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Single dose of Ebola vaccine works rapidly in monkeys - Los Angeles Times

Fri, 2015-08-07 11:01

Ravalli Republic

Single dose of Ebola vaccine works rapidly in monkeys
Los Angeles Times
The discovery, reported Thursday in the journal Science, fills gaps in scientists' knowledge about how new vaccines stave off Ebola disease -- and could signal good news for the battle against the infection in West Africa. "I was very, very ... For ...
RML scientist publishes major study on Ebola vaccineRavalli Republic
Single dose Ebola vaccine is safe and effective in monkeys against outbreak ...EurekAlert (press release)

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9 of the smartest animals on Earth - Mother Nature Network

Thu, 2015-08-06 19:48

Mother Nature Network

9 of the smartest animals on Earth
Mother Nature Network
The bonobo is a close cousin to the chimpanzee, another famously intelligent animal. Extremely endangered, the bonobo is found only in central Africa. Like other great apes, bonobos have been taught to use sign language and symbols. National Geographic ...

For Vaccines Needed in an Epidemic, Timing is Everything - New York Times

Thu, 2015-08-06 17:45

New York Times

For Vaccines Needed in an Epidemic, Timing is Everything
New York Times
Last year, scientists launched a trial of an experimental vaccine against Ebola in Guinea. On Friday, they reported great news: The vaccine works well, providing remarkable protection just 10 days after injection. “We have to stop and celebrate the ...

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​Ancient reptiles attacked with giant fangs - CBS News

Thu, 2015-08-06 11:03

CBS News

​Ancient reptiles attacked with giant fangs
CBS News
Among males, the saber teeth may have been used during fights against rivals "for territory, resources and females," Cisneros told Live Science. "The sabers could also be used against potential predators that existed in the middle Permian, such as ...
Ancient Reptiles Attacked with Giant FangsYahoo News

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Here are the animals that actually benefit from human hunting - Washington Post

Wed, 2015-08-05 12:05

Here are the animals that actually benefit from human hunting
Washington Post
A group of Spanish scientists from the Institute of Research in Game Resources published a study this week that shows scavengers throughout the world are getting quite a bit of grub from people's hunted remains. In Europe and the U.S. ... The wolf is ...

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China-Funded Research Center to Boost Africa's Biodiversity Conservation - AllAfrica.com

Wed, 2015-08-05 11:01

China-Funded Research Center to Boost Africa's Biodiversity Conservation
AllAfrica.com
Nairobi — The Sino-Africa joint research centre hosted by a Kenyan university will transform biodiversity conservation on the continent and unleash socio-economic benefits to communities. In an interview with Xinhua, Professor Robert Gituru, the ...

Hunter guide accused in Cecil the lion's death faces poaching charges - CNN International

Wed, 2015-08-05 08:50

PolitiFact

Hunter guide accused in Cecil the lion's death faces poaching charges
CNN International
Photos of dead wild animals with hunters posing over them holding rifles fill the page dedicated to a small business called Bushman Safaris Zimbabwe. According to the page, Bronkhorst founded the company in 1992. In dozens of photos, hunters hold up ...
Jack Hanna talks Cecil on "This Week," claims Africa's lion population is in ...PolitiFact
These Projects Protect Lions From Poachers, Traps, and Angry PeopleSlate Magazine
Killing of Cecil pressures United States to protect African lionYahoo News
VOA Learning English -NBCNews.com
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2200-year-old termite mound discovered in the Miombo woodland, central Africa - Daily Mail

Tue, 2015-08-04 17:07

Daily Mail

2200-year-old termite mound discovered in the Miombo woodland, central Africa
Daily Mail
Miombo describes Brachystegia boehmii and similar trees found across southern Africa and also describes the savannah woodlands of the region. ... 'These ages should be interpreted as minimum estimates,' the scientists write. ... J Scott Turner of the ...

Bonobos have mastered the art of babytalk, new research shows - The Guardian

Tue, 2015-08-04 11:18

The Guardian

Bonobos have mastered the art of babytalk, new research shows
The Guardian
Chimpanzees, like other animals, can improvise tools, co-operate and communicate by using recognisable signals. But the great apes, and the pygmy chimpanzee Pan paniscus in particular, go much further. Different groups of apes in different parts of ...
Don't be surprised if your little one is a cheeky monkey: Bonobo study finds ...Express.co.uk
Human babies share a common 'language' with bonobo apesIrish Examiner

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Ancient Reptiles Attacked with Giant Fangs - Live Science

Tue, 2015-08-04 11:12

Live Science

Ancient Reptiles Attacked with Giant Fangs
Live Science
A number of these extinct beasts also possessed complex, molarlike teeth on the roofs of their mouths, scientists added. Before the rise of the dinosaurs, the most successful vertebrates on land were the ancestors of mammals — animals known as ...

DNA proves it: African 'golden jackal' is really a golden wolf - Los Angeles Times

Mon, 2015-08-03 23:06

Los Angeles Times

DNA proves it: African 'golden jackal' is really a golden wolf
Los Angeles Times
The animals were about the same size and looked a lot alike. But it turns out to have been a case of mistaken identity: A new DNA analysis shows that the African "jackals" are in fact more closely related to a sort of wolf than they are to the Eurasian ...
Why the African 'golden jackal' is really more a 'golden wolf'Sydney Morning Herald
Why It Took 150 Years For Golden Jackals To Be Reclassified As Golden Wolves ...Tech Times

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Public Release: 3-Aug-2015 4 million years at Africa's salad bar - EurekAlert (press release)

Mon, 2015-08-03 19:03

EurekAlert (press release)

Public Release: 3-Aug-2015 4 million years at Africa's salad bar
EurekAlert (press release)
3, 2015 - As grasses grew more common in Africa, most major mammal groups tried grazing on them at times during the past 4 million years, but some of the animals went extinct or switched back to browsing on trees and shrubs, according to a study led by ...
4 Million Years at Africa's Salad BarNewswise (press release)

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Jack Hanna talks Cecil on "This Week," claims Africa's lion population is in ... - PolitiFact

Mon, 2015-08-03 17:24

PolitiFact

Jack Hanna talks Cecil on "This Week," claims Africa's lion population is in ...
PolitiFact
As experts debate legal consequences for the Minnesota dentist who killed well-known Zimbabwean lion Cecil, conservationists and animal rights activists are using the opportunity to highlight threats to the long-term viability of lions in the wild ...
Delta, American won't ship exotic animal trophies anymoreWSB Atlanta
Killing of Cecil pressures United States to protect African lionYahoo News
Cecil the Lion: 'Knee-Jerk' Reaction May Hurt Wildlife, Zimbabwe Guide SaysNBCNews.com

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Lionizing Cecil Makes Us Feel Good, But a Trophy Hunting Ban Will Accelerate ... - CALIFORNIA

Mon, 2015-08-03 15:41

Express.co.uk

Lionizing Cecil Makes Us Feel Good, But a Trophy Hunting Ban Will Accelerate ...
CALIFORNIA
I interviewed Leakey a few years ago for my book, Game Changer: Animal Rights and the Fate of Africa's Wildlife (University of California Press, 2012). His words came back to me with the brouhaha over the shooting of Cecil, the most lionized lion on ...
We must protect remaining lions, says Stuart WinterExpress.co.uk
Double controversy hits Southern Africa's trophy hunting industryDaily Maverick

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Why It Took 150 Years For Golden Jackals To Be Reclassified As Golden Wolves ... - Tech Times

Mon, 2015-08-03 12:23

Pioneer News

Why It Took 150 Years For Golden Jackals To Be Reclassified As Golden Wolves ...
Tech Times
A new study conducted by researchers at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) has found that a species of jackal endemic to Africa and Eurasia is in fact a separate species of wolf ...
Scientists Learn to Distinguish Between African Golden Wolf and Eurasian ...Pioneer News

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Wild Beauty: Winning Ecology Photos Feature Sunbirds and Zebras - Live Science

Mon, 2015-08-03 11:07

Live Science

Wild Beauty: Winning Ecology Photos Feature Sunbirds and Zebras
Live Science
The winning photos from a recent ecology photo contest prove that Mother Nature is always ready for her close-up. In one photo, a small bird sucks nectar from an exotic flower. In another, a zebra munches vividly colored grass. And yet another photo ...

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Donald Trump defending sons' sport killing of exotic African animals may ... - New York Daily News

Mon, 2015-08-03 06:02

New York Daily News

Donald Trump defending sons' sport killing of exotic African animals may ...
New York Daily News
Bad press has so far been like fertilizer to Donald Trump's popularity. But his defense of his sons' sport of slaughtering exotic African animals could be the kill shot to his presidential aspirations now that possibly both Cecil the lion and his ...

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