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Controversial fossil hints Homo sapiens blazed a trail out of Africa earlier than thought - PBS NewsHour

Sun, 2018-01-28 21:58

PBS NewsHour

Controversial fossil hints Homo sapiens blazed a trail out of Africa earlier than thought
PBS NewsHour
But a flurry of discoveries in recent years has forced scientists to rethink that scenario. Just last year researchers reported that H. sapiens fossils from a site in Morocco called Jebel Irhoud date to more than 300,000 years ago, pushing the origin ...
Remains of earliest human outside Africa found in IsraelISRAEL21c
Fossil shows modern humans left Africa earlier than thoughtKRQE News 13

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Cape Town does 'indeed' have water plan - SAHRC - SowetanLIVE Sunday Wolrd

Sun, 2018-01-28 14:03

SowetanLIVE Sunday Wolrd

Cape Town does 'indeed' have water plan - SAHRC
SowetanLIVE Sunday Wolrd
The South African Human Rights Commission says that far from the situation reported following a media conference by DA leader Mmusi Maimane on Wednesday‚ it can confirm that the City of Cape Town does indeed have a water plan. Recognising however that ...
'Politics shouldn't mix with water': Minister MokonyaneeNCA

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Remains of earliest human outside Africa found in Israel - ISRAEL21c

Sun, 2018-01-28 06:59

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Remains of earliest human outside Africa found in Israel
ISRAEL21c
Until now, the earliest remains of a modern human found outside of Africa, at the Skhul and Qafzeh caves in Israel, were dated to 90,000 to 120,000 years ago. “Our research makes sense of many recent anthropological and genetic finds,” Hershkovitz said ...
Controversial Fossil Hints Homo sapiens Blazed a Trail Out of Africa Earlier Than ThoughtScientific American
Fossil shows ancestors left Africa earlier than thoughtThe Columbian

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MSU professors team up with African scientists to combat Striga - KBZK Bozeman News

Sat, 2018-01-27 05:01

KBZK Bozeman News

MSU professors team up with African scientists to combat Striga
KBZK Bozeman News
MSU's department of plant biology hosted the scientists as part of the toothpick project in hopes of teaching them good agricultural practices to combat Striga or witch-weed in Africa. The team hopes to use these skills to combat the issues that the ...

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Global register lists alien species - BBC News

Sat, 2018-01-27 00:39

BBC News

Global register lists alien species
BBC News
The first global register of alien species shows that a fifth of 6,400 plants and animals catalogued are causing harm. Some of the biggest factors in their spread are ballast water in ships for marine species and trade in ornamental plants on land, say ...

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Researchers Discover Fossilized Jawbone That May Alter Homo Sapiens' Timeline - HuffPost

Fri, 2018-01-26 23:38

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Researchers Discover Fossilized Jawbone That May Alter Homo Sapiens' Timeline
HuffPost
“This is an exciting discovery that confirms other suggestions of an earlier migration out of Africa,” added paleoanthropologist Rolf Quam of Binghamton University in New York, a co-author of the study published in the journal Science. “Now we finally ...
Oldest human fossil outside Africa found in IsraelProthom Alo English (satire) (press release) (blog)
Fossil shows modern humans left Africa long agoThe Peninsula Qatar

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What Is Kombucha And Does Its Hype Stand Up to Scientific Scrutiny? - ScienceAlert

Fri, 2018-01-26 21:45

What Is Kombucha And Does Its Hype Stand Up to Scientific Scrutiny?
ScienceAlert
To gain any long-term health benefits from foods containing live bacteria, known as probiotics, the current research suggests you would need to take them continuously. There is some evidence that probiotics can be useful in some groups of people, such ...

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Controversial Fossil Hints Homo sapiens Blazed a Trail Out of Africa Earlier Than Thought - Scientific American

Fri, 2018-01-26 19:12

Scientific American

Controversial Fossil Hints Homo sapiens Blazed a Trail Out of Africa Earlier Than Thought
Scientific American
In a paper published in the January 26 Science, researchers report on a fossil from a cave in Israel they say pushes the earliest known occurrence of our species outside of Africa back by tens of thousands of years. The discovery could add to a growing ...
Scientists discover the oldest human fossils outside AfricaWashington Post
New Fossil Found In Israel Suggests A Much Earlier Human Migration Out Of AfricaNPR
Oldest known human fossil outside Africa discovered in IsraelThe Guardian
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Can Virus Hunters Stop the Next Pandemic Before It Happens? - Smithsonian

Fri, 2018-01-26 18:48

Smithsonian

Can Virus Hunters Stop the Next Pandemic Before It Happens?
Smithsonian
Zoonotic viruses—those that jump from animals to humans, or vice versa—have caused some the world's most devastating pandemics. Of the roughly 400 emerging infectious diseases that have been identified since 1940, more than 60 percent have animal ...

Forget batteries: this tiny, wriggly robot runs on moisture - The Verge

Fri, 2018-01-26 16:28

The Verge

Forget batteries: this tiny, wriggly robot runs on moisture
The Verge
The robots in question aren't made of plant material; they just mimic the mechanisms behind plants. Making a robot that runs on moisture is valuable because moisture is an all-natural source of power. It's also not toxic, unlike batteries, which can ...

Bill Gates backs Edinburgh-based farm research projects - BBC News

Fri, 2018-01-26 16:04

BBC News

Bill Gates backs Edinburgh-based farm research projects
BBC News
"Cutting-edge" agriculture research projects in Edinburgh have been backed by Microsoft founder Bill Gates. Mr Gates joined International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt at an event at the University of Edinburgh. The Bill and Melinda Gates ...
Bill Gates at Edinburgh University to help fund GM crop researchThe National
Bill Gates' quest to create a SUPER COW: Billionaire backs Edinburgh-based research to genetically engineer the ...Daily Mail
Bill Gates wants to make cows great againThe Week Magazine

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Scottish livestock scientists to lead £4m African research project - The Scottish Farmer

Fri, 2018-01-26 14:12

The Scottish Farmer

Scottish livestock scientists to lead £4m African research project
The Scottish Farmer
Scientists from the UK, Africa, Australia and the USA will be working together, primarily at the project's two major hubs in Edinburgh and in Nairobi – on five research strands focusing on dairy genomics, chicken genomics, the genetics of health, new ...

UK aid backs ground-breaking British research into 'super-crops' - ReliefWeb

Fri, 2018-01-26 01:23

UK aid backs ground-breaking British research into 'super-crops'
ReliefWeb
UK scientists are leading new cutting-edge research to allow farmers to grow crops that are more nutritious, more resistant to disease and better able to withstand severe floods or drought in Africa, in addition to developing medicines to protect ...

Axios Science - Axios

Thu, 2018-01-25 21:22

Axios

Axios Science
Axios
Axios' Erin Ross writes: A ridge of teeth discovered in a cave in Israel are between 177,000-194,000 years old, according to a paper published today in Science. The teeth appear to be human, and if they are, would be the oldest anatomically modern ...

Oldest human remains outside Africa found in Israeli cave - Reuters

Thu, 2018-01-25 19:09

Reuters

Oldest human remains outside Africa found in Israeli cave
Reuters
A close-up view of the teeth accompanying the left maxilla of human remains from Misliya Cave in Israel, the oldest remains of our species Homo sapiens found outside Africa, is provided in this photo released on January 25, 2018. Courtesy Israel ...
Scientists discover the oldest human fossils outside AfricaWashington Post
Oldest human fossil outside Africa discovered in IsraelThe Independent
New Fossil Found In Israel Suggests A Much Earlier Human Migration Out Of AfricaNPR
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