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Iconic boab trees trace journeys of ancient Aboriginal people - Phys.Org

Thu, 2015-04-09 12:00

Phys.Org

Iconic boab trees trace journeys of ancient Aboriginal people
Phys.Org
The Gondwana hypothesis was effectively tossed out by botanist David Baum, when he did a genetic analysis of baobab species from Africa, Madagascar, and Australia. He found that the three major branches separated just over 6 million years ago, long ...

Rocky Barker: Author David Quammen offers hope in the face of spillover ... - The Idaho Statesman

Thu, 2015-04-09 06:14

The Idaho Statesman

Rocky Barker: Author David Quammen offers hope in the face of spillover ...
The Idaho Statesman
When author David Quammen describes Americans' reaction to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, he could be talking about the national debt, climate change or immigration. “Too much fear. Too much selfish worry to look at the bigger picture,” Quammen ...

Circus elephant sanctuary 'like "Jurassic Park" with a happy ending,' owner says - WPTV.com

Thu, 2015-04-09 01:01

WPTV.com

Circus elephant sanctuary 'like "Jurassic Park" with a happy ending,' owner says
WPTV.com
The center is also focused on breeding the animals. Wendy Kiso, a research and conservation scientist, spends her days at an onsite lab, trying to figure out how to keep the species from going extinct. Part of her lab includes several tanks that "cryo ...

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Second-generation Ebola vaccines show promise in animal study - CIDRAP

Wed, 2015-04-08 23:27

CIDRAP

Second-generation Ebola vaccines show promise in animal study
CIDRAP
... and rash in a few participants, that are inherent in a live attenuated VSV vaccine. The UTMB-Profectus research team said early indications suggest that a further-attenuated VSV vaccine, with fewer safety concerns, may be more desirable for ...
Baltimore's Profectus marks key step in race for Ebola vaccineBaltimore Sun
2 New Ebola Vaccines Pass Important Early Test, Researchers SayNew York Times
Two New Ebola Vaccines Have Successfully Passed Critical TestsTech Times
TIME -Houston Chronicle -UPI.com
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Worm Lizards Floated Their Way Around the World - Newsweek

Wed, 2015-04-08 22:30

Newsweek

Worm Lizards Floated Their Way Around the World
Newsweek
Scientists looking into the creatures' evolutionary past found that these animals originated in North America and then, just after the mass extinction, spread to Europe. From there they also made their way to Africa, and then from Africa to South America.

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Study of African Birds Reveals Hotbed of Malaria Parasite Diversity - HealthCanal.com

Wed, 2015-04-08 21:21

Study of African Birds Reveals Hotbed of Malaria Parasite Diversity
HealthCanal.com
When you think of tropical biodiversity, you may picture flocks of colorful birds flitting through lush foliage—but what you are less likely to imagine is the plethora of parasites and pathogens pulsing through the bloodstreams of those birds. Among ...

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Giraffe to Give Birth at Dallas Zoo: Watch It Live Online - Live Science

Wed, 2015-04-08 20:11

Live Science

Giraffe to Give Birth at Dallas Zoo: Watch It Live Online
Live Science
Katie, a giraffe at the Dallas Zoo, is due to give birth any day now, and Animal Planet installed 10 cameras in the zoo's maternity barn to give at-home viewers a chance to witness the remarkable event and learn about the state of these animals in the ...

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Why male marathoners might be the best men around - Quartz

Wed, 2015-04-08 18:36

Quartz

Why male marathoners might be the best men around
Quartz
Long distance runners are hot—scientifically speaking. It's not just that running makes men fit and athletic: Long-distance running might be the mark, natural-selection-wise, of a high quality male, according to a new research, one that women would do ...

Sympathy for the Vulture - OnEarth Magazine

Wed, 2015-04-08 17:44

OnEarth Magazine

Sympathy for the Vulture
OnEarth Magazine
Some cultures believe the bird's relationship with death is so mystical that merely possessing a body part of the animals can grant a person the gift of clairvoyance. ... Last year, a team of scientists conducted a continent-wide review of the use of ...

Single-dose attenuated Vesiculovax vaccines protect primates against Ebola ... - Nature.com

Wed, 2015-04-08 17:06

Nature.com

Single-dose attenuated Vesiculovax vaccines protect primates against Ebola ...
Nature.com
During 2014 an unprecedented ZEBOV outbreak occurred in West Africa and is still ongoing, resulting in over 10,000 deaths, and causing global concern of uncontrolled disease. To meet this challenge a rapid-acting vaccine is needed. Many vaccine ...

Can the world economy survive without fossil fuels? - The Guardian

Wed, 2015-04-08 05:00

The Guardian

Can the world economy survive without fossil fuels?
The Guardian
The business-as-usual camp says that the scientific consensus is wrong about climate change, or that climate scientists have exaggerated the risks, which can be tackled if and when they become apparent. But Barack Obama does not think that way, and nor ...

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Cave crustaceans 'losing visual brain' - BBC News

Wed, 2015-04-08 01:38

BBC News

Cave crustaceans 'losing visual brain'
BBC News
A study of blind crustaceans living in deep, dark caves has revealed that evolution is rapidly withering the visual parts of their brain. The findings catch evolution in the act of making this adjustment - as none of the critters have eyes, but some of ...

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Shark attack research to test surfboard deterrent lights on decoy seals - The Guardian

Tue, 2015-04-07 22:52

The Guardian

Shark attack research to test surfboard deterrent lights on decoy seals
The Guardian
Dr Nathan Hart, from the University of Western Australia's Oceans Institute and school of animal biology, said it was accepted wisdom among surfers that sharks sometimes mistook them for seals, but there had been limited research to figure out why that ...

Man French Kisses Giraffe On 'Outrageous Acts Of Science' (VIDEO) - Huffington Post

Tue, 2015-04-07 22:07

Huffington Post

Man French Kisses Giraffe On 'Outrageous Acts Of Science' (VIDEO)
Huffington Post
The clip above from an upcoming episode of "Outrageous Acts Of Science" shows a zookeeper from the Out Of Africa park in Camp Verde Arizona, feeding a giraffe by holding a biscuit and getting Frenched and drenched by the animal's long dark and very ...

Texas hunter says he aims to save black rhinos by killing one in Namibia - ErieTVNews

Tue, 2015-04-07 21:06

ErieTVNews

Texas hunter says he aims to save black rhinos by killing one in Namibia
ErieTVNews
More than a year after the winning bid, Knowlton has received the green light from the USFWS to import the dead animal, the final step in the long process to move forward with his expedition. ... If this is such a science-based approach, why are we in ...
Can hunter save black rhinos by killing one?4029tv

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Taking action in Africa - MIT News

Tue, 2015-04-07 18:43

MIT News

Taking action in Africa
MIT News
The conference was organized the African Business Club, with help from the MIT African Students Association and the MIT-Africa Initiative — whose faculty director, Hazel Sive, a professor of biology and a native of South Africa, was on hand to deliver ...

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What should the MOST's newest animal resident be named? - Syracuse.com

Tue, 2015-04-07 16:46

Syracuse.com

What should the MOST's newest animal resident be named?
Syracuse.com
Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology's newest animal, a female African pygmy hedgehog, being held by MOST employee Carissa Evans, an exhibit educator who is the main trainer for the animals. The MOST is holding a contest to name her ...

Brontosaurus is Back! New Study Finds They Aren't Apatosaurs After All - Discover Magazine (blog)

Tue, 2015-04-07 11:03

Discover Magazine (blog)

Brontosaurus is Back! New Study Finds They Aren't Apatosaurs After All
Discover Magazine (blog)
These animals are renowned for their enormous body sizes, sweeping necks and small heads, and long, whiplashed tails, and are known from North and South America, Europe, and Africa. Tschopp and his colleagues took as objective an approach as ...

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Golden Gnu Breeding May Be Regulated in South Africa - Bloomberg

Tue, 2015-04-07 06:49

Bloomberg

Golden Gnu Breeding May Be Regulated in South Africa
Bloomberg
South Africa is conducting a scientific study into the growing practice of breeding so-called color-variant animals such as golden gnus, black impala and white kudu. The study by the ... “Whether it is a threat to conservation would depend on the size ...

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Moths Remember the Plant They Lost Their Virginity On - Science Times

Tue, 2015-04-07 01:05

Science Times

Moths Remember the Plant They Lost Their Virginity On
Science Times
Humans mostly remember the place where they lost their virginity, but we never suspected the same about animals. Recently a new study has found that African cotton leafworm moths also remember the plant species on which they mated for the first time.