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Evaluating Ebola as a Biological Weapon - Forbes

Mon, 2014-10-27 11:28

Forbes

Evaluating Ebola as a Biological Weapon
Forbes
“Bushmeat,” or portions of roasted meat from a variety of wild animals, is considered by many to be a delicacy in Africa, and in a continent where hunger is widespread, it is also a necessity for many hungry people. After several months of medical ...

An ancient rift among giraffes gives us clues on how to conserve them - BMC Pediatrics (blog)

Mon, 2014-10-27 11:03

BMC Pediatrics (blog)

An ancient rift among giraffes gives us clues on how to conserve them
BMC Pediatrics (blog)
The number of giraffe subspecies, and the relationship between them, remains controversial. Research, published in BMC Evolutionary Biology, uses a new analysis of mitochondrial DNA to help resolve these questions, with implications for the ...

Student researches dwindling cheetah populations in Africa - N.C. State University Technician Online

Mon, 2014-10-27 04:32

N.C. State University Technician Online

Student researches dwindling cheetah populations in Africa
N.C. State University Technician Online
Johnny Wilson worked with a team of international biologists to research the decline of cheetah populations while working on his Ph.D. at NC State. The study investigated the high-energy expenditure of cheetahs while looking for prey as a possible ...

Geology | Largest uncut diamond was a mammoth gem - Columbus Dispatch

Sun, 2014-10-26 13:02

Geology | Largest uncut diamond was a mammoth gem
Columbus Dispatch
The largest uncut diamond ever found was the Cullinan, discovered in 1905 about 18 feet below ground in the walls of the Premier diamond mine, about 24 miles east of Pretoria, South Africa. The magnificent stone was weighed, and replicas were made ...

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Ebola: the race to find a vaccine - The Guardian

Sun, 2014-10-26 07:42

The Guardian

Ebola: the race to find a vaccine
The Guardian
That strategy is now the responsibility of researchers at laboratories in Britain, Canada, the US and Mali, where scientists are in a race to develop vaccines that could be shipped to west Africa as early as December, with more doses to follow next ...
Pentagon speeds up effort to find Ebola treatmentsNavyTimes.com

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Master Naturalists: what to do with invasive species - Victoria Advocate

Sun, 2014-10-26 04:05

Master Naturalists: what to do with invasive species
Victoria Advocate
Invading can occur through natural processes such as geological change (long-term) and climatic changes (short-term changes). There was not grass and brush from here to West Texas when it was the Permian-Period shallow sea 250 million years ago.

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A tough road ahead for concentrated solar power - The Desert Sun

Sun, 2014-10-26 04:03

The Desert Sun

A tough road ahead for concentrated solar power
The Desert Sun
As the state races to adopt renewable energy, one of its biggest challenges will be intermittency — the fact that most solar and wind plants only produce power when the sun is shining, or when the wind is blowing. .... "A lot of it comes down to ...