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The mysterious 2 billion-year-old creature that would make Darwin smile - Washington Post

Wed, 2015-02-04 08:02

Washington Post

The mysterious 2 billion-year-old creature that would make Darwin smile
Washington Post
In what researchers call the “greatest absence of evolution ever reported,” these deep-sea creatures have taken a pass on the chaos of biological progress for the past 2.3 billion years. Leave it to other organisms to battle with the forces of natural ...

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Scientists to use research and education to guide conservation in central Africa - Phys.Org

Tue, 2015-02-03 23:05

Phys.Org

Scientists to use research and education to guide conservation in central Africa
Phys.Org
A professor working with students on a small mammal survey in Gabon is pictured. Researchers from Africa, North America and Europe have published a road map on how future evolutionary research and education efforts in Central African forests …more.
Scientists Produce Roadmap for Using Evolutionary Research and Education To ...Newswise (press release)

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Should animal feed in sub-Saharan Africa contain more nitrogen? - environmentalresearchweb

Tue, 2015-02-03 09:15

Should animal feed in sub-Saharan Africa contain more nitrogen?
environmentalresearchweb
In a study published in Environmental Research Letters (ERL), Powell examined the differences in feed and manure management in dairy systems in parts of sub-Saharan Africa, which have a low nitrogen input, and the US (high nitrogen input). “The amount ...

Rare Cat Caught on Camera…Attacking a Monkey - Smithsonian

Mon, 2015-02-02 15:36

Rare Cat Caught on Camera…Attacking a Monkey
Smithsonian
It's not the first time African golden cats have been caught on camera in Kibale National Park, but the hunting footage marks a rare daytime appearance for an animal so skittish, biologists used to think it was nocturnal. The video is precious to ...

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South Africa Said to Favor Vodacom Sale in Eskom Bailout - Bloomberg

Mon, 2015-02-02 10:50

International Business Times UK

South Africa Said to Favor Vodacom Sale in Eskom Bailout
Bloomberg
(Bloomberg) -- South Africa will probably first sell its stake in a Vodafone Group Plc unit as it disposes of state assets to raise funds for power plants needed to stoke economic growth, five people familiar with the matter said. The government owns ...
South Africa may sell Vodacom stake to raise funds for power plantsInternational Business Times UK

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Philanthropist Howard Buffett backs brown revolution in Africa - Al Jazeera America

Sun, 2015-02-01 16:08

Al Jazeera America

Philanthropist Howard Buffett backs brown revolution in Africa
Al Jazeera America
He was on a 1,500-acre test farm on a broad plain between the rugged Chiricahua and Dragoon mountains of southeastern Arizona that is part of a research archipelago on two continents where Buffett's cash-flush charitable foundation is gambling an ...

New invasive plant found in Harveys Lake - Citizens Voice

Sun, 2015-02-01 09:00

New invasive plant found in Harveys Lake
Citizens Voice
Three times a year the scientists check things such as nutrient and pH levels, take deep and shallow water samples for testing and look at aquatic plants. It was during the July inspection that the hydrilla first came to light in three locations at the ...

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Pangolins: 13 facts about the world's most hunted animal - Telegraph.co.uk

Sat, 2015-01-31 10:04

Telegraph.co.uk

Pangolins: 13 facts about the world's most hunted animal
Telegraph.co.uk
Four of the species are Asian: Chinese, Malayan (or Sunda), Indian and Palawan; while the others are African: Tree pangolin, Giant ground pangolin, Cape pangolin and Long-tailed pangolin. 2) A pangolin's tongue can be longer than its body. When fully ...

Very Rare African Golden Cat Caught on Camera - Tech Times

Sat, 2015-01-31 05:09

Tech Times

Very Rare African Golden Cat Caught on Camera
Tech Times
The African golden cat, which can only be found in the forests of West and Central Africa and weighs between 5 and 16 kilograms, is elusive. Only a small number of western scientists were able to observe it in the wild. Records of the animal are also ...
African golden cat captured on video in the wild for the first timeDaily Mail

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Compact wool measurement tool may find home on the range - Phys.Org

Fri, 2015-01-30 22:28

Compact wool measurement tool may find home on the range
Phys.Org
A team of Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists at San Angelo is evaluating the new FibreLux and comparing its results with that of the OFDA2000, which has been used for several years and has the confidence of the industry for accuracy in measuring ...

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Look to animals to cure Ebola - Baltimore Sun

Fri, 2015-01-30 15:46

Look to animals to cure Ebola
Baltimore Sun
Animal research is vital to the study of disease, and it is the primary reason why scientists have hope that they'll be able to cure Ebola and other emerging infectious diseases. ... In order to see how a disease progresses, researchers must use a ...

Scientists develop potential late-stage rabies treatment - UPI.com

Fri, 2015-01-30 03:40

UPI.com

Scientists develop potential late-stage rabies treatment
UPI.com
But a new vaccine, developed by scientists at the University of Georgia, promises to extend that window of opportunity, enabling the successful treatment of a rabies infection well past the traditional cutoff point. ... "While these preliminary results ...

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A Gorgeous Look at Some of the Oldest Trees on Earth - Slate Magazine (blog)

Thu, 2015-01-29 20:08

Slate Magazine (blog)

A Gorgeous Look at Some of the Oldest Trees on Earth
Slate Magazine (blog)
Beth Moon's father made an impression on her when he told stories about his childhood learning the names of birds, trees, and flowers. Around 14 years ago, while living in England, she began to photograph trees, traveling around the country in search ...

A famous Ebola patient who remained anonymous for 20 years - Science AAAS

Thu, 2015-01-29 19:05

Science AAAS

A famous Ebola patient who remained anonymous for 20 years
Science AAAS
The only Ebola case ever recorded in West Africa before the current outbreak, she is simply described in four scientific papers as a 34-year-old woman who contracted the disease in 1994 while working as a chimpanzee researcher in the Taï National Park ...