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The 'Underground Astronauts' in search of new human species - CNN

Wed, 2016-05-04 00:16

CNN

The 'Underground Astronauts' in search of new human species
CNN
(CNN) Hidden deep within the innards of a South African cave lay human evolution's equivalent of Tutankhamun's tomb. A treasure trove of 15 skeletons -- eight children, five adults and two adolescents -- all members of a previously unknown species of ...

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Virginia Tech Summer work in Africa hopes to expand diversity in science - WDBJ7

Tue, 2016-05-03 22:06

WDBJ7

Virginia Tech Summer work in Africa hopes to expand diversity in science
WDBJ7
BLACKSBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) Despite a diverse surrounding community and science being a top field at Virginia Tech, officials say there are not enough minority students advancing in science. But a new project this Summer may help solve that problem.
Grant to send two Virginia Tech undergraduate students to study disease ecology in AfricaAugusta Free Press

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Stunning Cloud Maps Tell the Story of Life on Earth - Climate Central

Tue, 2016-05-03 14:18

Climate Central

Stunning Cloud Maps Tell the Story of Life on Earth
Climate Central
That story has become a lot clearer thanks to new maps created by scientists that document a global year in the clouds in more intimate detail than ever before. The maps — a cloud atlas if you will — provide a fine-grained view of how clouds move ...

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60% of Loggerhead Turtles Stranded on Beaches in South Africa Had Ingested Plastic - EcoWatch

Tue, 2016-05-03 13:52

EcoWatch

60% of Loggerhead Turtles Stranded on Beaches in South Africa Had Ingested Plastic
EcoWatch
Now, researchers have found that 60 percent of post-hatchling loggerhead turtles stranded on southern Cape beaches in South Africa have been impacted by growing quantities of human-caused debris such as plastic fragments, packaging and fibers ...

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Estimates of cheetah numbers are 'guesswork', say researchers - Phys.Org

Tue, 2016-05-03 13:40

Phys.Org

Estimates of cheetah numbers are 'guesswork', say researchers
Phys.Org
However, a team of scientists from the Kenya Wildlife Trust's Mara Cheetah Project, the University of Oxford and the Indian Statistical Institute says this number is simply a best guess, given the difficulty of counting cheetahs accurately. ... Lead ...

A single injection of antibodies protects monkeys against HIV for nearly 6 months - ScienceAlert

Tue, 2016-05-03 07:31

A single injection of antibodies protects monkeys against HIV for nearly 6 months
ScienceAlert
Of course, we already have preventative treatments against HIV - such as PrEP, which reduces the risk fo being infected from sex by more than 90 percent - but the pill needs to be taken every single day, and research has suggested that this strategy ...

If Open Sharing Of Data Is A Great Idea For Combatting A Dangerous Plant Disease, Why Not For All Human Diseases? - Techdirt

Tue, 2016-05-03 06:29

If Open Sharing Of Data Is A Great Idea For Combatting A Dangerous Plant Disease, Why Not For All Human Diseases?
Techdirt
Wheat blast is caused by a fungus known as Magnaporthe oryzae although scientists are still debating its exact identity. There is a risk that wheat blast could expand beyond South America and threaten food security in wheat growing areas in Asia and ...

Californian sudden oak death epidemic 'unstoppable' - Science Daily

Tue, 2016-05-03 02:01

Science Daily

Californian sudden oak death epidemic 'unstoppable'
Science Daily
New research shows the sudden oak death epidemic in California cannot now be stopped, but that its tremendous ecological and economic impacts could have been greatly reduced if control had been started earlier. The research also identifies new ...

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How farmer-philanthropist Howard Buffett is planting hope in Africa - PBS NewsHour

Tue, 2016-05-03 00:36

PBS NewsHour

How farmer-philanthropist Howard Buffett is planting hope in Africa
PBS NewsHour
Howard Buffett, son of billionaire Warren Buffett, has an ambitious life goal: ending world hunger. As a farmer and philanthropist, his focus is on reviving African agriculture, which has suffered massive production failures. In collaboration with The ...

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Ebola virus genome provides clues to repeated disease 'flare-ups' in Western Africa - Science Daily

Mon, 2016-05-02 16:09

NPR

Ebola virus genome provides clues to repeated disease 'flare-ups' in Western Africa
Science Daily
Ebola virus samples taken from patients in Liberia in June 2015 are strikingly similar in their genetic makeup to other Ebola virus sequences from Western Africa, according to research published online in the journal Science Advances. The study ... In ...
Genomic Analysis Explains Recurrence of Ebola EpidemicPerfScience

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Demographic changes increase the risk of natural fires - Phys.Org

Mon, 2016-05-02 15:00

Demographic changes increase the risk of natural fires
Phys.Org
In many parts of the world, grass and forest fires pose a threat to animals and humans. According to a new study from Lund University in Sweden, while climate change is ... In Africa, the Middle East, and parts of Asia and South America, population ...

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Warmer future for Northwest forests foreseen in WSUV research - The Columbian

Mon, 2016-05-02 13:02

The Columbian

Warmer future for Northwest forests foreseen in WSUV research
The Columbian
Pacific Northwest gardeners might consider planting banana and avocado trees in the not-too-distant future, according to new research coming out of Washington State University Vancouver. Created by WSUV scientists Jean Liénard, Nikolay Strigul and John ...

Africa: The Fight for Elephants Goes Global - AllAfrica.com

Mon, 2016-05-02 11:47

Business Insider

Africa: The Fight for Elephants Goes Global
AllAfrica.com
Illegal ivory and rhino horn confiscated from poachers and traffickers and "clean" trophies from animals that died of natural causes and that have been given up by the public following an amnesty. ... The Giants Club Summit, convened under the auspices ...
Africa leaders, conservationists seek end to slaughter of elephants, rhinosBusiness Insider
Kenya Burns Largest Ever Ivory StockpileFortune
Giants Club elephant summit: Kenya calls for end to ivory tradeBBC News
Telegraph.co.uk -Scientific American
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Can superfoods boost the planet's health, too? - GreenBiz

Mon, 2016-05-02 08:10

GreenBiz

Can superfoods boost the planet's health, too?
GreenBiz
While the precise environmental benefits of the baobab and moringa planted so far are unknown, we do know that trees help improve soil structure and fertility — sometimes so significantly that yields of other crops also improve — and protect water ...

Pittsburgh Zoo works to prevent tuberculosis in Af... - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Mon, 2016-05-02 04:02

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh Zoo works to prevent tuberculosis in Af...
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
During elephant-riding tours in Africa, people are put in close contact with the big animals, presenting a risk of exposure to a potentially fatal disease. “It's serious,” said Willie Theison, elephant manager at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. “We ...

The Cure For Fear - New Republic

Mon, 2016-05-02 00:00

New Republic

The Cure For Fear
New Republic
Kindt had developed a revolutionary treatment that could “neutralize” fear memories with a single pill. This treatment was a scientific breakthrough, building on decades of psychological research. It was also deceptively simple. “It was quick and dirty ...

Homo Sapiens 2.0? We need a species-wide conversation about the future of human genetic enhancement - TechCrunch

Sun, 2016-05-01 15:00

TechCrunch

Homo Sapiens 2.0? We need a species-wide conversation about the future of human genetic enhancement
TechCrunch
The realization was inevitable; only the timing was at issue. Neil Armstrong climbed down the Apollo 11 ladder seven years later. We have all the tools we need to alter the genetic makeup of our species. The science is here. The realization is ...

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Lehigh Valley Zoo strives for new heights with giraffe exhibit - Allentown Morning Call

Sun, 2016-05-01 02:10

Allentown Morning Call

Lehigh Valley Zoo strives for new heights with giraffe exhibit
Allentown Morning Call
Because they are a big selling point, giraffes are in demand by zoological parks, said Sironen, owner of Zoo Consultants International LLC, an Ohio company specializing in animal exhibit planning and transportation. African animals tend to be among the ...

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Dinosaur Lineage Traced to Africa - Seeker (registration) (blog)

Sat, 2016-04-30 22:35

Seeker (registration) (blog)

Dinosaur Lineage Traced to Africa
Seeker (registration) (blog)
In addition to the already mentioned animals, the survivors included other archosaurs, which is a group that includes modern crocodiles, modern birds and- back in the day- dinosaurs. Cynodonts also lived through the onslaught. This group later evolved ...

Kenya Burns Largest Ever Ivory Stockpile - Fortune

Sat, 2016-04-30 21:24

Business Insider

Kenya Burns Largest Ever Ivory Stockpile
Fortune
Plumes of smoke rose as the flames took hold of tusks piled up in a game reserve on the edge of the capital Nairobi, destroying 105 tons of ivory from about 8,000 animals, the biggest ever incineration of its kind. President Uhuru Kenyatta dismissed ...
Africa leaders, conservationists seek end to slaughter of elephants, rhinosBusiness Insider
Giants Club elephant summit: Kenya calls for end to ivory tradeBBC News
Saving Africa's last elephants in styleTelegraph.co.uk
Scientific American -Cortez Journal -Prothom Alo (English)
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