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Yields of key cassava crop not keeping pace with Africa population growth - Reuters

Tue, 2015-03-03 16:13

Reuters

Yields of key cassava crop not keeping pace with Africa population growth
Reuters
ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Yields of cassava, a key crop feeding millions of people across Africa, are not keeping pace with population growth despite its tolerance for climate change, a leading scientist said. More than half the world's ...
Yields of key cassava crop not keeping pace with Africa population growth: TRFNReuters Africa

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Yields of key cassava crop not keeping pace with Africa population growth - Reuters UK

Tue, 2015-03-03 14:24

Reuters UK

Yields of key cassava crop not keeping pace with Africa population growth
Reuters UK
Farms in Asia, particularly Thailand, where cassava is often produced for animal feed or industrial uses, yield 21 tonnes per hectare, compared with less than 13 in Africa, Hershey said. Poor planning and a lack of investment in research partly explain ...

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Yields of key cassava crop not keeping pace with Africa population growth - Business Insider

Tue, 2015-03-03 14:20

Business Insider

Yields of key cassava crop not keeping pace with Africa population growth
Business Insider
ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Yields of cassava, a key crop feeding millions of people across Africa, are not keeping pace with population growth despite its tolerance for climate change, a leading scientist said. More than half the world's ...

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Deforestation could shift monsoons, leaving India high and dry: IISC researchers - Daily News & Analysis

Tue, 2015-03-03 04:01

Daily News & Analysis

Deforestation could shift monsoons, leaving India high and dry: IISC researchers
Daily News & Analysis
Large-scale deforestation could cause monsoon rains to shift south, cutting rainfall in India by nearly a fifth, scientists say. Deforestation has long been known to cause temperature increases in local areas, but new research published on Tuesday ...
Deforestation could shift monsoons, leaving India high and dryTown Hall
Deforestation could cause India droughtwww.worldbulletin.net

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Termites: Guardians of the Soil - New York Times

Tue, 2015-03-03 01:24

New York Times

Termites: Guardians of the Soil
New York Times
As scientists are just beginning to appreciate, termites and the often elaborate habitats they construct are crucial to the health and robustness of a broad array of ecosystems: deserts and semideserts; tropical and subtropical rain forests; warm ...

Can this company do better than the egg? - Washington Post

Mon, 2015-03-02 22:36

Can this company do better than the egg?
Washington Post
It's a top-secret plant protein prototype with three ingredients that these chefs and a crew of biochemists and data analysts are coaxing through the R&D phase before launching it as a food product. Dubbed Just Scramble, it's on schedule to debut in ...

Stages of design - Harvard Gazette

Mon, 2015-03-02 22:29

Harvard Gazette

Stages of design
Harvard Gazette
“We wanted to show the depth of research, and how it manifests itself in different media,” said Dan Borelli, GSD's director of exhibitions. The winning design looks like a robust succession of compact A-frames capable of withstanding the irregular ...

Two Strains of HIV Cut Vastly Different Paths - New York Times

Mon, 2015-03-02 20:05

New York Times

Two Strains of HIV Cut Vastly Different Paths
New York Times
Piece by piece, year after year, the scientists reconstructed its history. Their research slowly revealed that the virus did not make a single leap from animals, but several. On Monday, a team of researchers filled in the final gaps in the history. It ...
2 strains of HIV cut vastly different pathsThe Seattle Times
Researchers Just Filled A Major Gap In HIV's Evolutionary Historyio9
Half Of Human AIDS Came From GorillasTech Times

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Small, Sustainable Farmers Struggle Against Monsanto in Africa - SustainableBusiness.com

Mon, 2015-03-02 19:50

Small, Sustainable Farmers Struggle Against Monsanto in Africa
SustainableBusiness.com
Since the 1990s, three-quarters of the world's plant genetic diversity has been lost, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) because big agriculture has successfully convinced farmers to plant monocultures that consist ...

Glencore Faces Hit From 'Big Play' on Coal - Wall Street Journal

Sun, 2015-03-01 21:03

Wall Street Journal

Glencore Faces Hit From 'Big Play' on Coal
Wall Street Journal
U.S. demand is also waning as power plants shift to natural gas, and exports from coal-producing countries such as Russia, Colombia and Australia are on the rise, analysts say. Prices have fallen to near six-year lows, hovering between $60 and $65 a ...

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World Wildlife Day: Why We Need Wild Animals - Huffington Post

Sun, 2015-03-01 19:15

World Wildlife Day: Why We Need Wild Animals
Huffington Post
As science progresses we continue to draw inspiration from our wild relatives -- a bird's wing, a spider's web, the complex architecture of ants. Through biomimicry, the innovations of wildlife have allowed us to develop technology that improves our ...

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Fixing Outdated Guidelines For Human Vaccine Trials - Science 2.0

Sun, 2015-03-01 16:27

Science 2.0

Fixing Outdated Guidelines For Human Vaccine Trials
Science 2.0
The discovery raised major concerns. Scientists knew that SV40 caused cancer-like tumors in lab animals and human tissue. But they did not know how it affected living people. In 1963, scientists gathered in La Jolla, California to discuss the “safety ...

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ZMapp Ebola Trial Starts In Liberia: Is It Too Late? - Forbes

Sun, 2015-03-01 15:19

WOWT

ZMapp Ebola Trial Starts In Liberia: Is It Too Late?
Forbes
The widely-discussed antibody cocktail, ZMapp, is finally going to be tested under standardized, controlled conditions for its safety and efficacy in Ebola virus disease-infected patients in Liberia and, potentially, the United States. Late Friday, the ...
Human tests begin for ZMapp Ebola drugU-T San Diego
Experimental Ebola drug ZMapp begins clinical trials in LiberiaLos Angeles Times
US, Liberia kick off trial of Ebola drug ZMappReuters
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Lion program among African projects that Zoo Boise visitors can vote to support - The Idaho Statesman

Sun, 2015-03-01 07:10

The Idaho Statesman

Lion program among African projects that Zoo Boise visitors can vote to support
The Idaho Statesman
ELEPHANTS: This project will support intensive monitoring of elephant herds in the park to help address two of the biggest problems with these large animals: human-elephant conflict and poaching for ivory. Both the human and elephant populations in and ...

While New England Gets Snow, West Africa Gets Sand - WBUR

Sat, 2015-02-28 22:14

WBUR

While New England Gets Snow, West Africa Gets Sand
WBUR
That may not be a scientific assessment, but that's how it feels, so please indulge me. The Harmattan — a land wind — blows from the northeast and often starts in ... The dust often interferes with aircraft operations and settles on the decks of ...

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Bamboo – An Answer to Deforestation or Not in Africa? - Inter Press Service

Sat, 2015-02-28 19:39

Inter Press Service

Bamboo – An Answer to Deforestation or Not in Africa?
Inter Press Service
HARARE, Feb 28 2015 (IPS) - Deforestation is haunting the African continent as industrial growth paves over public commons and puts more hectares into private hands. According to the Environmental News Network, a web-based resource, Africa loses ...

While New England Gets Snow, West Africa Gets Sand - KOSU

Sat, 2015-02-28 17:26

KOSU

While New England Gets Snow, West Africa Gets Sand
KOSU
That may not be a scientific assessment, but that's how it feels, so please indulge me! The Harmattan, a land wind, blows from the northeast, often starts in January (the ... The dust often interferes with aircraft operations and settles on the decks ...

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Better Genes Mean Better Beans - Science 2.0

Sat, 2015-02-28 15:32

Science World Report

Better Genes Mean Better Beans
Science 2.0
"These legumes were selected because of their extreme tolerances, but so far only limited research has been carried out," explains Chapman, who also teaches evolutionary biology at the University of Southampton. "Hyacinth bean is one of the most ...
Better genes for better (more adaptable) beansScience Codex
Legume DNA Reveals Secrets to Hardier, Drought-Resistant CropsScience World Report

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Why Are Elephants and Other Animals So Wrinkly? - National Geographic

Sat, 2015-02-28 14:03

National Geographic

Why Are Elephants and Other Animals So Wrinkly?
National Geographic
When you write a column called Weird Animal Question of the Week, it's inevitable that you get some smart-aleck inquiries. Recently someone asked me: "What happens when you put anti-wrinkle cream on an elephant?" (See National Geographic's elephant ...

Experimental Ebola drug ZMapp begins clinical trials in Liberia - Los Angeles Times

Sat, 2015-02-28 00:28

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Experimental Ebola drug ZMapp begins clinical trials in Liberia
Los Angeles Times
"This clinical trial will help us determine if ZMapp and other treatments are safe and effective for use in the current devastating outbreak in West Africa as well as in future outbreaks," Fauci said in a prepared statement. The clinical trial was ...
U.S., Liberia Start Clinical Trial of Expiermental Drug ZMapp For EbolaTech Times
Clinical Trial of Possible Ebola Drug Starts in LiberiaSCVNEWS.com
US, Liberia kick off trial of Ebola drug ZMappReuters
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