07 15:03

Truth-Out

Africa's Traditional Crops Under Threat as Big Ag, Gates Foundation "Donate" GMO Technology
Truth-Out
The report, For your own good!, also warns that GMO companies are currently conducting R&D on the genetic modification of staple African crops such as cassava, sorghum, sweet potato, pigeon pea, cowpea, banana and rice. The report says ... According to ...

Using tiny predators to tackle agricultural pests - BBC News

Wed, 2016-04-06 23:17

BBC News

Using tiny predators to tackle agricultural pests
BBC News
Amblyseius cucumeris may have a posh name, but it is a total thug. A tiny mite, just 0.5mm long, it is a fearsome predator. It eats a type of insect called thrips. These are small winged insects that generally feed on plants. Thrips are a major ...

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Hannibal's Famous Alps Crossing Revealed By Ancient Animal Poop - Popular Science

Wed, 2016-04-06 21:48

Popular Science

Hannibal's Famous Alps Crossing Revealed By Ancient Animal Poop
Popular Science
In 218 BCE, the legendary general Hannibal led his army of Carthaginians (an ancient hellenistic empire of Northern Africa) through Spain, over the frostbitten crags of the Alps, and sweeping down into Italy from the North bringing the Roman Empire to ...
The truth about Hannibal's route across the AlpsThe Guardian

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Southern white rhino gives birth to calf for first time in 10 years at San Diego Zoo - New York Daily News

Wed, 2016-04-06 16:58

New York Daily News

Southern white rhino gives birth to calf for first time in 10 years at San Diego Zoo
New York Daily News
It's a boy! A Southern white rhino named Holly gave birth to her first calf in 10 years on Sunday at the San Diego Zoo. The adorable baby is the 95th rhino born at the Southern California zoo, but this specific species has experienced difficulties ...
Rhino Revelation: Diet Change Credited for Birth of Safari Park CalfTimes of San Diego

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Species Fate at Stake as South Africa Considers Rhino Horn Trade - Scientific American

Wed, 2016-04-06 15:47

Scientific American

Species Fate at Stake as South Africa Considers Rhino Horn Trade
Scientific American
A record 1,305 of the animals were illegally killed in Africa last year. Buying and selling rhino horn internationally was banned in 1977. But opponents of that ban say that, as rhinoceros' horns grow back if cut from a living animal, a properly ...
One man's wild idea for saving rhinos: Airlifting them to AustraliaWashington Post
A species' fate and $2 bln at stake as South Africa mulls rhino horn tradePhilly.com
Project Aims To Airlift 80 Rhinos From South Africa To AustraliaHuffington Post Australia

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Rare species are even more important than originally believed, according to new research - FIU News

Wed, 2016-04-06 15:32

FIU News

Rare species are even more important than originally believed, according to new research
FIU News
The world's rarest species — both plants and animals — contribute disproportionally to the ecosystems where they reside, according to research published this week. This new information is changing how scientists view rare species, many of which are ...

Africa's Traditional Crops Under Threat as Big Ag, Gates Foundation 'Donate' GMO Technology - EcoWatch

Wed, 2016-04-06 14:03

EcoWatch

Africa's Traditional Crops Under Threat as Big Ag, Gates Foundation 'Donate' GMO Technology
EcoWatch
The report, For your own good!, also warns that GMO companies are currently conducting R&D on the genetic modification of staple African crops such as cassava, sorghum, sweet potato, pigeon pea, cowpea, banana and rice. The report says ... According to ...

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Therapsids adapted to drastic climate change by having shorter life expectancies - EurekAlert (press release)

Wed, 2016-04-06 12:37

Nature.com

Therapsids adapted to drastic climate change by having shorter life expectancies
EurekAlert (press release)
In a new study published today, 5 April 2016, in Scientific Reports, palaeontologists from the National Museum, Bloemfontein - a partner of the DST/NRF Centre of Excellence in Palaeosciences, seated at the University of the Witwatersrand in ...
Two Strategies to Surviving the Coming Mass ExtinctionMotherboard
Breeding Young as a Survival Strategy during Earth's Greatest Mass ExtinctionNature.com
How to Survive Extinction: Live Fast, Die YoungNewswise (press release)
Phys.Org
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Malawi in brave move to cultivate hemp; wonder plant promises to be a hot commodity - Mail & Guardian Africa

Wed, 2016-04-06 11:44

Mail & Guardian Africa

Malawi in brave move to cultivate hemp; wonder plant promises to be a hot commodity
Mail & Guardian Africa
THE Malawian government has taken a bold step in Africa and is testing the idea of industrial hemp production in the country. It's only the second country in Africa to ever do so. Growing hemp has created contentious debate in Africa where many ...

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Ancient horse dung helps researchers find Hannibal's path across the Alps and into Rome - ZME Science

Wed, 2016-04-06 10:22

RedOrbit

Ancient horse dung helps researchers find Hannibal's path across the Alps and into Rome
ZME Science
The exact path Hannibal took in this epic voyage across the Alps has been a matter of debate among scholars, but now scientists think they've finally found it by following some unlikely bread crumbs: ancient horse dung still teeming with preserved ...
Scientists uncover Hannibal's route through the Alps using horse dungRedOrbit
The truth about Hannibal's route across the AlpsThe Guardian
How Hannibal crossed the Alps mapped thanks to animal manureMarket Business News

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Asia Minute: Science Fighting Ivory Smuggling in Thailand - Hawaiipublicradio

Wed, 2016-04-06 05:45

Hawaiipublicradio

Asia Minute: Science Fighting Ivory Smuggling in Thailand
Hawaiipublicradio
A bit of detective work then sent authorities elsewhere in Africa to a location where another 12,000 pounds of tusks were waiting to be shipped to Thailand—which is a popular destination for smuggled ivory. Domesticated ... Under Thai law, it is legal ...

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Trump: New Ford Mexican plant 'disgrace' - The Detroit News

Tue, 2016-04-05 21:52

The Detroit News

Trump: New Ford Mexican plant 'disgrace'
The Detroit News
The billionaire businessman has singled out the automaker for months on the campaign trail for its investments in Mexico, after Ford announced last year it would invest $2.5 billion in engine and transmission plants there. Shortly after declaring his ...

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The future of reality TV: actors pretending to be dead relatives - Telegraph.co.uk

Tue, 2016-04-05 14:49

Telegraph.co.uk

The future of reality TV: actors pretending to be dead relatives
Telegraph.co.uk
If you thought reality TV had already scraped the bottom of the barrel, think again. A new TV show about resurrecting the dead is one of the programmes being premiered this week at the world's biggest TV market in Cannes. On display at TV trade fair ...